Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/5/13
The Detroit Lions' defense might be the very definition of bend but don't break. They're not particularly difficult to move the ball against ranking 19th in total defense at 378.8 yards allowed per game. But they get off the field as well as anyone ranking No. 1 in third-down defense (21.3 percent) and No. 5 in takeaways (11). What's different this year that has allowed Detroit to become so effective at snuffing out opponent drives? "I think we're tough" defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham said. "I think we're a lot tougher than we've been in the past. We're a lot stronger." Toughness is a buzz word around locker rooms but Detroit (3-1) has the goods to back up the claim. It has become an enforcer defensively especially up front. Players say the defense's toughness emanates from dominant defensive tackles Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley. Cunningham said he counted 36 run plays up the middle and opponents gained just 52 yards. The breakdowns have come on the perimeter not u...
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