Fearless Prediction: Lions (1-6) at Seahawks (2-5)

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Game Snapshot

KICKOFF: Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET
SURFACE: FieldTurf
TV: FOX (Dick Stockton, Charles Davis)
SERIES: 11th regular-season meeting. Seahawks lead series, 6-4. The Seahawks won the last meeting, 9-6, but it was a bit of a moral victory for the Lions. It was the Seahawks' first real game since playing Super Bowl XL in the Lions' home stadium, Ford Field.

KEYS TO THE GAME: Former Seahawk RB Maurice Morris could play a big role. Lions starter Kevin Smith is expected to play, but does have a shoulder injury and Morris provided a lift in increased action last Sunday. Detroit wants to run the ball effectively because its defense is beat up - particularly in the secondary. That's music to the ears of Seattle and QB Matt Hasselbeck, who is completing just 55.9 percent of his passes and struggling to get in sync with WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh. The question will be whether Detroit can take advantage of Seattle's beat up offensive line and limit Hasselbeck's ability to go through his progressions. FAST FACTS: Detroit is 2-29 in its past 31 games. ... The Seahawks' two victories have been shutouts at home. They have been outscored 147-66 in their other five games.

Personnel News

  • RB Kevin Smith was listed as limited Thursday after sitting out Wednesday because of a shoulder injury. He likely will play Sunday at Seattle.
  • QB Matthew Stafford was listed as limited Wednesday and Thursday. He said he had more soreness than usual after returning from a right knee injury Sunday, but he said it was no big deal. He will play Sunday.
  • WR Calvin Johnson was listed as limited Wednesday and Thursday, and coach Jim Schwartz said he would be a game-time decision Sunday. But Johnson seemed somewhat optimistic that he would play.
  • DE Jason Hunter was listed as limited Wednesday and Thursday. He has missed two games with an ankle injury.
  • DE Dewayne White was listed as limited Wednesday and Thursday. He returned to the lineup Sunday from a hamstring injury.
  • FB Jerome Felton was listed as limited Wednesday and Thursday with an ankle injury. He did not play Sunday.
  • DT Grady Jackson was listed as limited Wednesday and did not practice Thursday. But that has been the routine for the 36-year-old who had knee surgery in the off-season.
  • CB Marcus Trufant is expected to return to his role as a full-time starter this week, with cornerback Josh Wilson moving back to filling the team's role as nickel back in passing situations.
  • OT Sean Locklear (ankle) was a limited participant in practice this week and is questionable for Sunday.
  • WR Ben Obomanu (oblique) did not practice for the second straight day and it looks unlikely that he will play against Detroit on Sunday.
  • LB Will Herring (shoulder) was a full participant in practice and it appears that he will be ready to play on Sunday.

Inside The Camps

The Lions need to get one offensive weapon back. They need to get another one in gear.
Wide receiver Calvin Johnson has missed two games with a right knee injury. He was listed as limited in practice Wednesday and Thursday, and coach Jim Schwartz said he would be a game-time decision Sunday at Seattle.
But Johnson continued to look good in the portion of practice open to reporters, and he sounded somewhat optimistic that he would be able to return against the Seahawks.
"We're going to just be careful, do what I can do," Johnson said. "As long as I don't have any setbacks, I think it'll look brighter for Sunday."
Johnson said he felt no pressure to return because of the Lions' struggles on offense without him. But the Lions need him back not only because of the plays he makes, but because of how he opens up the offense for others.
"He's not just a guy that you can bump and run with because he's so big," quarterback Matthew Stafford said. "You've got to put help over the top a lot of times, and teams don't like to single him up. It changes their philosophy."
Running back Kevin Smith could use a safety out of the box. He is likely to play after leaving Sunday's game against St. Louis with a shoulder injury — the second such problem he has had this season — and knows he needs to produce better.
Coach Jim Schwartz has talked about breaking big runs. Smith's longest is 20 yards. He averages 3.1 yards per carry.
"We're all looking to kind of quiet the critics that Detroit doesn't have a running game," Smith said. "Because I get the ball first, I want to be that tempo-setter and that lead dog. I think enough's enough."
The Lions are trying to give Maurice Morris and rookie Aaron Brown a few more carries, while keeping Smith as the No. 1 back.
"We've got to, between the three of them, come up with a productive plan in the run game to win," offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said. "We haven't gotten there yet."
Smith bristled and declined to comment when asked if the coaches were increasing competition. But earlier he talked about feeling heat.
"The coaches have expectations," Smith said. "Of course you want to prove to them that you can do your thing, but the most pressure is coming from myself, because I didn't come in this league to be a bottom-list rusher. ...
"I've got to stick with it. If it's not going my way, there's two things you can do: You can give up, or you can get better. There's only one option for me."

Over a month after suffering a rib injury against San Francisco on Sept. 20 that forced him to miss two games, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck says he's getting closer to feeling 100 percent healthy.
Hasselbeck was a limited participant in practice on Wednesday as more of a precaution, but was a full participant on Thursday and said he feels fine for Sunday's game.
Hasselbeck also said the healing process has been slowed by coming back from the injury early, but that he is getting better each week, and hopes to be fully healthy sooner rather than later.
"One of the things when you come back early from an injury when you really shouldn't probably, you add on some healing time," he said. "You probably add on, create some other nagging things. I think that's probably the case. But I hope that I can get there."
Offensive coordinator Greg Knapp doesn't expect Hasselbeck's preparation for Sunday's game against Detroit to be affected by missing practice Wednesday.
"Last week he didn't practice on Wednesday and had a pretty good game, in my opinion, considering the pass rush we had coming at us and what he did efficiency-wise," said Knapp. "Of course as a coach you want him to get as many reps as possible, but in some ways this is good to help the development of Mike Teel doing scout team and Seneca (Wallace) getting plays with our game plan in case he's needed on Sunday.
"Because of his experience, it's not as big a concern that it's just Wednesday. As long as he's back Thursday and Friday, I'm OK."
Hasselbeck also talked about the roster moves made this week, saying that head coach Jim Mora got the players' attention after the game against Dallas last Sunday by saying some changes would be made, then following through on his statement this week.
"Those of us who have been around, you know roster moves are going to happen after you start like we started," Hasselbeck said. "He (Mora) had said it plain out, that we were going to make some changes, we're going to do some evaluating, and they did it.
"His words weren't hollow. They definitely did it. They backed it up." PREDICTION: Seahawks 27-16

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