STATS PACK: Where do the Lions stand after Week 2?

Posted Sep 17, 2013

Penalties aren't always a good indicator of wins and losses

Penalties have been a hot-button topic regarding the Lions the last couple days after they recorded eight penalties for 101 yards in a loss to Arizona.

The team had 11 penalties for 88 yards in a Week 1 win over the Vikings.

That’s 19 penalties in two games, which head coach Jim Schwartz admitted was too many in his Monday press conference.

But let’s not go too overboard when correlating penalties to wins and losses.

"It’s certainly too many for us, but we’re two games into the season, there’s probably a dozen teams in the NFL that are probably saying the same thing," Schwartz said.

"I haven’t checked the stats of where we fall in the league in penalties, but there are some really good teams that get penalized an awful lot that win an awful lot of games."

The top three penalized teams through Week 2 are: San Francisco (23), Tampa Bay (23) and Denver (21). Detroit and Seattle are tied for fourth with 19. Combined, the five teams are 6-4. Tampa Bay is the only team without a win, which kind of skews the record.

"Last year, our penalties decreased significantly and we won four games," Schwartz pointed out. "The year before, we had a lot of penalties, we went 10-6.

"Again, I don’t want to make it sound like you’re trying to get penalties, because we’re certainly trying to avoid them, but you don’t want to throw the baby out with the bathwater when it comes to that too. You get a penalty, you need to take steps to make sure it doesn’t happen again."

Here’s a look at some other key stats – good and bad – after two weeks of football.

The Lions rankings after Week 2:

Offense: 8th overall (22 rush, 7 pass) -- 7th in points scored

Defense: 15th overall (15 rush, 15 pass) - 20th points allowed

The Redskins rankings after Week 2:

Offense: 6th overall (19 rush, 8 pass) – 15th in points scored

Defense: 32nd overall (32 rush, 23 pass) – 31st in points allowed

  • Why is running back Reggie Bush so valuable to Lions offense? Four of his seven catches and 131 of his 145 receiving yards have come on third down.
  • Bush is tied for 10th in the NFL with 10 first downs. Running back Joique Bell has 9.
  • Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (102.0) is one of only six quarterbacks with a 100-plus quarterback rating. The others are: Peyton Manning (131.0), Aaron Rodgers (127.2), Michael Vick (119.0), Phillip Rivers (115.8) and Matt Ryan (107.9).
  • The Lions have dropped 10.4% of passes this season, worst in the league. Calvin Johnson has only one of the team's eight drops. Brandon Pettigrew, Joique Bell and Nate Burleson have been some of the other culprits.
  • The Lions are tied for eighth in turnover ratio (+2). The Redskins tied for 19th (-1). Detroit has four interceptions and one fumble recovery. Washington has three fumble recoveries.
  • Detroit’s defense is ranked first in third-down efficiency. Detroit has held opponents to 3-of-21 (14.3%) after two weeks. Next best is Kansas City 8-of-30 (26.7%).
  • Linebacker DeAndre Levy is tied with six other players for the league lead in interceptions (2).
  • Punter Sam Martin is ranked fourth in NFL in net punting average (44.1). He set a franchise record Sunday in Arizona with a 52.2 average on five punts.