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STATS PACK: Where do the Lions rank after Week 5?

Posted Oct 8, 2013

The number of games missed are stacking up at the receiver position and it's starting to suffer because of it

It didn't take a football expert to see how much the Lions offense struggled without All Pro receiver Calvin Johnson Sunday in Green Bay.

The Packers didn't fear the big play in the passing game and focused a lot of their attention on stopping running back Reggie Bush.

Patrick EdwardsWR Patrick Edwards missed two games with an ankle injury. (Photo: G. Smith/Detroit Lions)

Take into account the Lions were also without No. 2 receiver Nate Burleson because of a broken forearm and it's easy to see why the Lions struggled.

Kris Durham, Patrick Edwards and Ryan Broyles are complimentary pieces with defined roles, but are now being asked to do more. In Green Bay, Sunday, the unit as a whole struggled.

The Lions top five receivers this year – Joique Bell, Johnson, Burleson, Brandon Pettigrew and Bush – have missed a combined 4.5 games because of injury.

Just looking at the receiver position by itself, that group has missed a combined 7.5 games.

The Lions offense continues to rank among the league best, despite their availability issues early on. They're 10th in scoring and ninth in total yards, but they need to get healthy in a hurry and that starts with Johnson.

Here's a look at some other key stats – good and bad – after four weeks of football:

LIONS:

Offense: 9th overall (22 rush, 6 pass) -- 10th in points scored

Defense: 24th overall (26 rush, 20 pass) -- 18th points allowed

BROWNS:

Offense: 27th overall (24 rush, 17 pass) -- 21st in points scored

Defense: 4th overall (8 rush, 7 pass) -- 9th in points allowed

  • The Lions defense ranks third in the NFL in red zone defense, allowing a touchdown just 33.3 percent of the time (5 of 15).
  • Ziggy Ansah continues to lead all NFL rookies in sacks after recording another in Green Bay over the weekend to bring his total to 3.5. Cleveland's Barkevious Mingo is second among rookies with 3.0.
  • When the Lions defense decides to blitz, the opponents' passer rating is 58.81. That's second best in the NFL. The league average is 85.98.
  • Opponents are converting on 3rd-and-6-plus just 9.7 percent of the time this season. That's the best mark in the NFL.
  • Detroit has yet to score on an opening possession.
  • The Lions rank last in the NFL in kickoff returns. The average starting field position for the Lions after kickoffs is the 19.1-yard line.
  • Micheal Spurlock's 57-yard punt return vs. Chicago is the longest punt return in the NFC.
  • Punter Sam Martin has the longest punt in the NFC at 72 yards vs. Washington. He's currently No. 2 in punting average (49.5).
  • Matthew Stafford's passer rating in the fourth quarter is 116.7, which ranks fourth in the NFL behind Peyton Manning (149.0), Jay Cutler (121.4) and Brian Hoyer (117.3).
  • Stafford ranks 10th in third-down passing with a rating is 94.2.
  • Despite missing Sunday's game in Green Bay, Calvin Johnson still ranks in the top 10 in the NFL in scoring for non-kickers with four touchdowns and 24 points.
  • Reggie Bush's 502 yards from scrimmage through five games is the 11th most in the NFL. Philadelphia's LeSean McCoy leads the league with 700. Bush has also missed six quarters of football due to injury.
  • The Lions continue to be among the NFL leaders in dropped passes. They are dropping 11.3 percent according to Stats, LLC. The league average is 7.3.
  • The Lions increased their yards after catch total to 890 following the Packers game. That's No. 2 in the NFL behind the Broncos (983). The league average is 596.
  • The Lions have 22 negative rushing plays for -55 yards in five games. That's tied for the fifth most in the NFL. The league average is 16.
  • The punt coverage team has yet to give up a punt return of 20 yards this season.