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.