The Detroit Lions offensive line is doing the 12th-best job in the league in the first three weeks of the 2020 season, according to Pro Football Focus.
PFF analyst Sam Monson ranked all 32 teams in terms of pressures allowed and rush yards before contact.
The Lions offensive line has been shuffled around so far this season. Halapoulivaati Vaitai made his season debut at right guard this past Sunday, though spent training camp at right tackle. Tyrell Crosby has been filling that right tackle spot and the Lions decided to keep him there. But rookie Jonah Jackson had been at right guard the first two weeks, so he was moved over to left guard to replace starter Joe Dahl, who is on injured reserve with a groin issue. Who’s on first? The musical chairs strategy continues.
In the PFF piece, Monson picks an O-line MVP, and while he credits rookie Jonah Johnson at the guard position: “If the Lions could get improved play at the other one, this line could quickly jump into the top 10,” he writes.
And onto the rest of your notes.
- Dave Birkett for the Detroit Free Press offers a piece on D’Andre Swift, and how even in his limited role, running backs coach Kyle Caskey explains they’re getting exactly who they thought they were.
- Linebacker Jahlani Tavai has shown versatility in helping contain Kyler Murray last week. Justin Rogers for The Detroit News explains.
- Detroitlions.com’s Tori Petry and former Lion T.J. Lang pick a key player from each team in the upcoming matchup against the Saints in this week’s X Factor:
- Carlos Monarrez for the Freep takes a look at why the Lions struggles so often in the red zone: execution, according to Matthew Stafford.
- Keeping true to their commitment to voter engagement, the Lions are encouraging Michiganders to sign up to work the polls: