Its exciting to have playmakers at the skill positions like Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson. They get the headlines, they sell the jerseys, they fill the stadiums.
But, in the end, football is still about what happens in the trenches, and thats what has to be so encouraging for the Detroit Lions coming off their 26-23 overtime victory last Sunday at Philadelphia.
Despite committing far too many penalties, the offensive and defensive lines were otherwise quite impressive. They helped keep the Lions in striking distance until Stafford and Johnson finally started to put it together for a fourth-quarter rally.
Lets start with the offensive line. Stafford never was sacked and barely got hit, despite throwing 45 passes. The run game averaged 4.9 yards per carry - 138 yards, the most the Eagles have allowed this season, on 28 carries.
We were physical, offensive guard Rob Sims said. We felt we set the tempo for the whole game. It was a good one for us. I think every week weve been ...