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Lions Leaning On Its Suh-Led Defensive Line

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CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 15: Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh #90 of the Detroit Lions tries to block quarterback Brandon Weeden #3 of the Cleveland Browns during the first half of a preseason at FirstEnergy Stadium on August 15, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

CLEVELAND, OH – AUGUST 15: Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh #90 of the Detroit Lions tries to block quarterback Brandon Weeden #3 of the Cleveland Browns during the first half of a preseason at FirstEnergy Stadium on August 15, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

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LARRY LAGE, AP Sports Writer


DETROIT (AP)
— 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.

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