A weekly look at what the Detroit Lions must fix:
The New York Jets have one of the top rushing defenses in the NFL and have proven to be able to rush the quarterback well out of its 3-4 defense. When the Detroit Lions head to suburban New York City on Sunday, they’ll have to fix their lingering issue at right tackle if they are going to have a shot this week.
According to Pro Football Focus, the combination of Garrett Reynolds and Cornelius Lucas gave up a quarterback sack, a quarterback hit and two hurries on Matthew Stafford against Green Bay and Julius Peppers last week. That’s an issue the Lions are going to have to fix with defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson and outside linebackers Quinton Coples and Calvin Pace lined up against the right tackle. PFF also said both graded in the bottom 20 percent of pass blocking efficiency last week.
The Lions can solve this in one of three ways. The easiest would be hoping starting right tackle LaAdrian Waddle -- who plans on practicing Wednesday -- improves enough from his calf strain to rejoin the lineup Sunday.
If he can’t go, the Lions can either commit tight end Brandon Pettigrew to the right side of the line next to Reynolds or Lucas to provide extra help, although that could hinder some of Joe Lombardi scheming with the rest of Detroit’s offensive pieces.
The other option is to either stick with Lucas or Reynolds to let him build chemistry with right guard Larry Warford throughout the game instead of playing both players, turning the position into a potential turnstile for the Lions' offense and Jets' defense.