(10/20/14) The Lions DST unit finally hit a bump in the road Sunday, in a 24-23 win over the Saints in Week 7.
The Lions streak of double digit Fantasy scoring games came to an end at four Sunday, though they still managed a respectable 7 points, thanks to two turnovers. They also sacked Drew Brees once, while allowing 408 yards of total offense in the win.
The Lions have still put up five double-digit Fantasy games in seven tries, and will look to do so in Week 8 against the Falcons.
Lions could keep rolling vs. Saints
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/16/14) The Lions' defense has been one of the league's best so far, and even a matchup with the Saints in Week 7 shouldn't be enough to deter Fantasy owners.
The Lions rank second in the league in Fantasy scoring among DST units, at 15.7 per game, thanks to a strong pass defense that has racked up 20 sacks and seven interceptions. They may not able to hold the Saints' passing game in check even with those numbers, however the Saints haven't been as explosive as expected on offense anyways.
Three of the Saints' last four opponents have logged double figures in scoring from the DST unit, and New Orleans might be without their top weapon with Jimmy Graham dealing with a shoulder issue.
Even if Graham plays, there is reason to think he will not be as effective as usual. Though it would have come as a shock even two months ago, the Lions can be considered a solid starting option against the Saints in Week 7.
Caldwell: Kyle Van Noy 'looked pretty good' in practice
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/16/14) Lions coach Jim Caldwell said linebacker Kyle Van Noy "looked pretty good" during practice Wednesday. Though, Caldwell offered no return date for Van Noy, who has been on short-term injured reserve all season recovering from sports hernia surgery.
DE Ezekiel Ansah helping Lions lead league in sacks
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/15/14) Lions second-year defensive end Ezekiel Ansah posted career highs in sacks (2.5) and tackles for loss (4) in the Week 6 win at Minnesota. It was his fourth career game with two or more sacks.
Ansah also recorded five tackles and forced a fumble.
The Lions lead the NFL with 20 sacks and allow a league-low 270.7 yards per game. They visit the Saints on Sunday.
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Save for the addition of veteran safety James Ihedigbo and rookie linebacker Kyle Van Noy, the Lions defense returns intact. That's good and bad news -- the front seven of the group is rock-solid, anchored by Ndamukong Suh and pass rusher Ziggy Ansah. But the secondary is a mess -- aside from safety Glover Quin there isn't a fearsome defender back there. The Lions turned over their coaching staff this offseason and hired Teryl Austin as their new defensive coordinator. Austin is a defensive backs guru who should help the group perk up, though there's enough weak-ish veterans on staff to keep us pessimistic. The Lions do have a great couple of games to begin the year against the Giants and Panthers and then the Jets in Week 4. If that sounds good to you then think about taking the Lions DST to start the season. Otherwise keep the door open on them being a useful replacement off waivers.