TWENTYMAN: Lions defensive front making an impact after recent hiatus

Posted Oct 27, 2013

The Lions defensive front has had a big impact the first 30 minutes of the game

When the Lions have been at their best on defense this season their defensive line has been pressuring the quarterback, causing havoc and forcing turnovers.

Nick FairleyDT Nick Fairley (Photo: G.Smith/Detroit Lions)

Through the first 30 minutes of today’s game vs. the Cowboys, the front four has regained some of its form and is causing havoc.

The last time they were this active was the second half in Cleveland two weeks ago, where the Lions scored 24 unanswered points.

Defensive tackle Nick Fairley has hit Romo twice and Ndamukong Suh once. All three plays forced incomplete passes and two of them came on third down (one each from Fairley and Suh).

The Lions had just three quarterback hits the entire game in a loss to Cincinnati last week.

It’s been especially nice to see Fairley as active as he’s been early on. Along with his two quarterback hits, Fairley also made a tackle 10 yards down the field on a broken play to tight end Jason Witten. He's finally taking advantage of some of the one-on-one matchups he's seeing.

The Lions trail 10-7 at halftime, but that’s more because of a terrible interception by Matthew Stafford at the end of the half that set up a 5-yard touchdown from Tony Romo to Dez Bryant.

The Cowboys longest play from scrimmage in the first half was 17 yards and they were 2-of-7 on third down.

A lot of that is because the Lions are winning the battle upfront on defense.