Detroit Lions walloped early, reveal some fight late but lose at Seattle Seahawks, fifty one-29 - Detroit Free Press

SEATTLE — issues couldn't have begun a good deal more suitable for the Detroit Lions. 

enjoying without beginning quarterback Jared Goff, two of their suitable three receivers and their chief on every level of defense, the Lions compelled a three-and-out on the online game's opening series then drove into Seattle Seahawks territory on the ensuing possession.

however when Jamaal Williams become stopped on fourth-and-1, it started a kind of avalanche no longer even seen on Mt. Rainier.

Rashaad Penny ran for one hundred forty four of his career-high 170 yards in the first half and the Seahawks scored on nine straight possessions handy the Lions their ugliest lack of the season, fifty one-29, Sunday at Lumen container.

"I felt like it knocked the wind out of us when we did not get the fourth-and-inches or half a yard, whatever you want to call it," Lions teach Dan Campbell spoke of. "We had gotten a 3-and-out and we drove it neatly, after which we don't come away after which we failed to reply after that."

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With the loss, the Lions are assured a properly-two decide on in April's NFL draft, where they should have the possibility to take one in every of excellent flow rushers Oregon's Kayvon Thibodeaux or Michigan's Aidan Hutchinson.

The Jacksonville Jaguars, who lost 50-10 to the brand new England Patriots on Sunday, have the worst checklist in the NFL at 2-14 and can lock up the No. 1 typical decide upon with a loss to the Indianapolis Colts subsequent week or a Lions win or tie.

The Lions (2-13-1) host the eco-friendly Bay Packers in their season finale next Sunday at Ford container. The Packers clinched the No. 1 seed within the NFC playoffs with a win over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.

Winners of two of their old three video games, the Lions allowed their most features on the grounds that Week 6 of the 2017 season in opposition t a Seattle crew that entered the week 29th in complete offense and final within the league in time of possession.

Penny ripped off three runs of at the least 20 yards in the first half, and Seattle complete with 265 yards rushing and punted only once in the online game.

"simply now not good sufficient, man," Lions defensive end Austin Bryant spoke of. "There's no way around it. You appear at the score, they fairly a good deal might do something they desired. They had been working the ball, they had the play-action move coming off of it. They hit with us some shots, too, and we simply certainly not got our footing and acquired comfy and began getting stops. The proof is in the pudding, the tape don't lie and we weren't respectable sufficient nowadays, point clean, length."

Wilson, in the course of his first losing season as Seahawks quarterback, complete 20-for-29 passing for 236 yards. He hinted at trying a fresh beginning remaining offseason, and the Seahawks might accommodate his request in the coming months as they seem to be to retool their growing old roster. 

Wilson played the whole online game Sunday and become serenaded with loud cheers after ending the game with two kneel-down snaps interior the Lions' 5-yard line - the most effective time Seattle didn't score after its opening pressure.

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He matched his season-high with four landing passes, three of them going to DK Metcalf, who scored on two 13-yard catches and a 1-yard grab in the fourth quarter. Tyler Lockett caught a 1-yard landing move in the first half, Jason Myers made field dreams of fifty one, 36 and forty two yards.

"couldn't stop the run and then we failed to run it very neatly, so that became variety of the essence of this game," Campbell said. "i do know this, we have been getting bring to a halt bottom. We weren't where we had been alleged to be on a number of things. (For what purpose), who is aware of? I got to seem to be on the tape. i know this, we weren't stopping it. Penny is a hell of a participant. he is. however in case you let him get going, then you definately're making that quarterback 10 instances more advantageous than he already is, and that's the reason tough."

The Lions made the rating seem to be a little good with touchdowns on back-to-lower back possessions within the third quarter to cut Seattle's result in 38-22. Amon-Ra St. Brown caught his fourth touchdown in 5 weeks on a 7-yard circulate from Tim Boyle, and followed with a two-factor conversion run. Boyle then threw a 6-yard move to left handle Taylor Decker on the ensuing sequence, after the Lions recovered an onside kick. 

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however the Seahawks transformed a key third-and-7 with just below 3 minutes to play within the third quarter. Colby Parkinson broke two tackles on the play, and the Seahawks capped the pressure with a lower back-breaking landing - their fifth straight - early in the fourth quarter.

"failed to address smartly," Campbell talked about. "You noticed it, man. It wasn't — it simply turned into no longer decent. It changed into now not decent."

Boyle, making his second straight birth in region of an injured Jared Goff, finished 22-for-37 passing for a career-high 262 yards. He threw three interceptions, one on the first play of the second half after he bobbled the snap, and two in the fourth quarter. 

St. Brown had eight catches for a career-high 111 yards, his fifth straight game with at the least eight catches, and scored rushing and receiving touchdowns.

Metcalf had six catches for 63 yards for the Seahawks, who finished with 497 yards of complete offense.  

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