By Bill Swartz
“Beware of dangerous Lions” was the message Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley shared with his guys and the media following Thursday’s practice.
While the 2-4 Lions have struggled to find the end zone this season, they are still a potent offense. Bradley pointed out that quarterback Matthew Stafford and Detroit’s offense is still averaging over 400 yards per game.
Part of Detroit’s struggles, Bradley said, has been fumbles in the red zone. Turnovers killed two scoring chances Monday in a loss at Chicago. Bradley said he has been stressing the importance of his defense causing more interceptions and fumbles, especially in road games.
Bradley said the Seahawks defense had its pride hurt by several big running plays against San Francisco. Detroit runs similar quick-hitting trap run plays up the middle.
That Monday night game against the Bears took a toll on the Lions. Defensive end Cliff Avril (back), cornerback Jacob Lacey (concussion), linebacker DeAndre Levy (hamstring) and safety Amari Spievey (concussion) were all held out of Thursday practice.
For Seattle, receiver Doug Baldwin is ruled out with a high ankle sprain. Defensive lineman Jason Jones missed a second straight practice with his sprained ankle. Cornerback Byron Maxwell’s hamstring problem kept him out of the Thursday workout. Guard John Moffitt was limited in practice as he recovers from a knee injury.