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STATS PACK: Lions defense allows just 38 rushing yards at Chicago

Posted Nov 12, 2013

Detroit's 38 yards allowed in the run game was the lowest total since 2005

Stephen TullochThe Lions allowed just 38 rushing yards at Chicago on Sunday. (Photo: G. Smith/Detroit Lions)

The Lions defense allowed just 38 rushing yards on 20 attempts (1.9 average) by the Chicago Bears on Sunday.

It marked the first time since 2005 the Lions allowed no more than 38 rushing yards in a game (38 yards vs. Arizona in 2005), and it was the first time since 1998 Detroit allowed no more than 38 rushing yards on 20-plus attempts in a game.

It was the second-lowest total allowed by any team this year with an opponent recording 20-plus attempts.

The defense didn't allow a rush longer than seven yards, which hasn't happened since December 24, 2005 against New Orleans (played in San Antonio).

All that help move Detroit to eighth in the NFL in rush defense (100.7 per game). They have allowed just five rushing first downs over the last three games.

The Lions were ranked 29th in NFL (124.8) against the run heading into the Cincinnati game Oct. 20. They've jumped 21 spots in three games.

That's solid improvement.

Here's a look at some other key stats after nine weeks of football:

LIONS:

Offense: 6th overall (21 rush, 3 pass) – 7th in points scored

Defense: 24th overall (8 rush, 27 pass) – 18th in points allowed

STEELERS:

Offense: 15th overall (27 rush, 11 pass) – 25th in points scored

Defense: 11th overall (29 rush, 4 pass) – 19th in points allowed

  • Four of the teams who currently own at least a share of first place in their respective divisions finished in last place or tied for last in 2012 – Detroit (6-3, NFC North), Kansas City (9-0, AFC West), New Orleans (7-2, NFC South) and Philadelphia (5-5, NFC East).
  • Pittsburgh is minus-11 in turnover differential this year. It's the second-worst total in the NFL (New York Giants minus-13)
  • The Lions defense has allowed just 10 touchdowns in the red zone in 24 possessions. That's a percentage of 41.7. Only Kansas City (23.1), Baltimore (33.3) and Carolina (36.8) have a lower percentage.
  • Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is one of only three quarterbacks to have thrown for at least 400 yards twice this year. Denver's Peyton Manning (three times) and San Diego's Philip Rivers (three times) are the other two.
  • That interception in the fourth quarter in Chicago last week was the first of the season in the final quarter for quarterback Matthew Stafford. He has seven touchdowns in the final quarter and a rating of 112.8.
  • By comparison, Roethlisberger has four touchdowns and five interceptions and a passer rating of 72.9 in the fourth quarter.
  • Detroit running back Reggie Bush ranks ninth in the NFL in rushing yards with 623. He's sixth in total yards with 966.
  • Steelers receiver Antonio Brown leads the NFL with 67 receptions. He has 805 yards (12.0) average and three touchdowns. Brown is especially good on third down. He's second in the AFC with 18 third-down catches.
  • Lions receiver Calvin Johnson has 53 receptions on the year, but is second in yards (904) and leads the NFL with a 17.1 average per reception. His nine touchdowns are tied for the second-most in the league behind Jimmy Graham (10) and Adrian Peterson (10).
  • Linebacker DeAndre Levy is tied for the NFL lead with five interceptions and becomes the fifth Lions linebacker in team history to record five interceptions in a season and the first since Jimmy Williams in 1989. He joined Hall of Famer Alex Wojciechowicz (1944), Joe Schmidt (1958), Mike Lucci (1966, 1971) and Williams as the only linebackers to record five picks in a season.