Nate Chandler has to be replaced at some point with a more competent option at the position. I love his story, but his lack of experience isn't something that we can get away with for incredibly long. Our inability to run the ball up the middle, while not hurting us the past two weeks, is going to become an issue against better teams. The fact that we're not getting push in the redzone on running plays is an IMMENSE concern to me and the fact that we've had some missed blocks that have contributed to our RB crew getting banged up is not a good sign. Pass protecting has been suitable but not ideal. I understand that Cam is harder to block for than most QB because of his desire to extend plays but I wasn't comfortable with the amount of times he ended up on his back last week. It seemed like there were very few blitz plays by the Lions that were unsuccessful in the sense of getting pressure on Cam. To his credit, he did a decent enough job of getting the ball out and making positive yards on a few of those plays but it's still a concern.
On the upswing, there have been less holding and presnap penalties than I expected with a new group working together. I think this group is pretty tight, but they're about maxed out in terms of everyone bringing what they can. I only think we have two NFL caliber starters on our line right now and the rest of the group is patchwork but competitive. If they can keep that going they have a chance to help this work. But we have to be able to run the ball and right now we're not getting it done.