Football Outsiders had a fantastic piece last week about how NFL teams defended specific receiver routes. Overall, the Detroit Lions ranked 16th in pass defense according to their DVOA metric, but there were certain routes they were better at defending than others.
Most notably, according to Football Outsiders, no team was better at defending fade routes than the Lions. Detroit only allowed a completion percentage of 10 percent on fade routes, and had a DVOA of -105.1%, nearly 20 percent better than any other team.
That makes sense, considering the Lions have one of the best one-on-one cornerbacks in the league in Darius Slay. Slay led all NFL cornerbacks in pass breakups last year, and tallied at least one interception on a fade route:
ok.. almost forgot the Browns int.. QB was throwing to back pylon.. it looks like slay had inside help allowing him to cut off ant fade. love that he stayed square and collision.. receiver pretty much gave up and once again Slay capitalized on the offenses mistake. pic.twitter.com/xXgVYs3gGY— CrockTIME (@eric_crocker) June 18, 2018
But, obviously, the Lions weren’t perfect last year. They ranked in the bottom five in both drag routes and wide receiver screens.
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