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The Detroit Lions run defense has become a problem.

They allowed over 200 yards on the ground against the Chicago Bears last Sunday, the Lions have allowed over 190 yards on the ground in three of their past five contests., allowing an opposing offense to reach that mark for the second consecutive week. After an average start against the run in the early weeks of the season

Chicago is led by their young tailback duo, Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen,Authentic Allen Hurns Jersey, averaging 7 yards on their 24 carries. Howard accounted for 125 yards of his 15 carries for an absurd 8.3 yards per attempt.,womens Allen Hurns Jersey, who’ve emerged as one of the best tandems in the league. They combined for 169 of the Bears’ 222 rushing yards

The Bears’ biggest play of the day came on this 50-yard rumble by Howard in the first quarter:

Detroit is lined up in a 4-3,Authentic Paul Posluszny Jersey, with safety Tavon Wilson (No. 32) in the box as a linebacker. The Lions have three corners in press man coverage on each of the Bears three wide receivers; Glover Quin is the only defender more than 5 yards from the line of scrimmage as a deep safety.

Howard takes the handoff,womens Marcedes Lewis Jersey, and the interior of the Bears line does a good job blocking on the first level. Tahir Whitehead (No. 59) gets pushed out of the gap by guard Kyle Long (No. 75). Wilson takes a terrible approach angle and gets caught in Adam Shaheen’s (No. 87) block on the Lions defensive end.

Howard gets to the second level way too easily,womens Jalen Ramsey Jersey, Darius Slay manages to chase him down and force him out of bounds.,womens A.J. Bouye Jersey, and no one is left to take him down. Luckily for Detroit

This play highlights many of the issues within the Lions defense against the run. Detroit’s defensive line has lost their best run stuffer in Haloti Ngata. They have little depth, and Akeem Spence 83 percent.,Authentic Malik Jackson Jersey, and their current starting defensive tackles are taking on a ridiculous workload. A’Shawn Robinson was on the field for 90 percent of the Lions’ defensive snaps

They were being shoved around in the trenches and all day, and couldn’t generate anything up front—and the linebackers behind them could clean up their mess.

Rookie linebacker Jarrad Davis was drafted in the first round to help fix one of the league’s worst linebacking groups. He was an excellent run stuffer at the University of Florida, doesn’t always take great angles and even misses routine tackles., but his skill set has not yet fully translated into the NFL. Davis sometimes gets lost on playswomens Malik Jackson Jersey,

On this play, the bad angle he took allowed Howard to get behind him:womens Paul Posluszny Jersey

Davis (No. 40) is lined up as a weakside linebacker in the Lions’ nickel package. Howard takes the handoff, and he gets caught in the block of Josh Sitton (No. 71).,Authentic Telvin Smith Jersey, and the linebacker’s assignment is the play side B gap. His angle towards the gap is way too narrow

Had he gone wider around the play,womens Telvin Smith Jersey,he would have been able to meet fullback Michael Burton (No. 46) in the gap and caused a pile-up that would stop the running back. Instead,Authentic Marcedes Lewis Jersey, but can’t.,Authentic Jalen Ramsey Jersey, Burton takes out the next man up. Davis breaks off Sitton with one last chance to drag Howard down from behind

But many of the Lions’ run-defense failures start up front:Authentic Barry Church Jersey

The Lions began to stack the box inside to help stop the Bears between the tackles,Authentic A.J. Bouye Jersey,and Chicago responded by stretching them horizontally.

On this play,womens Barry Church Jersey, Howard takes the handoff and darts towards the left edge. The front seven, and Howard bursts through for a 16-yard gain.,Authentic Patrick Omameh Jersey, with help from Glover Quin, do a good job stretching out and denying Howard the corner. Jeremiah Valoaga (No. 78) ends up breaking rank and gets taken down by his blocker. Shaheen blocks out Quin (No. 27) on the edge

In a perfect example of how passing can set up the run,womens Patrick Omameh Jersey, Detroit’s defensive line got beaten for a late touchdown when they overcommitted to the pass rush in the fourth quarter.