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No sacks of Stafford, but Lions’ left tackle is taking heat

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The Detroit Lions are the only team in the NFL that hasn’t allowed a sack yet, which is very good news for Matthew Stafford, the franchise quarterback who has had trouble staying healthy in his first two NFL seasons.

But just because Stafford has been upright, that doesn’t necessarily mean all is well on the Lions’ offensive line.

In fact, although few people noticed it because the Lions abused the Chiefs 48-3, Chiefs defensive end Tamba Hali abused Lions left tackle Jeff Backus on Sunday. Hali hit Stafford just as Stafford was passing six times, and former NFL offensive lineman Mark Schlereth said on ESPN’s NFL Live today that he saw major problems with Backus when breaking down the tape of Sunday’s game.

“Don’t let stats get in the way of facts — don’t let them get in the way of your eyeballs,” Schlereth said. “There still are some concerns with this team when it comes to pass protection, and I have concerns about their left tackle.”

Backus is recovering from a pectoral injury and left the game against the Chiefs with a finger injury, so he may not be 100 percent healthy. But with the Lions facing Jared Allen and the Vikings on Sunday, they need Backus to have a better game than he had against the Chiefs.

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25 Responses to “No sacks of Stafford, but Lions’ left tackle is taking heat”
  1. klunge says: Sep 22, 2011 5:24 PM

    So coming off an injury, he allowed some QB hits but no sacks to a Pro Bowl end who netted 14.5 sacks last year, and is getting criticized for it. How many TD’s did Stafford throw in that game, and how many injuries did he sustain? 4 and 0. Guess you gotta hate on somebody for something, right?

  2. thephantomstranger says: Sep 22, 2011 5:30 PM

    You have to dig deep to find a weakness on the Lions juggernaut. If I were the Vikings, I wouldn’t even show up for the game, instead of their usual practice of quitting at halftime.

  3. staff2cj4td says: Sep 22, 2011 5:34 PM

    I was at the game, I noticed that too. I’m not one of these fans that always comes down on Backus, but he didn’t look good last week. And with Jared Allen, Julius Peppers, Clay Matthews, Patrick Willis, and the New Orleans blitzing D coming up soon, this needs to be addressed!!!

  4. rugdog100 says: Sep 22, 2011 5:40 PM

    I disagree with thephantomloser.

  5. sterilizecromartie says: Sep 22, 2011 5:55 PM

    Backus is going to get Stafford killed one of these days. Look no further than Julius Peppers abusing him and essentially ending the Lions season last year in week one. I don’t care if Peppers is an all-decade DE. He made Backus look like a JV backup.

    But don’t blame Stafford when he goes down. It’s not his fault. Hell, don’t even blame Backus. He knows he is in over his head. Blame the Lions organization for drafting (another) DT, and (another) WR, and (another) RB, etc. instead of protecting their franchise QB.

    Just think: they could have Michael Oher blocking for Stafford. Instead they traded up for Brandon “I’m not even the best TE on the team” Pettigrew.

  6. buffordtjustice says: Sep 22, 2011 5:58 PM

    Wait till he faces DWare!!

  7. jayrams39 says: Sep 22, 2011 6:01 PM

    How good would Stafford really be if Calvin Johnson wasn’t drawing the db’s away from the other recievers?

  8. claymatthewsloveshgh says: Sep 22, 2011 6:16 PM

    Jared Allen = 3 sacks, 1 fumble recovery, 1 safety come sunday!

  9. wtfru2 says: Sep 22, 2011 6:30 PM

    Jared Allen will give him all the reps he needs this weekend! Kevin William is also back, albeit playing for free…..

  10. houseofspears90 says: Sep 22, 2011 6:33 PM

    jayrams39 says:Sep 22, 2011 6:01 PM

    How good would Stafford really be if Calvin Johnson wasn’t drawing the db’s away from the other recievers?
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    That is beyond dumb. With that logic than even Hill and Stanton will be the 4th best QB rating in the league? Have you watched a single game, Stafford fits passes in windows that are as small as the ball. Nobody has ever said Stafford doesn’t have the number#1 pick kind of talent, he just hasn’t been able to stay healthy.

  11. boogiesauce says: Sep 22, 2011 6:38 PM

    Just think: they could have Michael Oher blocking for Stafford. Instead they traded up for Brandon “I’m not even the best TE on the team” Pettigrew.

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    Actually they didn’t trade up. We gained a 1st 3rd and 6th round pick from the cowboys for roy williams.

    Pettigrew is actually really good at blocking and recieving.

    And he was drafted to actually help Backus. Which he has.

    And stafford has shown that he can be surgical on a defense without CJ as well

  12. detroitrollin22 says: Sep 22, 2011 6:59 PM

    Lions- 31
    vikings-14

  13. iminyrhead says: Sep 22, 2011 7:07 PM

    jayrams39 says:
    Sep 22, 2011 6:01 PM
    How good would Stafford really be if Calvin Johnson wasn’t drawing the db’s away from the other recievers?

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    WOW! An astute observation! Did you come up with that all by yourself??? Thats like saying that Peyton Manning wouldn’t be the QB he is NOW, had it not been for Marvin Harrison? Does CJ draw coverage away from Sheffler as well … COme on dude, do yourself a favor … go to the dollar store and buy yourself a CLUE!!

  14. trbowman says: Sep 22, 2011 7:27 PM

    I didn’t see the game, but Backus was great last year and underrated.

  15. buffordtjustice says: Sep 22, 2011 7:34 PM

    Vikings cant win with mcnabb.

  16. jimmylions says: Sep 22, 2011 7:51 PM

    Stafford hasn’t been sacked, but he’s thrown bad passes when he should have eaten the ball. In both games this season, Stafford threw very rookie-looking interceptions because he got rattled by the pass rush.

    That being said, most of the time he had plenty of time and he throws missiles. I think part of the problems the Chiefs had last week was Cassell wanted to show he can play like Stafford, but just doesn’t have the arm.

    Anyway, the Lions will need to slow down the Vikings rush or Stafford will take some heat. I’d rather see Stafford take the sack than throw the pick.

  17. triumphdog says: Sep 22, 2011 8:09 PM

    As a life long Lions’ fan (27). I’m pretty sure all of us fans realize that Jeff Backus has been very average for quite some time. He does get lite up by superior defensive ends in this league. He might even get a little to much love for the fact that he is a University of Michigan Alum. Until he is replaced, it will continue to be risky when our beloved Mr. Stafford drops back. Take care fellas.

  18. tigers182 says: Sep 22, 2011 8:34 PM

    The same people complaining about Backus are the same people who thought the Lions should take Aaron Curry over Stafford (see story before).

  19. jayrams39 says: Sep 22, 2011 8:42 PM

    boogiesauce says:
    Sep 22, 2011 6:38 PM
    Just think: they could have Michael Oher blocking for Stafford. Instead they traded up for Brandon “I’m not even the best TE on the team” Pettigrew.

    ———————–

    Actually they didn’t trade up. We gained a 1st 3rd and 6th round pick from the cowboys for roy williams.

    Pettigrew is actually really good at blocking and recieving.

    And he was drafted to actually help Backus. Which he has.

    And stafford has shown that he can be surgical on a defense without CJ as well

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    Why do you say “we” when referring to the Lions..are you on the team?

  20. nelspetersen says: Sep 22, 2011 9:03 PM

    The Lions juggernaut? LMAO, they’ve played a game against a subpar team and a game against one of the worst teams in the league. Don’t count your chickens before they hatch just because your team can compete for the first time in years.

  21. chobes68 says: Sep 22, 2011 9:12 PM

    “Lions juggernaut”

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    Using big words there. Didn’t realize beating the Bucs and Chiefs warranted such a word.

    Its a long season. Ask the Broncos about starting the season hot, and how quickly it goes away.

  22. brianbowman16 says: Sep 23, 2011 12:25 AM

    sterilizecromartie says:
    Sep 22, 2011 5:55 PM

    But don’t blame Stafford when he goes down. It’s not his fault. Hell, don’t even blame Backus. He knows he is in over his head. Blame the Lions organization for drafting (another) DT, and (another) WR, and (another) RB, etc. instead of protecting their franchise QB.
    Just think: they could have Michael Oher blocking for Stafford. Instead they traded up for Brandon “I’m not even the best TE on the team” Pettigrew.

    um last i looked, Pettigrew set records for recieving yards for a Lions tight end (a group that includes the great Hall of Famer Charlie Sanders) last year

    and we drafed MUCH needed depth with Titus Young, Mikel Lashoure and Fairley.
    maybe….just MAYBE get your sh*t straight before mouthing off about something

  23. mystereo says: Sep 23, 2011 1:44 AM

    The Lions have to hold, trip and even fake injuries to ensure Stafford stays on the field. It’s a damn shame Barry Sanders didn’t have this guy at QB.

  24. asublimeday says: Sep 23, 2011 3:18 AM

    Say goodbye to your season when peppers comes to town.

    Wait… Didn’t that happen last year, too?

    Rut row.

  25. brianbowman16 says: Sep 23, 2011 8:28 AM

    mystereo says:Sep 23, 2011 1:44 AM

    “The Lions have to hold, trip and even fake injuries to ensure Stafford stays on the field. It’s a damn shame Barry Sanders didn’t have this guy at QB.”

    spoken like a true, informed fan
    not so much really
    Suh has the reputation of being dirty and so now the ENTIRE TEAM is dirty???
    oh how i missed these days when the Detroit Lions were good enough to get moronic attacks like this!

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