Sep 23, 2012; Nashville, TN, USA; Detroit Lions defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch (93) warms up before a game against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field. Mandatory credit: Don McPeak-US PRESSWIRE

Detroit Lions Sack Update: Week Three

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 three?

Team Total Sacks Per Game Pace
Detroit Lions 7 2.33 37.3

One of the most disappointing aspects of the loss in Tennessee was the defensive line’s inability to put pressure on Jake Locker. The sack-less performance in week three puts a serious dent in the respectable season pace they had set through the first two weeks and puts them outside the range of recent league leaders.

The Lions are now tied for tenth in the league with seven sacks. The Bears, fresh off their six sack performance against the Rams, have taken over the league lead. Their numbers look like this through week three:

Team Total Sacks Per Game Pace
Chicago Bears 14 4.67 74.7

Pace statistics tend to vary wildly early in the season and historical data says the Chicago Bears won’t finish with 75 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 is the Minnesota Vikings who will be riding high after their victory over the San Francisco 49ers. The Vikings have done a good job protecting Christian Ponder having surrendered only six sacks on the year.

Check back next week for the week four update.

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