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Lions notes: Fun with stats edition

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Lions notes looks at the newest member of Detroit's practice squad, some interesting stats about the defense and much more.

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  • On Tuesday, the Detroit Lions signed cornerback Josh Victorian to their practice squad. Victorian has spent time with the Baltimore Ravens (when Teryl Austin was there), New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, Pittsburgh Steelers and Houston Texans since entering the NFL in 2011. Last year, he played in eight games for the Texans and recorded five tackles.

  • Going into Week 4, the Lions lead the NFL in total defense with an average of only 244.3 yards allowed per game. The New York Jets, which will host the Lions this week, are actually second in the NFL with an average of 268.3 yards allowed per game.

  • Through three games, the Lions are tied for second in the NFL in points allowed, and they're third against the pass and second against the run from a yardage standpoint. Only the Jets have allowed fewer rushing yards than the Lions so far this season.

  • The Lions have been very good on third down this season.
  • Guys like Darius Slay, Rashean Mathis, DeAndre Levy and Stephen Tulloch (before his injury) have played a big role in the Lions' defensive improvement this year.
  • The MMQB's Robert Klemko took an in-depth look at Levy.

  • The Green Bay Packers have had a tough time getting into the end zone against the Lions in their last few meetings.
  • Calvin Johnson and C.J. Mosley were mic'd up against the Packers.

  • Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston and Tony Siragusa will be the announcers for the Lions' game against the Jets on Sunday.