Allen Park — The Lions have tried to improve their right tackle position for much of the season, and it looks like they might have found a solution in Michael Ola.
With Ola playing the majority of the snaps against Green Bay in Week 10 and all the snaps in a start against Oakland in Week 11, the Lions offensive line had two of its best performances of the season.
Ola was far from perfect, but he likely played well enough to keep the job another week ahead of LaAdrian Waddle, who was a healthy scratch Sunday, and Cornelius Lucas, a healthy scratch in Green Bay.
According to Pro Football Focus, Ola allowed two quarterback hurries in the game. Considering many of his 72 snaps came against star outside linebacker Khalil Mack, that’s a solid effort.
“He played a lot of football, and he hung in there OK,” coach Jim Caldwell said of Ola.
Mack entered the game with five sacks, but didn’t have any in the game, though he had eight tackles and two for loss.
“Khalil Mack gives everybody a tough time,” Caldwell said. “He’s one of the rare talents in this league, and to keep him at bay is a challenge in itself. And he’s tough to handle. I don’t care how experienced you are, I don’t care how good you are, he’s a wrecking crew.”
Here are some other notable snap counts from the game:
Running backs: Theo Riddick (36 of 72), Ameer Abdullah (25) and Joique Bell (13).
Wide receivers: Calvin Johnson (71), Golden Tate (60), Lance Moore (44) and Corey Fuller (9).
Safeties: Glover Quin (51 of 51), Isa Abdul-Quddus (39) and James Ihedigbo (12).
Linebackers: Tahir Whitehead (44), Stephen Tulloch (36), Josh Bynes (31) and Kyle Van Noy (5).