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Lions Again Near Bottom Of League In Allowing Broken Tackles

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In 2009, the Detroit Lions were dead last when it came to allowing broken tackles. In 2010, the Lions were again near the bottom of the league in allowing broken tackles, coming in at No. 31.

The reason the Lions were almost at the bottom of the list is because they had 77 plays during 2010 where a broken tackle occurred. In all, they were on the field for 996 plays defensively, resulting in 7.7 percent of their plays including at least one broken tackle. (The Lions allowed 89 total broken tackles during the 2010 season.) Only the Houston Texans had a worse percentage (8.1), as they had 81 plays out of 998 with at least one broken tackle.

A big reason why the Lions were only better than one team when it came to preventing broken tackles is Alphonso Smith's poor tackling. Out of all the defensive players in the league, nobody had a higher broken tackle rate. Smith made 35 tackles during 2010, but he also gave up 10 broken tackles. This resulted in a rate of 22.2 percent, which is just awful. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie had the next worst broken tackle rate, and it is almost four percentage points lower than Smith's.

In the NFC North, the Vikings and Packers tied for having the lowest percentage of broken tackles allowed. The two teams tied for second in the entire NFL. The Bears were 12th in the league.

(Via Kevin Seifert)