Analyzing Detroit Lions Week 1 woes in five numbers

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Detroit Lions- 5.3

The Detroit Lions ceded control of the line of scrimmage for much of the afternoon allowing the Bears offensive line to take 5.3-yard chunks en route to 149 yards rushing as a team.

Even with Trubisky being off-target for three quarters, the Lions defensive line got pushed around but managed to not allow touchdowns in the early going. Allowing 149 yards rushing was 22nd in the NFL during Week 1 out of 28 teams that played as of Sunday night.

Detroit Lions- 4

The number of quarterback hits the Detroit Lions generated all game. That to go with 1.0 sack from Trey Flowers. If their goal was to let Mitchell Trubisky get comfortable in the pocket, consider it mission accomplished.

The best way to make a thin cornerback unit look bad is to get no pressure on the opposing quarterback and it looked like Paul Pasqualoni, not Cory Undlin, was back calling this game for most of the defensive sequences.

If this is the best that the line and linebackers can do, there are not many wins coming for this team. Jamie Collins being out, three cornerbacks being out didn’t help but it was more of 2019 during Week 1.

The Lions were tied for 30th worst in sacks to start the year, which is right where they left off. Also, Trubisky’s passer rating of 104.2 was 9th-best among passers and he is widely regarded as a questionable starter in NFL circles.