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Notes: Digging into the Detroit Lions’ OL—the ‘engine’ of the entire team

The Lions have been on quite the run as of late, and it is all being fueled by their elite offensive line.

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If you grew up watching or playing football, chances are you didn’t have dreams of one day becoming an offensive lineman. After all, how fun can it really be?

Sure, everything starts with the players up front. But what about the recognition? Offensive linemen don’t typically sell a ton of jerseys (although we are seeing more and more inside of Ford Field and it really warms my heart), and there won’t be many segments on ESPN highlighting big blocks.

But here in Michigan, the Detroit Lions are making offensive line play cool, and Nick Baumgardner of The Athletic takes a closer look at how the offensive line is the driving force behind the team’s 8-2 start.

“In Detroit, things are a bit different,” wrote Baumgardner. “The Lions have a two-and-a-half-game division lead with seven weeks left because they believe in running the football — whenever, wherever, against whomever. This is not an overnight sensation. It has been there the whole time, even when Campbell’s team was bad — the pillar of the rebuild when it was really only an idea on paper.”

Nick gets into some of the schematic intricacies that the Lions’ employ with their line, and gets into more light-hearted details like Penei Sewell’s love of Jonah Jackson’s empanadas. You can read the entirety of the article here. ($)

And now, onto the rest of today’s notes:

  • Whoever is running the NFL Films social media account—I agree with you.

  • The St. Brown brothers dropped the newest episode of their podcast, and you won’t want to miss Amon-Ra giving Equanimeous a hard time after the Lions’ thrilling Week 11 win over the Chicago Bears.

  • In more ways than one, Lions’ left tackle Taylor Decker continues to be a rock for this franchise.

  • If you haven’t already seen it, make sure you make the time to see “Bye Bye Barry,” now streaming on Amazon Prime Video. (Note: We will be streaming it on our Twitch page on Sunday at 10 a.m. ET, if you want to watch it virtually with some Lions fans. Must have an Amazon Prime account to watch along.)

  • Cornerback Jerry Jacobs hosted a giveaway last week in the city where he provided families with turkeys and Kroger gift cards ahead of the holiday.

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