Lions Leaning On Its Suh-Led Defensive Line

LARRY LAGE, AP Sports Writer

— The Detroit Lions are leaning on their defensive line to help the franchise bounce back from a poor season that made its recent playoff appearance look like it might’ve been a fluke.

Defensive tackles Ndamukong Suh (ehn-DAHM’-uh-kehn soo) and Nick Fairley are potentially big, strong and talented enough to crush pockets. And, the team’s new defensive ends, first-round pick Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah, Jason Jones and Israel Idonije seem set up to have success.

The Lions, though, will need more than a dominant defensive line to make this season more than 2011 — when they snapped an 11-year playoff drought — and less like last year’s 4-12 flop that finished with an eight-game skid. They need more on offense from quarterback Matthew Stafford and new arrival Reggie Bush.

(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

blog comments powered by Disqus
Best Winter Festivals In Metro Detroit
Thanksgiving Parade Guide

Watch & Listen