Oct 10, 2011; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions defensive tackle Andre Fluellen (96) sacks Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) during the fourth quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

Detroit Lions Sack Update: Week 5

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

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.

With a bye in week five, the Lions didn’t have an opportunity to add to their sack total or change their season total pace. At any rate, here is where the Lions stand:

Team Total Sacks Per Game Pace
Detroit Lions 9 2.25 36

The Lions’ stats may not have changed but the league leader has been a constantly moving target early in the season and the results of week five are no different. There is now a three-way tie for the league lead in sacks.

Team Total Sacks Per Game Pace
Bears/Packers/Bengals 18 3.6 57.6

The league leading sack pace feel from 68 last week down to 57.6 as Bengals remain in the top spot despite adding just one sack to their total in week five. So looking at pace, the Lions closed the gap without playing. The Lions can’t rely on declining sack numbers from the league leaders if they are to eventually overtake the league lead and with a lackluster sack total to date, they need to start getting more quarterbacks to the ground before it is too late to make up ground. Let’s hope that start Sunday against the Eagles.

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