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TIM AND MIKE: Week 7 observations

Leading the way: Fullback Nick Bellore has gotten accolades for two lead blocks he delivered to clear the way on two of LeGarrette Blount's short-yardage touchdown runs in the last two games. It's not like the 250-pound Bellore had a significant physical advantage blocking linebackers on either one. Against the Packers, it was a one-on-one matchup against 241-pound Antonio Morrison. On Sunday against the Dolphins, it was 248-pound Raekwon McMillan. Proper technique and position are as important as weight. – Mike O'Hara

Give him a Hand: Rookie Da'Shawn Hand continues to impress, and continues to get more and more opportunities to do so. Hand played 73 percent (41) of Detroit's snaps Sunday, which was 20 more snaps than any other interior defender. Hand was credited with eight quarterback hurries in the contest. That's more than a third of all of Detroit's hurries in the game (22). – Tim Twentyman

Leading the game: The Lions have not been behind at any point in the last two games. They zoomed to a 24-0 lead in the first half of their 31-23 win over the Packers in Week 5. Against the Dolphins it was a 10-0 lead early in the second quarter and 20-7 midway through the third. In both games, the Lions had solid control. – Mike O'Hara

Run to pass: It's amazing what a run game as effective as Detroit's was in Miami can do for the passing game. The Lions ran all over the Dolphins from the get-go, which forced Miami's defense to adjust and focus more on the run. That allowed Stafford to complete 18 of his 22 passes (82 percent). Maybe even more impressive, Stafford was 4-of-5 passing for 92 yards and a touchdown pushing the ball down the field 10 yards or more in the air. That comes out to a passer rating of 158.3. – Tim Twentyman

Sack time: Stafford has been sacked only 10 times in the first six games. A year ago, he was sacked 23 times in the first six games. His pass attempts are about the same – 225 through six games last year vs. 213 this year. And the 3-3 won-loss record is the same. But there's no doubt that production in the running game and improved pass protection have the Lions better positioned to make a playoff run. – Mike O'Hara

Sack time II: The Lions have had their best pass rusher available to them for a total of a quarter and a half this year. Defensive end Ziggy Ansah suffered a shoulder injury in the second quarter of Week 1, and hasn't played since, but the Lions' defense has still been able to generate pressure. They recorded four sacks vs. Miami Sunday, and have 21.0 on the year, which are currently the fourth most in the NFL. In fact, the Lions' defense has recorded two-plus sacks in 10 consecutive games dating back to last season, the longest active streak in the NFL. – Tim Twentyman

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