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Despite lack of sacks, Detroit Lions say they’re still generating quality pass-rush pressure
Justin Rogers – MLive.com
It’s easy to look at sack numbers and say the Detroit Lions defensive line isn’t carrying its weight this season, but the team will tell you there’s more to a pass rush than sacks.
Through eight games, the Lions rank 30th in the NFL, averaging just 1.6 sacks per contest.
But even though Detroit isn’t bringing down opposing quarterbacks in the backfield, they contend they’re still generating consistent pressure.
Lions-Bears preview: Keep Calvin Johnson’s hands full
Josh Katzenstein – The Detroit News
Keep feeding Johnson: With 6-foot-2 CB Charles Tillman, the Bears have been one of the most effective teams at containing Calvin Johnson. In the first matchup, Johnson had four catches for 44 yards and a TD, but the Lions had the game in hand early.
Cutler and bears’ defense must be better against Lions
Rich Campbell – Chicago Tribune
The Bears get their rematch against the Lions on Sunday at Soldier Field with at least a share of first place in the NFC North at stake.
In the Lions’ 40-32 victory over the Bears on Sept. 29, quarterback Jay Cutler committed four turnovers. Lions running back Reggie Bush averaged 7.7 yards on 18 carries exploiting a defense that tackled poorly. Cutler (left groin) returns after a one-game absence, and the defense hopes to build on the strong pass rush that helped the Bears beat the Packers on Monday night.
WR Viewers Guide: Bears expecting Lions to play rough
John Mullin – CSN Chicago
Through eight games of the 2013 season the Bears have three receivers with more than 35 catches: Brandon Marshall (53), Alshon Jeffery (38) and Martellus Bennett. That doesn’t include Matt Forte with 40.
Last season they had only one receiver (Marshall) with as many as 29 for the year. In 2010 Johnny Knox led the Bears with 51 in the supposed Mike Martz air show.
The point of the 2013 production is the level of difficulty the Chicago offense has developed for a defense like the Lions’. Detroit ranks 31st in sacks per pass play, meaning for all of their No. 1’s up front, they don’t disrupt a lot of pass plays.