The Detroit Lions will take on the Seattle Seahawks tonight at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington.
Both teams enter the match up in need of victories; Seattle is just 1-2 and third in the NFC West while Detroit is winless, with an 0-3 record.
Despite the poor record, Detroit wide receiver Calvin Johnson believes the team is still capable of making the playoffs.
“Expectations have to stay the same,” Johnson said. “We are a playoff team. We showed that last year with a first-year coaching staff.”
Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford says the run game needs to be more consistent.
“You want to be balanced, there’s no question,” Stafford said.
Detroit ranks last in the NFL in rushing yards, with only 135 total rushing yards this season. The team averages only 45 rushing yards per game. The Lions face a huge challenge tonight as Seattle ranks second in the NFL in rushing defense, allowing only 301 total rushing yards this season.
The Seahawks will be looking to improve their passing, as they rank 27th in the NFL in passing yards per game, averaging only 212 yards per game.
Seattle also faces the challenge of replacing Marshawn Lynch. The Seahawks’ running back will miss tonight’s game with a hamstring injury.
The game will air live on ESPN tonight at 8:30 p.m.