Here we are again, Detroit Lions fans. The final game of yet another regular season. This one is quite different, as we know. The Lions and Packers will clash this Sunday night in the NFL’s last game of the season. The NFC North division crown is on the line. The Lions are trying to capture said crown for the first time since 1993. As well as potentially clinch a playoff berth if the Redskins don’t do it for the Lions.
We went through all the fun history between these two teams when they played earlier in the season. Now the second time around is all about the readers and their wacky questions. Let’s waste no more time and jump right into it.
This is an interesting question that I blew off for a second, if I can be honest. I then found myself coming back to it over and over again. So I went and found the answer. Since 2000, the Lions have racked up 15,323 penalty yards. The Packers, on the other hand, have only racked up 13,899. That’s a 1,424 yard different for all you math whizzes.
Not so great. The Lions are 33-53 when it comes to the final game of the regular season. Hopefully they buck that trend this Sunday, but wait... there’s more. Take it away, Joe.
The Lions have faced the Packers in the season finale 14 times. They are currently 6-8 in those games. To answer your question Joe, the last time the Lions beat the Packers in Week 17 was 1994. The Lions won 30-20. Then six days later, the Packers eliminated the Lions from the playoffs. But wait... there’s more. Where you at Kyle?
Here’s an interesting one. The Lions haven’t hosted the Packers after Week 15 since 1996. Jeez. Other than that, they have hosted the Packers after Week 15 six times. They are 4-2 in those games. Here’s the other interesting part: The last time the Lions beat the Packers at home in Week 17? 1993. The last time they won a division title.
@POD_Payton How many passing yards have Lions QBs combined for since the last time they won the division— Redruckus81 (@Redruckus81) December 30, 2016
Last week, Ruckas wanted to know how many MPH Riley Reiff was traveling before Matthew Stafford’s sneak against Dallas in 2013. I don’t know the answer to that, but I do know the answer to this. The Lions have thrown for 82,476 yards since the last time they won the division. That’s split up over 16 quarterbacks. Wow.
@POD_Payton What kind of cheese are those dumb hats patterned afyer?— George Schwab (@CpkGeo) December 30, 2016
It’s Wisconsin Cheddar.
@Ryan_POD Do you know the records of teams with less rest than their opponent?— Lions 10-6 (@Joebooo3) December 26, 2016
This one is from a few days ago. I said I would find it, and I didn’t forget. I did, however, slightly cheat. I have the Lions’ record in short weeks since 2010. It’s not good. The Lions are 5-8 in games on a short week since 2010. Most of these games are Thanksgiving or the week after a Monday night game. Actually, that’s what all of them are.
I’d say about 0.25...0.4. Which according to Tribolgy, is the static dry friction between metal and plastic. But I don’t think this lasts long. I think they form a band and tour the countryside. They’ll have a minor hit on the adult contemporary billboard charts. But nothing I’d call a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame career. Their band will be called RothWell, and the debut album will be called “Check the Record.” Be on the lookout for that at all your local Sam Goody’s.
Well that’s gonna do it for Week 17. I sincerely hope this isn’t the last Random Stats for a while. Hopefully I’ll be back with you next week with a playoff version. Be sure to leave your comments below. Thanks for all the questions.