Detroit Lions Sack Update: Week Two

Sep 9, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions defensive tackle Corey Williams (99), defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch (93), and defensive end Cliff Avril (92) during the second half against the St. Louis Rams at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-US PRESSWIRE

Kyle Vanden Bosch grabbed some headlines before the start of the regular season 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 two?

Team Total Sacks Per Game Pace
Detroit Lions 7 3.5 56

The four sacks they recorded in week one plus the three they recorded in week two put them on a pace to exceed the total number of sacks it took to lead the league in eight of the past ten seasons.

The Lions and Cardinals are tied for fourth in the league with seven sacks. The Bears and Browns are tied for second with eight sacks while Packers stand alone at the top thanks to their seven sack performance against the Chicago Bears last Thursday. The leader through week two:

Team Total Sacks Per Game Pace
Green Bay Packers 11 5.5 88

Pace statistics tend to vary wildly early in the season and historical data says the Green Bay Packers won’t finish anywhere near 88 sacks – the single season record is 72 sacks by the 1984 Bears. Still, they figure to be one of the teams the Lions will be fighting with if they are to lead the league in sacks this season.

Next up for the Lions’ sack brigade is the Tennessee Titans. Not much has gone right for the Titans through two games but they haven’t been giving up many sacks. They allowed two sacks to the Patriots but did not give up a sack last week against the Chargers.

Check back next week for the week three update.

Topics: Detroit Lions

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