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Detroit Defense- It's Now Or Never

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It was really hard for me to not title this post "The 'Suh-ner' The Better". But after seeing a million articles entitled "Aginn and Aginn" after Teddy Ginn Jr's performance last week, I decided to spare you, reader. You're welcome.

Coming into the 2011 season, no team has been as hyped as the Detroit Lions, particularly their defense. Which is what makes this week’s match up against the Chiefs at Ford Field even more significant particularly from a fantasy perspective and something you, as a fantasy owner, should capitalize on.

Last week the Chiefs offense was dominated by a Bills defense that was one of the worst in the NFL in 2010, including dead last against the run. Kansas City mustered just 213 total yards and one TD and was overmatched the entire game. So what do you think will happen when they face off against Detroit? Even without stud rookie defensive tackle Nick Fairly, the Lions have arguably the best front four defensive linemen in the game which frees everything else up for the LB’s and DB’s.

The Lions are coming off of a 27-20 victory over the Tampa Bay Bucs, but that score is not indicative of how good the defense played. Excluding an INT for TD and a long kick return that setup a Bucs FG, the Lions defense really only gave up 10 points last week, the one TD occurring with 1:35 left in the game. They also held Tampa running backs to 30 yards on 12 carries, sacked Josh Freeman twice and forced one turnover.

While those stats weren’t particularly great for fantasy numbers last week, it was a solid defensive effort on all fronts. The fantasy scoring should come this week against a Chiefs team that has absolutely nothing to feel positive about. But if the Lions are going to be a productive defensive/special teams unit that you can start mindlessly every week for 2011, this is the first week they need to prove it. But then again, we'd hate to a"suh"me anything at this point. I couldn't resist!