Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Some numbers behind Detroit's 22-9 loss
By Michael Rothstein
The third down defense percentage jumped a little higher. The protection of quarterback Matthew Stafford wasn't quite as good.
And missing Calvin Johnson -- that was an obvious issue for Detroit during its 22-9 loss to Green Bay on Sunday.
Here are some numbers to look at that might explain how the Lions dropped to 3-2, still holding a tiebreaker lead in the NFC North over the Chicago Bears and a half-game lead over the Green Bay Packers.
Statistics and figures from ESPN Stats & Information were used in compiling this post. Follow ESPN Stats & Information on Twitter @ESPNStatsInfo.
11 -- Number of Lions who played every snap Sunday. On offense, quarterback Matthew Stafford and offensive linemen Dominic Raiola, Riley Reiff, Larry Warford and Rob Sims. On defense safeties Louis Delmas and Glover Quin, cornerbacks Chris Houston and Rashean Mathis and linebackers DeAndre Levy and Stephen Tulloch.
0 -- Targets for rookie tight end Joseph Fauria for the second straight week.
5.7 -- Percentage jump in opposing third down conversions for the season for the Lions. Heading into the game against Green Bay, the Lions were allowing teams to convert third downs an NFL-best 21.3 percent of the team. Now, that number jumped to 27 percent after Green Bay hit on 7 of 16 third downs.
16 --Stafford completions to tight ends and running backs on Sunday.
9 -- His completed passes to all of his wide receivers.
14 -- Tackles for DeAndre Levy on Sunday, a career-high.
15.4 -- Target percentage per routes run for wide receiver Ryan Broyles, who had been mentioned as a replacement for the injured Nate Burleson. Broyles caught every pass thrown his way Sunday. He is one of five Lions that has not been charged with a drop this season, along with Patrick Edwards, Theo Riddick, Joseph Fauria and Kevin Ogletree.
7 -- Targets for tight end Tony Scheffler, the most potential action he's seen since the final game of last season. Also more targets than he saw in the Lions' first four games combined.