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Lions Ball Control Will Help Defense

Brian Kelly snags an INT (AP Photo/Tony Tribble)

The Lions' emphasis on running the ball this season isn't just about balance for balance's sake or opening up the field for wide receivers Roy Williams and Calvin Johnson. It's about controlling the ball and the clock, a key advantage for a defense that was run ragged a year ago. After Sunday's exhibition win, it's already paying dividends.

The Detroit Lions' defense ranked last in the NFL last season. Last in average yards allowed. Last in average points allowed. The Lions allowed 56 points at Philadelphia, the most points they had allowed since 1968. They allowed 51 points at San Diego, giving up 50 points twice in a season for the first time in their history. But they expect to be much better this season. They have nowhere to go...

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