Scanning the Savanna

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The Lions allowed the fewest sacks in the league (3) this preseason, which I initially chalked up as a worthless stat. When the Detroit O-Line didn’t surrender a single quarterback hit to the Bucs in Week 1, I looked into it more seriously. As much as we’d love explanations for Matthew Stafford’s injury history (and everything else), protection really isn’t his problem. Football Outsiders ranked the Detroit offensive line as the NFL’s fourth-best pass protecting unit last season.

The Lions and Nate Burleson are favored by eight over the Chiefs — the highest spread for Detroit since nine over the Bears in 2000. The next highest since then:

Last week Jason Hanson literally kicked off his 20th season with the Detroit Lions – tying an NFL record.


Hanson’s dual-decade mark was significant.  Not only because of the obvious milestone of twenty years with a single organization but also because he is now tied with Jackie Slater and Darrell Green as the only players to accomplish this feat (no pun intended).

From fired-up fans in Motor City bars to bookies in Las Vegas, the long downtrodden Detroit Lions have people believing that this could be their breakout season.


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