The Detroit Lions have recorded 25.0 sacks on the season.
Unfortunately for the Lions, their ability to get to the quarterback has not necessarily been measured by their number of sacks.
Instead, it has been measured by an entire nation that is trying to decide if they can accept the play of one Ndamukong Suh.
Suh has, yet again, blurred the line between physical football and dirty football. After the seemingly blatant kick to Matt Schaub’s groin on Thanksgiving, a league-ordered suspension seemed inevitable.
Nope. Just $30,000 and a slap on the wrist.
Suh will play this weekend when the Colts visit Ford Field.
Indianapolis comes into Detroit having won six of their last eight games.
Andrew Luck and the offense will look to attack Suh and the rather porous Detroit defense. Ranked 12th against the pass, and 21st against the rush (yards allowed,) the Lions have provided opportunities for their opponents to get up and down the field.
The Lions were gouged by the Texans who went for 501 total yards last Thursday. The Colts will need continued consistency from their stable of running backs, and a big game from Luck if they hope to defeat the Lions. With just 225 yards coming in last week’s win over Buffalo, it is critical that Indianapolis get their aerial attack back on track.
The Colts have turned the ball over at least twice in each of their last three games. They must avoid turnovers in Detroit. The Lions will have no problem taking advantage. Fortunately for Indy, this task should not be entirely too difficult against the Lions, who rank 26th in takeaways.
Matthew Stafford has been a beast this year. Despite talks of the Madden Curse being placed on one Calvin Johnson, the tandem has been near-unstoppable. Stafford leads the league with 3,429 passing yards; Johnson leads all receivers with 1257 yards.
The Colts’ defense, similar to that of Detroit has been prone to giving up big gains to opposing offenses. They have given up 3905 yards through the air - 20th in the league.
This game has shoot out potential.
So long as Luck avoids any Suh-spicious kicks after the play, the Colts have a realistic shot to steal a win in the Motor City.