Detroit Lions: Top 5 Games to Watch in 2015

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Seattle Seahawks

Feb 1, 2015; Glendale, AZ, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback

Russell Wilson

(3) runs the ball in Super Bowl XLIX against New England Patriots at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

The Seahawks are not an easy team to beat anywhere, let alone beating them in their own house, CenturyLink Field. In the 2014 season, they won seven of their eight games at home. The stadium is boasted as the loudest outdoor stadium in the NFL, which is something that will need to be prepared for. The Detroit Lions offense will need to work on their silent counts and I wouldn’t be surprised if Caldwell has crowd noise piped into their practices to help them adjust.

This game will be won and lost in the trenches. It will be a matter of our offensive line giving Matthew Stafford and company the time to run out the plays. It will also be a matter of our front four on defense breaking through the powerful offensive line of Seattle and disrupting the backfield. This includes covering the edges to make sure that Russel Wilson doesn’t use his dangerous legs for a big gain when he has nothing open.

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What will also make a difference is the coverage that Seattle puts out on defense, and how Stafford and the wide receivers and tight ends can make connections. With a man like Richard Sherman on one side of the field at corner, whoever he is covering will be up for a battle. But the question is, who will he cover? Golden Tate? Calvin Johnson? Our 3rd WR? Hopefully, we have the weapons available and can have Matt Stafford making some smart decisions to overcome a strong secondary like you see with Seattle.

Whatever way this game plays out, this will definitely be one of the “must watch” games of the season. It will make a good measuring stick to see where the team is at, and where they need to be, especially with the game coming early in the season during week 4.

Next: At home versus the Denver Broncos