I’m currently working on the Watchtower for the Rams game, and I can’t get away from a sense of impending doom. No, the numbers don’t look that bad—in fact, I have no logical reason for this whatsoever. It’s just . . . well, this one was supposed to be the patsy, the gimme, the sure thing. And, well, I don’t know if you folks remember, but the Rams were supposed to be the patsy last season too, and, well . . .
Okay! Enough of that; let’s keep this fire going.
Remember that time Alphonso Smith was a guy the Lions might have taken with the second pick in second round of last season's draft, but instead they took Louis Delmas so Denver traded their first-round pick this year to take Alphonso Smith instead, and then the Broncos decided they didn’t like him or something and traded us Alphonso Smith for Dan Gronkowski? Well, Shawn Windsor of the Freep writes that Smith is pushing for a starting spot now, much as if the Lions had taken him in the second round to begin with.
If Smith and Houston continue to play well, it will be a huge boon to the defense—and we may have two starters at cornerback that start next year, as well. If my research is correct, that’s the first time that’s happened since the Bryant Westbrook/Terry Fair combination, more than a decade ago.
"To be honest, I think that it's one of the better defenses that we've seen,'' Bradford said. "They're very good up front. I think they cause a lot of problems with what they do up front, with some of the pressures that they bring."
People: the Lions are tied for fifth in the NFL in sacks, with thirteen. That is HALF of their 2009 total! They’re fourth in sacks-per-dropback, with ten. Of course, they’re still 30th in opponent yards-per-attempt, and 28th in opponent passer rating—this is still not a good pass defense. But pass rush? Yes, and the Lions will be facing their best-yet combination of sackable quarterback, and porous offensive line. That, at least, is something to get excited about.