The only real statistic that matters when it comes to the Detroit Lions’ 2013 season is 7-9 -- their final record. The reason Detroit isn't getting ready to host a playoff game this weekend is because they couldn’t figure out a way to close out the deal after starting 6-3.
There are a few positives to take from a disappointing season. The production of the run game and the rookie class are a couple, but the biggest positive might be the play of the offensive line.
The unit entered the year with a three new starters and a lot of questions marks but ended up being one of the best groups in the NFL.
They finished the year second in the STATS, LLC protection index, which is a formula that measures pass protection by using metrics like length of passes, penalties by offensive lineman, sacks allowed and quarterback hurries and knockdowns. It comes up with a rating scale from 1 to 100.
The Lions finished the year with a 79.3 index. Only Denver was higher (89.1).
Detroit also gave up the second-fewest sacks (23) in the NFL and the line helped pave the way for the team’s first 1,000-yard rusher in
Here’s a look at some other key stats from the 2013 season.
Offense: 6th overall (14 rush, 3 pass) – 13th in points scored
Defense: 16th overall (6 rush, 23 pass) – 15th in points allowe
- The 15 fumbles lost by the Lions this year were tied for the fourth-most in the NFL. Their 34 total giveaways tied for third-most.
- Reggie Bush was one of only 13 running backs to finish with 1,000 yards rushing. He finished eighth overall in total yards from scrimmage with 1,512
- When the Lions rushed for at least 112 yards in a game this year they were 6-2.
- Lions receivers finished with the highest dropped pass percentage in the NFL at 11.2 percent. The league average was 6.8 percent.
- Detroit finished with the third-most yards after catch with 2,232 on the year.
Calvin Johnsonfinished third with 1,492 yards despite missing two games. Cleveland Josh Gordon (1,646) led the league and Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown (1,499) was second.
- The Lions finished first in the NFL on third-down defense. Opponents converted just 30.3 percent of the time. They also finished first in goal-to-go touchdown efficiency at 45.5 percent. The league average was 69.4 percent.
- Detroit was 1-6 when they recorded one or zero sacks on the year. They were 6-3 when they had at least two.
Sam Martinfinished his rookie season sixth in average (47.2) and 10th in net average (40.4). Both marks led all rookies.
- The Lions gave up five runs of 50-plus yards this year, which were most in the NFL. As a result, opponents scored 187 points outside of the red zone, which was also the most of all 32 teams.
- Detroit’s coverage units allowed just two points of 20-plus yards this year. That was the fifth-fewest in the league.
Matthew Stafford’s 84.2-passer rating ranked him 19th in the league. He ranked fourth in attempts (634), seventh in completions (371), 30th in completion percentage (58.5), third in yards (4,650) and sixth in touchdowns (29).
DeAndre Levyfinished second tied for second for the league lead in interceptions (6). Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman had eight.