Can the Detroit Lions’ Run Defense Rebound Against Baltimore?

December 11, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

After four weeks and three quarters of sheer dominance, the Detroit Lions' run defense suddenly morphed from impenetrable wall to single-ply tissue paper. 
Over a month of excellence was blown away in a blizzard of yardage by the Philadelphia offense in the fourth quarter of Detroit's 34-20 loss to the host Eagles. 
Here is what the Lions had done in the prior four weeks against the run:
Opponent Attempts Yards Yards Per Rush Green Bay 15 24 1.6 Tampa Bay 24 22 0.9 Pittsburgh 27 40 1.5 Chicago 20 38 1.9  
That is a suffocation of the opposing run offense, allowing just 124 yards on 86 carries. In addition, the Lions had not allowed a rushing touchdown since Chicago's Matt Forte ripped off a 53-yard touchdown in the second quarter of Week 4. 
For the first two-thirds of the snowy escapade in Lincoln Financial Field, the defensive whiteout continued. 
Philadelphia's first 14 carries produced 43 yards, 14 of which came on one...

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