Sep 9, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley (98) celebrates after sacking St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford (8) in the second quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US Presswire

Detroit Lions Sack Update: Week One

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Kyle Vanden Bosch grabbed some headlines last week when he declared his expectation for the Detroit Lions to lead the league in sacks. It has taken an average of 52 sacks to lead the league over the last ten years with a range of 47 in 2003 to 61 in 2006.

Where do the Lions stand after week one?

Team Total Sacks Per Game Pace
Detroit Lions 3 3.0 48

The three sacks they recorded in week one put them on a pace to exceed the 47 sacks that led the league in 2003 and matches the 48 sacks that led the league in 2004, 2009 and 2010.

The Lions are one of ten teams currently tied for fourth in the league with three sacks. The Packers and Ravens are tied for second with four sacks in week one while Broncos stand alone at the top.

Team Total Sacks Per Game Pace
Denver Broncos 5 5.0 80

I can say with certainty that the Denver Broncos’ pace will cool off in the coming weeks (the single season record is 72 sacks by the 1984 Bears). The question becomes whether or not the Lions can maintain or increase their own pace. The Lions sacked Alex Smith twice in last year’s meeting.

Check back next week for the week two update.

[UPDATE: The NFL has reviewed the final play in last week's game and credited Cliff Avril with a sack. That brings the total to four and the season pace to 64.]

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