Lions' O-line makes progress, faces big test

Posted Oct. 15, 2010 @ 7:20 p.m.
Posted By Eric Edholm

One of the questions entering the season has been answered. The Lions' offensive line can't be called a weakness, not after doing a nice job against some pretty good pass-rushing teams. The Giants and their 19 sacks loom on Sunday, but there's a reason the team has put up 126 points in five games, mostly with a backup QB at the helm. The blocking has been good. Sure, the team still gains only 3.6 yards per rush, but the line is providing good pass protection. The one new starter, OLG Rob Sims, has impressed early and earned himself a four-year extension last week. Even much-maligned ORT Gosder Cherilus has shown well, flashing the power that made him a first-round pick and displaying the ability to get out on linebackers and block. It's possible, too, that this group could remain the same next season, which would only improve the chemistry up front. Jeff Backus will make his 150th consecutive start Sunday, a testament to his toughness.