JOHN CLAYTON

Clayton: Wilson, Seahawks must avoid embarrassing loss to 2-win Lions

Dec 31, 2021, 3:58 PM
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Russell Wilson hands the ball off to Rashaad Penny of the Seattle Seahawks during the first quarter at Lumen Field. (Steph Chambers/Getty Images)
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The Seahawks have their final home game of the season.

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They play a Detroit Lions team that has won only two games. They should have won against a bad Chicago Bears team but they didn’t last week. So they are 5-10 in what has been a horrible season.

Losing to the Lions would be an embarrassment. First, the Lions won’t have Jared Goff at quarterback. They go with backup Tim Boyle. The Seahawks have lost to two backups this season – Colt McCoy of the Arizona Cardinals and Nick Foles from the Bears.

They shouldn’t have problems protecting Russell Wilson. The Lions don’t have playmakers on defense. They only have 25 sacks, tied for the second worst in the league. By the way the Seahawks have 29.

The Lions are thin for experienced cornerbacks and good wide receivers.

One thing that is good for the Lions is that they love playing for new head coach Dan Campbell. Campbell hasn’t taught the team how to win, but he is aggressive and the players like that. He goes for more fourth downs than any coach in football.

The Seahawks have most of their players back from COVID-19, although guard Damien Lewis went on the list this week. But it’s good for the defense to get back cornerback D.J Reed.

This is another big game for halfback Rashaad Penny. Same for quarterback Russell Wilson. The Seahawks need to win this one. They are currently 5-10.

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