Where Did the Offensive Line for the Lions Go Wrong in Week 5?

October 9, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

A litany of issues reared their ugly heads in the 22-9 loss in Green Bay, but one of the most disturbing was the steep decline in the play of the Detroit Lions’ offensive line. 
The Packers recorded five sacks in the game. Detroit had allowed just three over the first four games, accruing the best sack percentage rate in the league. 
In addition, the run blocking was largely ineffective. Detroit rushed for just 64 yards on 18 carries. 20 of those yards came on a reverse to Reggie Bush, leaving just 44 yards in the remaining 17 carries. That’s 2.6 yards per carry.  The running offense has been an ongoing problem, but that putrid level of production is bad, even for the Lions.
Assigning all the blame to the line isn’t fair. The Packers front seven played very well, notably their interior linebackers slow-playing the runs. Detroit’s wide receivers consistently struggled to get any separation or to present themselves as viable targets.<...

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