Often, left tackles that are not only talented but also are durable are one-of-a-kind.
That won’t be the case Sunday when the Tennessee Titans host the Detroit Lions (noon, CBS) at LP Field. There will be two in action.
Detroit’s Jeff Backus and Tennessee’s Michael Roos come have the two longest active streaks of consecutive starts among all NFL tackles. Backus’ streak is at 178 games and Roos’ is at 115.
Backus was a first-round pick (18th overall) by the Lions in 2001 and has started every game since. His streak of consecutive starts is the longest in franchise history, and he is one of just 10 offensive linemen since 1970 to start every game over a 10-year period. Last season he played in the postseason for the first time.
Roos was a second-round pick (41st overall) in 2005 and he too has started every game of his career. He spent one season at right tackle before he moved to the left side. He has been to the Pro Bowl once and has appeared in two playoff games.
Other notable numbers, including a few more connected to the offensive line, related to Sunday’s contest:
0 – first-half touchdowns by the Titans. Their only points in the opening 30 minutes this season have been a first-quarter field goal against New England and a second-quarter field goal against New England.
2 – straight games in which running back Chris Johnson has rushed for fewer than 20 yards (he has 21 on 19 carries in the first two games). Through his first four seasons (63 games) he gained fewer than 20 yards only four times.
4.5 – sacks per pass allowed by the Titans’ offensive line since the start of 2010. That is fifth best in the league.
4.6 – sacks per pass allowed by the Lions’ offensive line since the start of 2010. That is sixth best in the league.
6 – NFL teams that do not have a rushing touchdown through the first two weeks. The Titans are one of the six.
10 – time in 30 career starts Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has passed for 2300 yards or more. Tennesse’s Jake Locker’s career-high in seven appearances (two starts) is 282.
14 – receptions by Detroit’s Calvin Johnson, which is tied for fifth among all NFL wide receivers.
25 – total first downs by the Titans in their first two games. That’s the fewest in the NFL.
33 – first downs passing by the Lions in their first two games. That’s the second-highest total in the NFL. Overall, Detroit has 43 first downs, which is tied for ninth.
499 – current regular season starts with the Lions by Detroit’s starting five offensive linemen. That is the most of any NFL team.