Sep 30, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder (7) is tackled by Detroit Lions defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch (93) during the second quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-US PRESSWIRE

Detroit Lions Sack Update: Week 4

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 four?

Team Total Sacks Per Game Pace
Detroit Lions 9 2.25 36

A two sack performance isn’t what the Lions needed coming off a zero sack performance if they wanted to get back in the sack chase. This makes two weeks in a row that the Lions have fallen further behind the pace they will need to give themselves a shot at leading the league in sacks.

The Lions now find themselves in 14th place in the sack standings. For the fourth consecutive week there is a new leader at the top.

Team Total Sacks Per Game Pace
Cincinnati Bengals 17 4.25 68

We’re still early enough in the season where pace statistics will vary wildly. The Bengals 68 sack pace will likely come down considering that would set a new high compared to the last ten years. That being said, it is looking more and more likely that this year’s sack leader will trend more towards the ten-year high than low. All the more reason the Lions need to pick up the pace if they are to live up to Vanden Bosch’s expectation.

Check back next week for the week five update. The Lions’ stats won’t change since they are on the bye but we will get a fresh look at the league leader.

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