STATS PACK: Turnovers remain the biggest issue for Lions

Posted Dec 18, 2013

The Detroit Lions are minus-13 on the turnover differential this year, only three teams are worse

There isn’t any statistic more telling as to why the Lions (7-7) are currently outside of the playoff picture looking in than turnovers.

Detroit committed three more in Monday night’s 18-16 loss to Baltimore, bringing their season total to 31 (17 interceptions and 14 fumbles).

The defense hasn’t been creating a whole lot, either (18), and there lies the problem for Detroit.

The Lions have a minus-13 turnover ratio this season. Only the New York Jets (-19), New York Giants (-17) and Houston Texans (-15) have a worse ratio.

Matthew Stafford is responsible for 21 (17 interceptions, 4 fumbles), but he’s gotten plenty of help along the way. Seven other players have lost a fumble this year. Only Denver has lost more (16).

The Lions are extremely talented, but they continue to give too many games away, literally.

Here's a look at some other key stats after Week 15:


Offense: 3rd overall (18 rush, 3 pass) – 8th in points scored

Defense: 17th overall (4 rush, 21 pass) – 17th in points allowed


Offense: 28th overall (28 rush, 19 pass) – 30th in points scored

Defense: 10th overall (12 rush, 11 pass) – 13th in points allowed

  • With three stops on Monday night, the Lions defense now ranks No. 1 in the red zone. They’re allowing a touchdown just 36.8 percent of the time (14-of-38).
  • Stafford is currently 13th in the NFC with a 85.8 passer rating. He’s 19th in the NFL in fourth-quarter passing rating (86.9).
  • Reggie Bush needs just 60 rushing yards over his next two games to become the first 1,000-yard rusher for the Lions since Kevin Jones in 2004.
  • The Lions rank No. 2 in the NFL in third-and-1 conversions this year at 75 percent.
  • Detroit has the second-most 20-plus-yard plays over their last eight games with 43. The league average is 31. The Lions have a 3-5 record over that span, however.
  • Lions coverage units have allowed just one punt return of 20-plus yards this season. Opponents are averaging just 5.8 per return (ranks third)
  • Opponents have scored 171 yards outside the red zone on the Lions defense this year, the most in the NFL. The league average is 91.