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Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Rex Ryan: 'Best defense' coming to town

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

Sunday's game at Ford Field is getting more interesting by the moment.

As you might have heard, the Detroit Lions have already sold out the building, which I understand was pretty loud last weekend despite some 23,000 empty seats.

The Lions have the NFC's highest-scoring offense, averaging 26.1 points per game. But as Jets coach Rex Ryan said during a conference call, "the best defense in the National Football League [is] coming into town."

Lions coach Jim Schwartz issued a slight jab of his own, as Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com points out.

"They're really good at stopping the run,'' Schwartz said, "and they've done a good job of putting pressure on the quarterback. I think they have 15 sacks. ... We have 22. I think that's what it is."

The Lions actually have 23 sacks, but you get the point. It's more than the Jets.

Does Schwartz's team have Big Rex worried? I'm sure he is shuddering to think he could lose consecutive games to NFC North opponents. Regardless, the Lions have reached another milestone in their rebuilding process: Their opponent is feeling compelled to boast about an (perceived) advantage. Stay tuned.