Lions' offensive line deserves credit
Offensive linemen get called out regularly when they noticeably screw up, but usually don’t get much credit when they play well.
Coach Jim Schwartz gives them credit for helping to allow so few quarterback sacks (24) this season.
“It all ties together. Our quarterbacks have done a good job of moving around in there, escaping and getting rid of the ball; Drew (Stanton) had one of those situations where it looked like he was going to take a sack and he was able to shuttle it out to Maurice Morris on one to get an incomplete pass,’’ Schwartz said.
“So I think all of those sort of tie together, but our offensive line has done a really good job of protecting the quarterback. You can’t do that if he doesn’t have places to go with the ball and he had a lot of places to go with the ball in this last game,’’ the coach added.
The line, in particular center Dominic Raiola, were extra fired up against the Bucs after Tampa Bay coach Raheem Morris slapped them in a face with a comment he made about who he was going to play on the defensive line.
Rob Sims has fit right in at left guard between Raiola and Jeff Backus. Stephen Peterman has somehow played through despite a foot injury.
Corey Hilliard has stepped up at right tackle with Gosder Cherilus gone for the season and done a solid job. Hilliard was one-on-one with Green Bay’s Clay Matthews and kept him quiet the whole game two weeks ago.
Not only has the line allowed few sacks, they have opened up holes for the running game especially in the past few games.
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