Predictions: Detroit Lions vs. Seattle Seahawks

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Nolan Bianchi: It’s hard to know what to expect from a Lions offense that’s missing its two biggest playmakers, but there’s enough talent still hanging around that it shouldn’t bury them. One could argue that conditions are ripe for tight end T.J. Hockenson to get going and it’d benefit Detroit in the long term to see Jared Goff find his groove with wide receiver DJ Chark. If the Lions are able to get the ground game rolling while getting Chark and Hockenson involved, this is a game that they should still win. Lions, 23-20

John Niyo: The Lions haven’t beaten the Seahawks in a decade (0-4), but this should be their best chance. Pete Carroll’s team is rebuilding post-Russell Wilson, the defense is in flux and floundering a bit, and Geno Smith has been efficient but hardly dangerous. The Lions’ strength on offense will be tested by all its injuries, but there are big plays to be made — Seattle has allowed 11 plays of 25-plus yards through three games — and a fast start feels imperative in what’ll be the Lions’ last home game for nearly a month. Lions, 24-19

Justin Rogers: This is absolutely a game the Lions should win, but these injuries, man, they throw a wrench into things. Beyond the season-long injury issues along the offensive line, Detroit is going to be down its top two offensive playmakers for this one. And on defense, where communication issues have plagued the secondary, veteran safety Tracy Walker is done for the year after tearing his Achilles. That said, no one is going to cry for the Lions and the game will still be played as scheduled on Sunday. Offensively, we’ve seen coordinator Ben Johnson’s ability to adjust to difficult circumstances during his short time in his role, and Seattle’s offense has been misfiring much of the year, so we’re still comfortable taking the home team in a close one. Lions, 19-16

Bob Wojnowski: The 1-2 Seahawks are stumbling through the early stages of a rebuild and their defense is a mess. But, surely no one thinks the Lions will take anything for granted. Geno Smith is a serviceable quarterback, completing 77% of his passes, Rashaad Penny is a capable running back and DK Metcalf is a dangerous receiver. Coming off a crushing loss, the Lions are banged up, and without a healthy D’Andre Swift, this could be a tedious slog. Jared Goff quietly is having a solid season but has to fine-tune his connection with DJ Chark. Dan Campbell needs to stay aggressive, and that doesn’t just mean going for it on fourth down. It also means taking more deep shots against a vulnerable Seattle secondary. Lions, 27-23

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