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Looking at formations: Week 4 vs. Bears

10/1/2013

Every week, we’ll take a look at what offensive formations the Lions ran during their last game.

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- If there was a question of how Detroit would handle its offense after the injury to Nate Burleson, the answer ended up being more complicated than one player.

It was multi-faceted.

Detroit used a lot of wide receiver Ryan Broyles. Receiver Kris Durham saw significant action again. And the Lions ran some two running back and two tight end sets. I was able to catch 62 of Detroit’s 66 offensive plays Sunday against Chicago and here’s an approximate rundown of the formations the Lions ran.

Shotgun 1 running back/3 wide receivers/1 tight end -- 14

1 running back/3 wide receivers/1 tight end -- 5

Shotgun 2 running backs/2 wide receivers/1 tight end (RB slot right) -- 4

Shotgun Empty 1 running back/3 wide receivers/1 tight end (RB slot left) -- 4

Shotgun 1 running back/3 wide receiver/1 tight end (stack two left) -- 3

Shotgun 1 running back/2 wide receivers/2 tight ends -- 3

Shotgun Empty 1 running back/2 wide receivers/2 tight ends -- 3

1 running back/3 wide receivers/1 tight end (stack two left) -- 2

1 running back/2 wide receivers/2 tight ends -- 2

Pistol 1 running back/2 wide receivers/2 tight ends (TE off-set backfield) -- 2

Shotgun 1 running back/2 wide receivers/2 tight ends (TE slot left) -- 2

Shotgun 1 running back/3 wide receivers/1 tight end (TE slot right) -- 2

Shotgun 1 running back/3 wide receivers/1 tight end (trips left) -- 2

1 running back/3 wide receivers/1 tight end (stack two right) -- 1

1 running back/2 wide receivers/1 tight end (6 OL) -- 1

1 running back/1 wide receiver/3 tight ends (TE out wide) -- 1

2 running backs/2 wide receivers/1 tight end (RB slot right) -- 1

Pistol 1 running back/3 wide receivers/1 tight end -- 1

Shotgun 1 running back/3 wide receivers/1 tight end (stack two left, stack two right) -- 1

Shotgun 2 running back/2 wide receivers/1 tight end(RB slot left) -- 1

Shotgun 2 running back/2 wide receivers/1 tight end (stack two left) -- 1

Shotgun 1 running back/2 wide receivers/2 tight end(TE slot right) -- 1

Shotgun 1 running back/2 wide receivers/2 tight end (TE wide right) -- 1

Shotgun 1 running back/3 wide receivers/1 tight end (trips right) -- 1

Shotgun 1 running back/3 wide receivers/1 tight end (stack two right) -- 1

Shotgun 1 running back/3 wide receivers/1 tight end (offset TE backfield) -- 1

Shotgun Empty 1 running back/3 wide receivers/1 tight end (RB wide right) -- 1