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Coming into the season, the secondary was the weak link of the entire team. That statement has been proven true as the Lions have surrendered highly efficient performances to almost every quarterback.
The Lions have allowed 66 percent passes completed against them. The secondary hasn't been carved up with many yards, not including Jake Locker who had a career day completing 29-of-42 passes for 378 yards and two touchdowns. Detroit has been held in check courtesy of simple, short passes that take advantage of the weak secondary.
Chris Houston and Bill Bentley have been banged up a bit this season, but have proven to be the best defensive backs available. Neither men nor any back has recorded an interception yet, but Houston and Bentley have been the most consistent of other backs. Bentley has been going through his growing pains, including a rough performance against Minnesota with two bad pass interference calls.
Reserves such as Jacob Lacey have been disappointing and a non-factor this year. The Lions have also lost veteran cornerback Drayton Florence to a forearm injury for the rest of the season.
Playing without leader Louis Delmas at safety because of knee surgery, the Lions are forced to play with their backups Erik Coleman and John Wendling. Coleman has been a pleasant surprise this year, while Wendling continues to trade shifts with Amari Spievey.
Signs don't seem to be pointing up for the Lions' secondary this year, especially with the low quality of talent at the positions. The Lions could possibly see the return of Delmas after the bye week, which would be a huge upgrade for this defense.