They got sacks, stopped the run, and forced a lot punts with pressure on third-and-long plays. Many people questioned the drafting of Ziggy Ansah, with the Lions already starting Nick Fairley and Ndamukong Suh, but he really stepped up against the Packers with multiple sacks. Cliff Avril was a good guy on the line, but Ansah has filled in nicely. However, the Packers were a broken team having a bad day on the road against a Lions’ offense that made big plays, so was that a real test for the Lions’ defensive line?
The Philadelphia Eagles will no doubt be a real measuring stick for just how good the Lions’ defense can be, and how much they can control a game. Everybody has been talking about the Eagles’ recent stellar play with upstart Nick Foles lighting up the box score. Also, everyone knows the Lions’ secondary is Swiss cheese when it comes to facing a decent quarterback. It’s up to the defensive line of the Lions to get after Foles, get into his head and put him on the ground on every play.
In addition to stopping Foles and the Eagles’ passing attack, they need to continue to stop the running game, which has been their best asset on defense all season. The Lions have yet to allow a 100-yard rusher this season, but the Eagles’ LeSean McCoy has been a huge part of Philly’s recent success. They need to get after Foles, but they absolutely cannot forget about McCoy. The Eagles have the second ranked ground game in the league, with 146.8 yards per game.
Something’s got to give there, and if the Lions start shifting too much attention to the passing game, the Eagles could easily run away with it.