STATS PACK: Stafford, Johnson remain on record-setting pace

Posted Nov 19, 2013

Quarterback Matthew Stafford and receiver Calvin Johnson are well on their way to having career seasons

Lions fans have gotten used to quarterback Matthew Stafford and receiver Calvin Johnson putting up gaudy numbers.

Calvin Johnson and Matthew StaffordWR Calvin Johnson and QB Matthew Stafford (Photo: AP Images)

They are still waiting for those huge numbers to produce playoff victories, however, which is the real goal in all of this.

But when it comes to the numbers, Stafford and Johnson are on record-setting paces.

Johnson has set a franchise record for 1,000-yard seasons with five after his 179 yards in Pittsburgh put him at 1,083 for the season. His two touchdowns give him 11 on the year.

With six games remaining, Johnson is on pace for 1,924 yards and 20 touchdowns.

The yards would be second most in a single season behind Johnson’s own record of 1,964 from last year. The 20 touchdowns would be the third most behind Randy Moss (23) and Jerry Rice (22) and only the second time a player has reached 20 in one season.

Oh yeah, and Johnson missed the Green Bay game and was limited the following week against Cleveland.

Stafford is on pace for 5,117 and 34 touchdowns. The yards would be the most of his career (fourth-most all-time) and the touchdowns the second-most behind the 41 he threw in 2011.

The one concerning stat surrounding Stafford the last couple weeks, though, has been his declining play in the fourth quarter.

After leading a 80-yard touchdown drive in the final 62 seconds against Dallas on Oct. 27, Stafford’s fourth-quarter passer rating climbed over 120.0 and only trailed Peyton Manning at the time.

Over the last two games against Chicago and Pittsburgh, however, his rating has dropped to 112.8 and now 99.4 after a bad fourth quarter in Pittsburgh. The Lions are 1-1 in those games.

Here's a look at some other key stats after 11 weeks of football:


Offense: 4th overall (21 rush, 3 pass) – 6th in points scored

Defense: 25th overall (5 rush, 30 pass) – 22nd in points allowed


Offense: 28th overall (13 rush, 30 pass) – 28th in points scored

Defense: 15th overall (9 rush, 18 pass) – 16th in points allowed

  • The Lions are one of only two teams in the NFL through Week 11 with a quarterback, running back and wide receiver in the Top-10 of their respective yards categories.
  • Stafford ranks third in passing yards (3,198), running back Reggie Bush ranks 10th in rushing yards (654) and Johnson leads all wide receivers with 1,083 receiving yards.
  • Tampa Bay receiver Vincent Jackson leads the NFC with 22 third-down receptions. Jackson has 329 receiving yards on third down (15.0 average) with a touchdown.
  • The defense has yielded no more than 62 yards rushing by opponents in each of the past four games against Cincinnati (57), Dallas (62), Chicago (38) and Pittsburgh (40). It’s the first time since at least 1950 (according to Stats, LLC) the Lions have held opponents to no more than 65 rushing yards in four-straight games during a season.
  • Since Week 7, the Lions lead the NFL in opponent rushing yards allowed with 197 (49.3 per game).
  • The other side of that coin, however, has been the 30th ranked pass defense for the Lions. The defense has allowed eight 100-yard receivers over their last 10 games and is giving up 283.3 passing yards per game this season.