Oct 22, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) is sacked by Detroit Lions middle linebacker Stephen Tulloch (55) and outside linebacker Justin Durant (52) during the second quarter at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-US PRESSWIRE

Detroit Lions Sack Update: Week 7

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 Jay Cutler five times on Monday night for their best sack total of the season. The breakout performance helped raise the Lions sacks per game average but they still check in below the pace necessary to reach the leaders over the past ten seasons. Here is where the Lions stand through week seven:

Team Total Sacks Per Game Pace
Detroit Lions 17 2.8 45.3

The Bears remain the NFL’s sack pace leader despite being three sacks behind the Green Bay Packers for the lead overall.

Team Total Sacks Per Game Pace
Chicago Bears 21 3.5 56

Next up for the Lions pass rushers is the Seahawks who are about league average in terms of giving up sacks. A continuation of the relentless pass rush we’ve seen over the last two weeks could be key in keeping rookie quarterback Russell Wilson off balance and perhaps force him into making some big mistakes.

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