Kyle Vanden Bosch has set a lofty goal for the Detroit Lions.
He says the defense should lead the league in sacks this season, something they were not too far off from doing a year ago when Detroit finished with 41 – nine shy of NFL-leading Minnesota and Philadelphia.
If Ndamukong Suh can have a bounce-back season and if Cliff Avril is motivated once again playing under a one-year deal, you would certainly imagine the Lions will have a chance to compete for the league lead.
“If we're not the most dominant defensive line in the league, I feel like we're not doing our job,” Vanden Bosch said, according to MLive.com. “I feel like we have the people, I feel like we have the weapons, so if we're not doing it, we're underachieving.”
It certainly didn’t happen with the Vikings and Eagles last year as they were not very successful, but it is easier for teams that consistently play with leads in the second half of games to pile up statistics. If the Lions can enjoy some nice cushions in the second half of games this season, their opponents will be forced into passing situations. That is when the linemen can pin back their ears and go.
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