NFL Seattle Seahawks

Seahawks vs. Lions NFL Week 8 Preview

Seattle Seahawks - Russell Wilson

Cary Edmondson-US PRESSWIRE

The Seattle Seahawks continue on the road to face the Detroit Lions for their second consecutive road game after falling to the San Francisco 49ers last week. Seattle has struggled to play well on the road which will have to change if they want to improve on their 1-3 road record.

Offensively, the Seahawks biggest challenge will be protecting quarterback Russell Wilson from the pass rush of Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley. If the running game can get going early on with Marshawn Lynch moving the ball down the field consistently, that should take the pressure away from the young quarterback.

With wide receiver Doug Baldwin out with a high ankle sprain, Golden Tate and Sidney Rice will have to be big targets for the rookie to get the passing game going. Seattle is ranked 31st in passing yards but will have to throw successfully on Sunday in order to come out with a win.

Wilson needs to find a comfort with the offense and get into a good rhythm early throwing short, high percentage passes to keep Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford off the field.

On the defensive side of the ball Seattle will have to figure out a way to stop one of the best passing teams in the league. Detroit is ranked 2nd overall when it comes to passing yards per game and will be looking to throw the ball against the Seahawks tough secondary.

The Lions have a solid receiver core led by star receiver Calvin Johnson whose speed and size alone causes a matchup problem with any team in the league.  The Seahawks will need a big rush from their defensive line and a top performance from the secondary if they want to stop the passing game of Detroit.

The Seahawks should be able to improve on their road record as long as they slow down the passing offense of the Lions and keep Wilson calm in the pocket while the offense runs through Lynch.

After a tough loss to a division rival, the Seahawks will be looking to come out strong this Sunday.