Detroit Lions Getting Some Love as Potential Seattle Seahawks Stoppers

Dec 2, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks mascot Blitz (left), cornerback Richard Sherman (25) and free safety Earl Thomas (29) celebrate after the game against the New Orleans Saints at CenturyLink Field. The Seahawks defeated the Saints 34-7. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Can anyone in the NFC stop the Seattle Seahawks? How about the Detroit Lions?

That might sound crazy with the memory of that horrible loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers still fresh in our memories but the Lions are getting some national love as a team that could win in Seattle.

An NFL Live poll asked fans which team has the best chance to beat the Seahawks in Seattle and the results were overwhelmingly in the Lions favor with 61% of the vote.

But that isn’t just the opinion of people who watch weekday afternoon football shows. Yahoo’s Anwar Richardson knows a little something about the Lions having covered them for MLive the last couple years. He gives the Lions some Seahawk-beating love in his weekly playoff projection post:

After what Seattle did to New Orleans on Monday night, can anyone knock off the Seahawks? Who has the best chance to do it?

Anything can happen in the playoffs, so do not rule out New Orleans. Of course, after what we all saw on Monday, let’s eliminate the Saints from this discussion right now. Detroit is one team that could hang with Seattle. Lions receiver Calvin Johnson is a problem for any defense, and having running back Reggie Bush as a check-down option for Matthew Stafford is another huge asset. Detroit’s defense has played well against the run recently, plus this team is incredibly confident. If you are looking for an upset special, go with the Lions.

I’m inclined the opinions are based on a “last man standing” line of reasoning. A matchup with the Lions is the last unknown after the Seahawks dominated the Saints on Monday Night Football. The 49ers already have a loss in Seattle and the Seahawks started the season with a road win over the Panthers.

The Lions get criticized for being an up and down team. This talk about the Lions being a threat to take out the Seahawks in Seattle just shows that popular opinions are just as volatile. Let’s pump the brakes just a bit and worry about winning the NFC North.

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  • Justin Colbert

    At this moment, I don’t think anyone can stop the Seahawks at home. Of course, everyone has a shot at it any given Sunday, which is why you play the game. However, I don’t think the team with the best shot at it is the Lions. Seattle has shown they can shut down top receivers. Last season Megatron was essentially shut down with Sherman on him, receiving just 3 catches for minimal yardage. I would have said Reggie Bush was an issue out of the backfield until the Seahawks handled all the Saints’ RBs.
    I think the only way you can beat the Hawks is with a stout defense and a bruising running game. And that just isnt the Lions.