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Lions Notes: Fun With Stats Edition

  • As pointed out by lionsman81, the Lions defense has surrendered only one touchdown in the last 13 quarters of regular season play (going back to last season). The offense has actually had two interceptions returned for touchdowns in the last 13 quarters, meaning the defense has given up fewer TDs than the offense in that span of time. That's pretty remarkable.
  • The Lions currently have the highest point differential in the NFL. They have scored 75 points this season (second most in the NFL) and have given up 23 points (second fewest), which is good for a +52 differential. The Bills and Texans are tied for second with a +37 differential. (Via hb.koolaid)
  • The Lions are the only team in the NFL to have not given up a sack yet. On the flip side, the Chicago Bears have surrendered the most sacks so far this season by giving up 11 in their first two games.
  • Dating back to last season, the Lions have won six straight games. You have to go back to 1995 for the last time they had a streak that long. That year they won seven straight games to finish the season.
  • If you count this year's preseason, the Lions have won 10 straight games.
  • The last time the Lions started a season 2-0 was in 2007. The last time they started 3-0? You have to go all the way back to 1980 when they opened with a 4-0 record.
  • By playing on Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs, Jason Hanson set the NFL record for most games (297) with one team. He also became the seventh player in NFL history to score 1,900 career points, and he tied Morten Andersen, Jason Elam and John Kasay for the most seasons (17) with a 50-yard field goal.
  • The Lions and Titans are the only two teams that haven't had a kick return yet this season. Poor Stefan Logan.
  • Sunday's 45-point victory was the biggest regular season win in Lions history. The only other time they have beaten a team by 45 points was in the 1957 NFL Championship when they downed the Browns by a score of 59-14.
  • Kid Rock and Bob Seger were in the Lions locker room after the game on Sunday, and Seger got a game ball autographed by Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham, according to Justin Rogers.
  • On Sunday, Calvin Johnson moved into second place on the Lions' all-time list for touchdown receptions.
  • Matthew Stafford's 112.0 quarterback rating is the fourth highest in the NFL behind Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees. It's pretty good to be mentioned in the same breath as that elite group of QBs.
  • Quick injury update from Sunday: Jeff Backus had some of his fingers "heavily taped" after the game and Brandon Pettigrew did injure his shoulder. Pettigrew returned after suffering the injury.
  • The Lions play the Cowboys in two weeks, and right now Dallas is dealing with a number of injuries. Running back Felix Jones has a separated shoulder; wide receiver Miles Austin pulled his hamstring; and quarterback Tony Romo cracked a rib on Sunday. Romo managed to return to lead the Cowboys to a victory, but he is certainly banged up.
  • The Lions honored Tom Kowalski at Sunday's game by having a moment of silence and by placing his credential at his seat in the press box.
  • Matthew Stafford and his girlfriend came home to a flooded house after Sunday's game.
  • SI's Peter King has the Lions ranked fifth in his "fine fifteen."