STATS PACK: Lions run defense will be tested in Philadelphia

Posted Dec 3, 2013

Philadelphia enters Sunday as the second-ranked rushing offense in the NFL averaging 146.8 yards per game

Since mid-October, the Lions defense has been off the charts good against the run.

Since Week 7, Detroit has held opponents to 243 rushing yards (40.5 per game), which ranks No. 1 in the NFL over that span. They also rank No. 1 in yards per attempt (1.9) and rushing touchdowns allowed (0).

Green Bay gained just 24 yards on the ground in a Thanksgiving Day loss to the Lions after entering the game as the NFL’s fifth-ranked rushing unit (139.9). The longest run in the game for Green Bay was four yards by running Eric Lacy and quarterback Matt Flynn.

Detroit is the first team since 1933 to hold opponents to 62 yards or less and 0 rushing touchdowns in six-straight games.

Amazingly, the Lions have not yielded a rushing touchdown in 34 quarters dating back to a 53-yard run by Chicago’s Matt Forte in the second quarter of the Lions 40-32 win Sept. 29.

All those streaks will be severely tested this week in Philadelphia, however, against an Eagles team that enters the contest as the No. 2 rushing team in the NFL (146.8 yards per game).

Eagles running back LeSean McCoy was the first running back to 1,000 yards this season and has 1,088 on the year, which only trails Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson (1,208).

The Eagles are 7-2 on the year when they rush for at least 105 yards. Conversely, they’re 0-3 when they’ve failed to reach that mark.

Here's a look at some other key stats after 13 weeks of football:


Offense: 2nd overall (16 rush, 2 pass) – 4th in points scored

Defense: 15th overall (3 rush, 26 pass) – 18th in points allowed


Offense: 3rd overall (2 rush, 9 pass) – 8th in points scored

Defense: 31st overall (19 rush, 32 pass) – 16th in points allowed

  • The Lions defense has only given up 10 rushing first downs over the last six games.
  • Detroit improved from 22nd in rushing to 16th after 241 yards on Thanksgiving vs. Green Bay. Reggie Bush (117), Joique Bell (94), Jeremy Ross (24) and Matthew Stafford (8).
  • Detroit is a minus-eight in the turnover ratio. Philadelphia, on the other hand, ranks in the top eight in the NFL with a plus-seven.
  • Eagles quarterback Nick Foles leads the league with a 125.2 passer rating. He’s thrown 19 touchdowns and 0 interceptions on the year and can tie an NFL record Sunday by throwing 20 touchdowns to start a season without an interception.
  • The Lions continue to lead the NFL in goal-to-go touchdown percentage at 83 percent.
  • Lions running back Reggie Bush is seventh in the NFL with 854 rushing yards. It’s the most rushing yards for a Lions running back since Kevin Smith finished the 2008 season with 976 yards.
  • Receiver Calvin Johnson is averaging 18.0 yards per catch (72 catches for 1,299). Only Cleveland’s Josh Gordon has a higher average per catch (19.5).
  • Bush and Johnson rank No. 5 and No. 6, respectively, in the NFL in total yardage. Bush has 1,302 (854 rushing, 448 receiving) and Johnson has 1,299. Johnson has 60 first downs on the year and Bush 59.