Lions Defensive Line Pressuring Pocket at Top NFL Rate

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Carson Wentz goes down in a sack to Lions’ Aidan Hutchinson.

Coming into the 2022 season, a big goal for the Detroit Lions was finding a way to generate more quarterback pressure.

So far, they’ve found a way to do that. In nearly a complete flip from the 2021 season, the Lions are putting way more pressure on the opposition up front and finding a way to get after it in the trenches.

While the Lions have played just two weeks of football, already, the team is lighting up opposing pockets in a major way. Detroit already has the league’s best pass rush from a pressure perspective statically, something the team’s PR team pointed out with a timely tweet.

“Through Week 2, the Lions have generated 48 total QB pressures, tied for the most in the NFL (per PFF). Detroit’s pressure has forced 8 throwaways from opposing QB’s, the most in the NFL this season,” the site tweeted.

That is a change from last season, when the Lions found pocket pressure to be nearly impossible. The Lions would finish with a total of 30 sacks. With these metrics alone, they are on pace to shatter that number.

All-told, the team in good shape to have a much better defense if this key metric holds throughout the season.


Lions Defensive Line Stepping Up

Coming into the season, a lot was made about the new players the team had added in the trenches. So far, Detroit is managing pressure with a cast of characters that not many folks would recognize across the league.

Rookie Aidan Hutchinson is driving the bus so far with three sacks, but the Lions have seen players like John Cominsky and Charles Harris pay dividen