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.
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).
Zac Snyder got hooked on the Lions after his dad took him to a Monday Night Football game against the Los Angeles Raiders in 1990. The show put on by Barry Sanders and Bo Jackson that night was only surpassed by what Zac could do with Barry in a game of Tecmo Super Bowl.