Lions without 3 top playmakers against struggling Seahawks defense
The Seahawks head into their Week 4 matchup with the Detroit Lions in pretty good shape injury-wise. The same can’t be said about their NFC North opponent.
For the Seahawks, they do have three players out with injury, but two are reserve players in rookie safety Joey Blount (hamstring) and guard Phil Haynes. The biggest absence due to injury is nickel corner Justin Coleman (calf) who will miss his third game in a row after playing the vast majority of snaps at that spot in Week 1.
In Coleman’s absence, rookie Coby Bryant should once again be Seattle’s go-to nickel corner as he’s played over two-thirds of the Seahawks’ defensive snaps the last two weeks.
Rounding out Seattle’s Week 4 inactives list are cornerback Artie Burns, defensive tackle Myles Adams and rookie receiver Dareke Young. Linebacker Cullen Gillaspia was called up from the practice squad for the matchup with the Lions.
And speaking of Detroit, the Lions will look extremely different on offense this week as they are extremely beat up. That could potentially be good news for a Seahawks defense that, through the first three weeks of the season, has struggled, especially against the run.
The Lions are without lead running back D’Andre Swift (ankle and shoulder) as well as No. 1 and No. 3 receivers Amon-Ra St. Brown and D.J. Chark.
Swift is top-10 in the NFL in rushing yards this year while St. Brown was a breakout rookie last year despite being a Day 3 selection and once again paces Detroit in catches and yards. Chark is third on the team in receiving yards this year.
The Lions will turn to veteran Jamaal Williams to lead the backfield while receiver Josh Reynolds will serve as the No. 1 receiver. Reynolds was questionable to play, but is active. Detroit also has former first-round tight end T.J. Hockenson in the mix for targets from quarterback Jared Goff.
Rounding out Detroit’s inactives list against the Seahawks are starting left guard Jonah Jackson, kicker Austin Seibert, and defensive linemen John Cominsky and Demetrius Taylor.
The Seahawks enter the Week 4 matchup having allowed the third-most rushing yards in the NFL this year and roughly 5 yards per carry and ranking 25th in total defense and 20th in scoring defense.
The Seahawks have shifted to a 3-4 defense this year and have struggled to defend the run, primarily out on the edges. The Lions have been a fairly run-heavy team and that may again be the case on Sunday given the injuries at receiver, even if their lead back is out for this game. The Lions are third in total offense, second in scoring offense and third in rushing offense entering Week 4.
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