Haloti Ngata is showing his value to the Lions in his absence

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Haloti Ngata, the Lions’ big run-stuffing defensive tackle, was lost for the season to a torn biceps suffered in Detroit’s fifth game of the season. In his absence, Ngata has shown just how important he was to the Lions’ run defense.

The Lions allowed 373 rushing yards in their first five games, with Ngata. The Lions have allowed 769 rushing yards in their next five games, without Ngata.

That’s right, the Lions’ run defense is allowing more than twice as many yards per game since Ngata’s injury as they were allowing before Ngata got hurt. That includes Sunday’s game against Chicago, in which the Bears gained a whopping 222 yards against the Lions. The week before, the Browns gained 201 yards against the Lions.

The Lions managed to win both of those games, but giving up 200 yards a week is not the path to the playoffs. They’re going to need to figure out how to stop the run without Ngata, or they’re not gonna get to the postseason.

7 responses to “Haloti Ngata is showing his value to the Lions in his absence

  1. Vikes oline and running backs are going to have a field day on this weak dline. Sake goes for the vikes dline. Lions oline even with Decker back hasn’t proven to be able to block well for Stafford.

  2. There seems to be three teams that always start out the season like they might actually do something and always seem to find a way to muck it up–
    San Diego, Dallas and the Lions.

  3. reapshavocblog says:
    November 22, 2017 at 1:30 pm
    Vikes oline and running backs are going to have a field day on this weak dline. Sake goes for the vikes dline. Lions oline even with Decker back hasn’t proven to be able to block well for Stafford.

    Yup with that huge sample size of one whole game that Decker’s been back

  4. Ziggy is good vs the run so that will help as he’s missed the last 2 games.

    Lions starting OL has been together for 1.5 games. Hopefully, this is where they complete the gelling process. The Lions Offense has been hot and they need to continue being hot to win this game.

  5. This gives you some idea how scary the Lions offense is. Stanford is having a strong season and keeps them in every game despite giving up that kind of yardage. My Vikings look stronger now than they did in that first game, so I am fairly confident. But to me this stat says “ don’t sleep on the Lions”.

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