October 14, 2012; Philadelphia, PA USA; Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley (98) sacks Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (7) in overtime at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. The Lions defeated the Eagles 26-23 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-US PRESSWIRE

Detroit Lions Sack Update: Week 6

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.

The Lions sacked Michael Vick three times on Sunday. After a few lackluster performances, the three-sack day helped to raise their season pace but it will take a couple big games to get back among the league leaders. Here is where the Lions stand through week six:

Team Total Sacks Per Game Pace
Detroit Lions 12 2.4 38.4

If you look at the league leaders for sacks you’ll see the Green Bay Packers at the top of the list. However, they haven’t had their bye week yet so they aren’t actually the league leaders on a sack per game basis. That distinction goes to the Chicago Bears who were idle last week.

Team Total Sacks Per Game Pace
Chicago Bears 18 3.6 57.6

The Lions will have an opportunity to close the gap on the Bears on Monday Night Football next week. The Bears have surrendered 14 sacks on the year while the Lions have given up just 9.

Last week’s game against the Eagles showed that pressuring the quarterback is about a lot more than sacks but the Lions will need to come away with a few more if they are to live up to Vanden Bosch’s expecation.

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