Contributions from front to back in the Lions’ 35-23 win over the Arizona Cardinals offered evidence that the defense has improved in critical areas over last season.
Pressure up front was good, with more impact than the single sack of Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer would indicate. Linebackers helped cut off the running lanes. And the Lions dominated the turnover battle, with three interceptions from the secondary and a fumble recovery from rookie middle linebacker
The defense’s overall performance drew praise from ESPN analyst Jon Gruden in his preview of the upcoming Lions-Giants game on Monday Night TV.
“Their defense is better than people think,” Gruden said this week on ESPN’s Mike & Mike show. “They can rush the passer, and they have a very opportunistic secondary. I like Glover Quin a lot at the free safety positon.”
“I just hope Odell Beckham plays.”
Quin appreciated the comments from Gruden, former head coach of the Raiders and Buccaneers and a Super Bowl winner with the Bucs, but he added a customary note of caution.
“I didn’t hear what he said,” Quin this week. “It’s cool. We played one game.”
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