By the numbers: Week 1

Week 1 of the NFL is in the books, and the Lions now shift their focus to Sunday’s home opener against the Los Angeles Chargers after playing to a 27-27 tie Week 1 in Arizona.

Here’s a look at some key numbers, good and bad, from the Lions’ Week 1 performance:

131: Receiving yards for Lions tight end T.J. Hockenson Sunday in Arizona. It broke the NFL record for tight ends in their NFL debut, and also puts Hockenson No. 1 after one week among tight ends for receiving yards. New York’s Evan Engram is second (116) and Baltimore’s Mark Andrews is third (108).

24: Detroit’s newest cornerbacks, veterans Justin Coleman and Rashaan Melvin were targeted a lot Sunday by Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray. Murray threw at Coleman 13 times, with Coleman allowing seven catches for 39 yards (3.0 average) with one touchdown. That’s an 85.1 passer rating when throwing at Coleman. Murray targeted Melvin 11 times, and completed four of those for 44 yards for a rating of 49.1. All and all, not a bad showing for Detroit’s newest cornerbacks.

64.8: Detroit ranks last in the NFL in Pro Football Focus’ pass block efficiency grade after the first week. Detroit allowed three sacks, five quarterback hits and 14 hurries for 22 total pressures, which are more than any other team in the league after a week of football.

11: Detroit defended 11 passes Sunday, the most in a single game since 2000. Four players had at least two passes defended for the Lions.

3.0: Sacks for linebacker Devon Kennard, all in the first half vs. Arizona Sunday. Kennard finds himself atop the NFL in total sacks after Week 1. Tennessee’s Cameron Wake is second with 2.5.

5th: The Lions rank fifth in total offense (477.0 yards per game) after the first week of the season.

17th: Detroit doesn’t rank better than 17th in any major statistical category on defense after the first week of play.

138: Quarterback Matthew Stafford was 5-of-11 passing for 138 yards with two touchdowns on passes traveling more than 20 yards in the air. Only Dak Prescott threw for more yards (155) on such passes in Week 1. Stafford had a 131.6 passer rating on those throws.

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