Jan 19, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman (left) and free safety Earl Thomas (center) and strong safety Kam Chancellor (right) during player introductions prior to the 2013 NFC Championship football game against the San Francisco 49ers at CenturyLink Field. Seattle defeated San Francisco 23-17. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports
Last, but certainly not least, we have the Seahawks. There is a reason they made it to the Superbowl yet again. Last season they had the number 1 ranked overall defense in the NFL allowing only 267.1 total yards per game and 15.9 points per game. Those numbers are quite impressive.
The 4-3 defense has a line which rivaled Detroit’s defensive line last season. With Michael Bennett, Tony McDaniel, Brandon Mebane, and Cliff Avril, getting the run game going will be tough to do, but not impossible. With some good blocking, and hard running, the Detroit Lions could open that line up and get a descent ground game going.
And of course in the secondary, they have one of the best cornerbacks in the game, Richard Sherman. He is complimented by Cary Williams on the other side of him and rotating in Will Blackmon. Add to that already impressive secondary roster, Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas, and you have one of the best pass coverage units in the NFL.
This will be, by far, the toughest defense Detroit will face this year. With the game early in the season, it should be a good measuring stick as far as where the offense is, and where they want to be.