The 1991-92 season was the last time Detroit Lyons won the playoffs.
Not exactly the statistic that Detroit fans love to hear.
However, the Lions are optimistic about what could be the result of this season, especially given the offensive line they have.
Taylor Decker, a seven-year veteran from Ohio, spoke to the Detroit Free Press about the unit and why he believes his experience will be equal to Detroit’s success this season.
“I would say this is the most talented line I’ve been a part of, 100 percent,” Decker said. “I’m not necessarily a talent appraiser, but we have a bunch of guys who are smart, confident, athletic. I mean, we can go out and run a bunch of guys around the perimeter, or we can run down.
“Then blocking the pass one-on-one, I’m 100 percent sure that if you put five guys in front of us, we’ll be able to withstand … and it opens up a lot of things for players who take skills. “
Decker rated the attack, which ranked 24th in the league for the past two seasons, averaging just 21.3 points per game compared to the league average of 23.9.
The Lions also ranked below the league average for the same period in yards per game (102.6, 25th), in yards per game (233.4, 16th), and net yards per game (336 , 0, 21st) and the percentage conversion to third (37.8, 28).
In addition, in the last two seasons, Detroit has had only 98 trips that have reached the red zone, leveling 26th in the NFL and well below the league average of 110.9.
Despite barely spending time in the red zone, the Lions still managed to turn the ball in the red zone seven times, finishing ninth in the NFL in those two years.
Although Lions coach Dan Campbell believes their offensive bloc should solve some of these problems.
“It’s a good band, I know that,” Campbell told the Free Press on Thursday. “They work together. Frank (Ragnov) and Jonah (Jackson), (Penei) Sewell and Big Wee (Halopulivati White), all of them. (Taylor) Decker.
“It’s a veteran group, it’s pretty tough, they’re smart, they work well together.”
The Lions will also depend on the veteran group to ensure their attack has more time with the ball. Detroit, which ranked 28th in the NFL by tenure last season (15:42), is below the league average of 16:36.
Detroit is also one of 10 teams in the NFL that have not scored more than 40 points in the last two seasons. They are ninth in the number of games that finish with 10 points or less, with five such games in the last two seasons.
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