The Lions have a .500 record for the first time this season.
That’s the reward they found in Miami for pulling out a 32-21 win over the Dolphins that showcased the efforts of all parts of the team. It takes them to 3-3, and now they’ll return home for the first opportunity to obtain a winning record since Week 1.
That night ended in disaster, with a 31-point loss to the Jets in Sam Darnold’s first start. But the Lions have a different mojo now.
The Lions will host the Seahawks at 1 p.m. this Sunday. Seattle is similarly 3-3 and is coming off a bye week.
The Seahawks have been retooling their roster since the days of the “Legion of Boom” that produced back-to-back NFC titles and one Super Bowl win. The season-ending injury to safety Earl Thomas is the latest hit to that old guard. But the defense has held it together well amid the shifts, ranking sixth in the league in yards allowed and fifth in points.
Offensively, they are still built around Russell Wilson, though he is running less than ever before as they’ve gotten back to the traditional ground game with the trio of Chris Carson, Mike Davis and first-round rookie Rashaad Penny. Wilson has just 62 yards rushing but has 13 touchdowns to four interceptions and a 104.8 rating as a passer.
Detroit and Seattle have one common opponent so far. The Seahawks beat the Cowboys 24-13 at home, whereas the Lions lost to the Cowboys 26-24 on the road the very next week.
This will be the first meeting between the two since Seattle’s 26-6 win in the wildcard round of the playoffs in the 2016 season, which was Detroit’s most recent trip to the postseason.