File this entire article under D for “duh.”
But there is finally the statistical evidence to back up what we’ve seen with our own eyes from the Detroit Lions defense through six games. The Lions have the worst pass rush in the entire NFL.
While the Lions have 10 sacks on the year, which is more than four other teams in the league, their pass rush win percentage is the lowest in the league, according to ESPN. The Lions are winning on just 24 percent of rushes, which is a full seven percent lower than any other team in the NFL. For comparison’s sake, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers lead the league with a 60 percent win rate.
It’s a terribly disappointing reality to face when Detroit’s defensive front received so much praise this offseason. The additions of Mike Daniels and Trey Flowers have underwhelmed thus far. Da’Shawn Hand has yet to play due to a training camp injury, while Jarrad Davis, Devon Kennard and Romeo Okwara look no better after another year under Matt Patricia’s system.
To further the point, Kirk Cousins had the most time to throw of any Week 7 quarterback against the Lions, according to NextGenStats. Aaron Rodgers was fourth in Week 6 against the Lions. Patrick Mahomes was second in Week 4, and so on and so on.
Long story short, the Lions pass rush is as bad as it looks.