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Nick Fairley: Suh and I are the best defensive tackle pair in the NFL

Ndamukong Suh, Nick Fairley

Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (90) celebrates a sack with teammate Nick Fairley (98) during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts at Ford Field in Detroit, Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)

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The bold proclamations from Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley are continuing.

When we last checked in with Fairley, he was predicting the Lions would go to the Super Bowl. Now Fairley is saying that he and Ndamukong Suh are already the best defensive tackle tandem in the NFL.

Of course,” Fairley told the team’s website. “We’re going to give guys trouble, man. It’s like pick your poison this year with our defensive line. You cannot come in and double-team Ndamukong and you can’t come in and double-team me.”

Fairley said that there’s so much talent on the line, with him and Suh in the middle and a three-man rotation at defensive end, that opposing offensive linemen aren’t going to be able to block them all.

“You won’t be able to double-team Ziggy [Ansah] or Jason Jones or Willie [Young]. You have to pick who you’re going to bring your back to chip. We’re going to feed off each other, and when we get that chemistry down, it’s going to look real good for us,” Fairley said.

Fairley came on strong in his second season and was one of the Lions’ few bright spots in a disappointing year. The Lions will need Fairley and Suh to be as good as he says they are, if they’re going to be as good a team as he says they will be.