Lions Ball Control Will Help Defense Premium Story

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

Date: Aug 18, 2008

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.

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