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Wednesday, 28 August 2013 10:55

Lions leaning on its Suh-led defensive line

DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Lions are leaning on their defensive line to help the franchise bounce back from a poor season that made its recent playoff appearance look like it might've been a fluke. Defensive tackles Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley are potentially big, strong and talented enough to crush pockets. And, the team's new defensive ends, first-round pick Ezekiel "Ziggy" Ansah, Jason Jones and Israel Idonije seem set up to have success. The Lions, though, will need more than a dominant defensive line to make this season more than 2011 - when they snapped an 11-year playoff drought - and less like last year's 4-12 flop that finished with an eight-game skid. They need more on offense from quarterback Matthew Stafford and new arrival Reggie Bush.