Detroit Lions Defense Blossoming into Run-Stuffing Machine

December 10, 2014   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Opposing teams are learning the hard way they cannot run against the Detroit Lions. The fearsome Lions defense is getting so good against the run that enemy offenses are reluctant to even try and challenge the top-ranked unit.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were the latest victims of Detroit's suffocating run defense. Detroit held the Bucs to just 26 yards on 14 carries. Only one of those carries came in the fourth quarter—this four-yard loss by Charles Sims, where Ndamukong Suh essentially swallowed him alive. 
This was just the latest in Detroit's dominating run defense. Only one team has topped even 50 rushing yards in the last five games against these Lions.
Detroit leads the league in run defense and does so by a fairly wide margin. In fact, the Lions are perched atop the league in the three main statistical metrics.
Those are some pretty impressive figures. It's even more impressive to watch how these ferocious Lions achieve them. All three leve...

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