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STATS PACK: Stafford's numbers in the month of November

Posted Nov 26, 2013

Matthew Stafford has historically struggled in the month of November throughout his five-year career

There’s something about the month of November that doesn’t sit too well with Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford.

Matthew StaffordQB Matthew Stafford (Photo: G.Smith/Detroit Lions)
For some odd reason, Stafford has historically played his worst football through his first five seasons in the month of November.

Of his 66 career interceptions, Stafford has thrown nearly half (30) in the month of November. His 73.3 career passer rating in the month is a whole 14 points lower than any other month.

Stafford has an 87.3 rating in September (14 interceptions), 89.8 rating in October (10) and an 88.5 passer rating in the month of December (12).

So far this November, Stafford is 63-of-127 passing for 878 yards with eight touchdowns and six interceptions. That’s good for a passer rating of 73.5, which stays true to his career average in the month.

The Lions are 1-2 in November this year.

"I keep firing it. I definitely understand situations in the game and try to play as smart as I possibly can," Stafford said Monday. "I can make better decisions, I can make better throws, but at the same time, I’m doing my team and myself a disservice if I throw one that gets tips and falls in another’s guy arms or we make bad decisions and I go into a shell.

"This offense is built around making plays and I’m a big part of that, so I have to make sure that no matter what’s happened the play before, if I threw a touchdown or I threw a pick, I’m throwing it again just as confident the next time."

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

LIONS

Offense: 6th overall (22 rush, 3 pass) – 7th in points scored

Defense: 20th overall (18 rush, 19 pass) – 18th in points allowed

PACKERS

Offense: 2nd overall (6 rush, 5 pass) – 8th in points scored

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

  • The Lions were plus-five in the turnover ratio heading into the Dallas game Oct. 27 (10 INT, 3 FR; 4 INT, 4 FL). Four weeks later, they are currently minus-7 (11 INT, 3 FR; 12 INT, 9 FL) for a difference of minus-12, the Lions have gone 2-2 over that span, including a come-from-behind win over Dallas.
  • The Packers are last in the NFL in kick return with an average start position at their own 19.6-yard line. They also rank last in kickoffs with opponents’ averaging starting field position at the 25.8-yard line.
  • The Packers have also really struggled this year in red zone offense. Green Bay is scoring a touchdown only 45.2 percent of the time they get inside an opponents 20-yard line.  That ranks 29th in the NFL. Conversely, Detroit ranks fifth in the league, scoring a touchdown 63.4 percent of the time. Denver leads the NFL at 78.7 percent.
  • On the other side of the football, Detroit’s defense is allowing a touchdown just 40 percent of the time opponents reach the red zone. Only Baltimore (31.0), Carolina (34.6) and Seattle (38.5) are better.
  • The Lions are tied with the New Orleans Saints for the NFC lead in first downs with 252.
  • Part of the problem for the Lions on defense is they haven’t been very good on first down. Detroit is allowing an average of 6.35 yards per play on first down. That's given opponents short second- and third-down situations to take shots down the field.
  • The Lions have two of the top six players in the NFC in total yards from scrimmage. Calvin Johnson (1,198) and Reggie Bush (1,120)