By Eric D. Williams The News Tribune
DETROIT — The Seattle Seahawks finally achieved something on offense they’ve been seeking the first half of the year — an effective passing attack.
Seattle rookie quarterback Russell Wilson threw it a season-high 35 times against Detroit, as the Lions focused on stopping running back Marshawn Lynch and Seattle’s explosive running game.
The emphasis on moving the ball through the air allowed Wilson to develop more of a rhythm in the passing game, and more of a rapport with his receivers.
And the result was more explosive plays in the passing game. The Seahawks finished with seven passing plays of at least 13 yards, as Wilson completed passes to nine different receivers.
Wilson also got excellent protection from his offensive line, as the Seahawks finished without a sack for the first time this season.
“I definitely believe we can do that consistently,” Wilson said. “We have the time, in terms of the offensive line blocking and doing a great job of giving me enough time to make decisions, and guys are coming up with big plays. And that’s what we need.
“When the game’s on the line, we’ve got to rise to the occasion. And we definitely did that today.”
Wilson once again proved clutch when the game mattered most. With Seattle down 21-17 with 11:35 left in the game, Wilson engineered a 12-play, 87-yard drive, capping the effort with a pretty, 16-yard pass to tight end Zach Miller on a corner route.
“The thing I’m most excited about is that last drive we had,” Seattle receiver Sidney Rice said. “We went down and drove the ball. We ran the ball. We made the plays that needed to be made. And I feel like we’re capable of doing that every single time we’re out there as an offense.”
Seven of Wilson’s 10 touchdown passes this year have occurred in the second half. Wilson also threw his eighth interception of the year, and all eight have come on the road.
Seattle still had a presence with the running game, with the Seahawks rushing for 133 yards on the ground. And the Seahawks did a better job in the red zone, scoring touchdowns on two of their three opportunities inside the 20-yard line.
Tate bounces back
After finishing without a catch for the first time as a starter and dropping two passes against San Francisco last week, third-year receiver Golden Tate rebounded with a seven-catch, 64-yard effort against the Lions.
“Golden’s character, Golden’s competitiveness is tremendous,” Wilson said. “It’s relentless, and he did a great job of bouncing back all week.
“And that’s the thing we did on offense this entire week, is really focusing in on the attention to detail, and really pushing ourselves in practice and capitalizing on things. And I think it showed today.”
Receiver Braylon Edwards was a surprise addition to the Seattle Seahawks inactive list on Sunday. The eight-year veteran practiced the entire week without incident, but according to the team, Edwards woke up on Sunday with a swollen knee. Trainers drained it once Edwards arrived at the stadium, but it swelled again during pregame workouts. Edwards was supposed to get significant reps in his return to his hometown of Detroit. But with Edwards and Doug Baldwin (ankle) out, Seattle had only four receivers active against Detroit — Sidney Rice, Ben Obomanu, Charly Martin and Tate. “He (Edwards) woke up this morning and his knee flared up,” Seattle head coach Pete Carroll said. “We were surprised. He was surprised as anybody. He tried to get going, tried to run and just couldn’t get going today. He drained his knee and all that kind of stuff, and just came out of nowhere.” … Carroll said that fullback Michael Robinson and Obomanu sustained sprained wrists, and will be evaluated further when the team gets back to Seattle. And Tate tweaked his ankle, according to Carroll. … Defensive tackle Jason Jones, who was listed as doubtful for the game because of an ankle injury, was inactive, as well as offensive lineman John Moffitt, defensive tackle Jaye Howard, Baldwin and cornerbacks Danny Gorrer and Byron Maxwell. … Rookie middle linebacker Bobby Wagner (12) and outside linebacker K.J. Wright (11) combined for 23 tackles. … Detroit safety Louis Delmas suffered a knee injury and did not return. … The Seahawks were penalized a season-low two times for 10 yards.