The Detroit Lions have one of the most vaunted defensive lines in the NFL, helmed by Ndamukong Suh, Corey Williams, Nick Fairley and Sammie Hill, but the team’s secondary is awful with little to none depth at the cornerback position.
Sunday the Lions signed veteran cornerback Drayton Florence in an attempt to bolster its depth, but at this point he appears to be nothing but a body. The Lions are expected to start rookie cornerback Bill Bentley Sunday against the Rams and the other cornerback spot will be anchored by veteran Chris Houston. It’s unsure who will be playing safety for the Lions. Star safety Louis Delmas is week-to-week with an injury and it is doubtful that he makes his first appearance of the season this weekend.
So, what does this mean for the St. Louis Rams?
The Rams should be able to throw the ball against the Lions, regardless of how young the wide receivers are who are going to be getting most of the playing time. Quarterback Sam Bradford should be able to find guys who get behind the secondary and one-on-one matchups will be open occasionally against the Lions rookie Bentley.
The key for Bradford is timing. He is not going to have enough time to wait for a seven-step-drop plays to develop. The short, intermediate passing game must be utilized by Bradford because the ball must leave his hand quick against this defensive line. The Lions have a ton of rotational guys on the line who could start for other NFL clubs, so there will always be a fresh defensive linemen in the game who could record three to five sacks on any given Sunday.
Running back Steven Jackson may be able to rack up decent yardage, but expect the Rams to make their hay against the Lions poor secondary on Sunday.