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Fun With Detroit Lions Stats

Sunday's awesome win over the Rams produced a number of interesting stats about the Lions, both for performances during the game and for the win overall. Below are the best ones I've found (mainly via the Lions media department). If you find any others, leave them in the comments.

  • As mentioned previously, Sunday's game was the Lions' first locally televised win since they beat the Chiefs, 25-20, back on Dec. 23, 2007.
  • With the Jets and Vikings still to play this week, the Lions are fifth in the NFL in points scored and lead the entire NFC in the scoring department. (On the flip side, the Lions have given up the sixth-most points in the NFL and the second-most in the NFC.)
  • Some really interesting numbers about the victory formation (i.e. kneel down) via Mike O'Hara: Detroit hadn't been able to take a knee at the end of a game to seal a victory in 44 straight tries. That drought lasted 1,070 days (two years, 11 months, six days, three minutes), dating back to the Broncos game mentioned below.
  • The 44 points the Lions scored was the highest offensive output since Nov. 4, 2007, when they beat the Broncos, 44-7.
  • Sunday's 44-6 win was the Lions' largest margin of victory since they beat Jacksonville, 44-0, back in December 1995.
  • Defensively, Sunday was the first time the Lions didn't give up a touchdown since the 2006 season opener (a 9-6 loss to Seattle). Also, they gave up the fewest amount of points since beating Green Bay by a score of 17-3 back in the first week of 2005.
  • Stefan Logan's 105-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, which ties the record for the longest return in Lions history (Terry Fair took a kick back 105 yards for a touchdown against Tampa Bay back in 1998), was the first kick return touchdown for Detroit since the epic Bears game in 2007 (the one where Detroit scored 34 points in the fourth quarter and won, 37-27). Casey FitzSimmons returned an onside for a touchdown in that game, which was also the last time when the Lions offense, defense and special teams all scored in the same game.
  • Shaun Hill has an 8-2 record as a starter at home and is now 4-0 against the Rams during his career.
  • Alphonso Smith has had an interception in three straight games, which hadn't been done since Dre Bly picked off a pass in four straight games back in 2005. As a team, the Lions have picked off at least two passes in three straight games, which also hadn't been done since that same stretch in 2005.

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