Detroit Lions 2014 Final Stats, Week 2 Edition


I will admit, when I projected the Detroit Lions 2014 final stats last week, it was pretty ridiculous.  Nobody can predict how a season will play out after only one game, that’s absurd!  You have to wait until at LEAST two games in to get an idea of how the season will play out.  That way you’re multiplying stats by 8 instead of 16.  It’s much more accurate this way, and you can totally take my word this is going to be the final stats for the Lions (And the league!)


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Stafford finishes the season above 5,000 yards once again with a 3:1 TD:INT ratio.  Though his TD numbers aren’t very gaudy, this kind of success shows that the Lions were wise to stick with the young signal caller.  Stafford doesn’t end the season as the top signal caller, however.  Matt Ryan still takes the passing crown with 5,432 yards.  Nick Foles also broke the 5,000 yard mark, ending above Stafford.  Peyton Manning and Jay Cutler share the TD crown with 48 a piece, while Eli Manning once again leads the NFL in interceptions with 32, though he’s joined by Matt Cassell.


Joique Bell2006963.5120843.516840
Reggie Bush1203282.780020.5008
Matthew Stafford408028085008
Golden Tate83244002000
Theo Riddick163224002000

The Lions aren’t ever able to pick up much of a rushing game and they only just crack 1,100 yards as a team.  Joique Bell leads the way with 8 rushing TDs, but lost just as many fumbles making it a pretty rough season.  The Detroit Lions end the season without a single run of 20+ yards, pretty embarrassing for a team that claimed to have one of the best RB tandems in the NFL.

The good news here is that the Lions defense remains one of the best in the league, allowing less than 1,000 yards to their opponents at only 2.0 YPC.  DeMarco Murray takes the rushing crown from Knowshon Moreno with a vengeance, finishing with a record 2,280 yards on the ground and 16 TDs to boot.


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Golden Tate88112120013.604416758028048
Joique Bell56965289.4019033006432
Reggie Bush64724406.9024827.50036816
Joseph Fauria16323682302616230016816
Eric Ebron245630412.701701900024
Jeremy Ross162418411.5014011.500016
Brandon Pettigrew8167290904.500328
Jed Collins1616241.58201.50008

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No surprise that Calvin still ends up the Lions receiving leader, but this kind of record-breaking season is completely unprecedented.  Golden Tate still never reaches the end zone, but he ends up with a respectable 1,200 yards.  Rookie tight end Eric Ebron ends with pretty standard rookie numbers for a TE, while Jed Collins finishes with an amazing (For a FB) 8 TDs.

If the receiving numbers weren’t impressive enough, the Lions keep their opponents to only 3,552 yards and 16 TDs with 16 interceptions.  Who would have thought the defense was that strong against the pass?  Johnson doesn’t hold the record this season, however, as division rival Jordy Nelson ends the season with 2,336 yards.  He doesn’t come close to Calvin’s 19 YPC however!  Julius Thomas and Brandon Marshall wow the world by finishing with an amazing 32 TDs a piece.


Stephen Tulloch144816000
DeAndre Levy13603288104
Isa Abdul-Quddus10400800
Glover Quin7200168144
Darius Slay56002400
Rashean Mathis48001600
Ndamukong Suh48016000
Ezekiel Ansah40816000
George Johnson32120000
Nick Fairley3208000
Tahir Whitehead3200000
Devin Taylor3208000
C.J. Mosley24160000
Cassius Vaughn1600000
Travis Lewis1600000
Jerome Couplin1600000
Jason Jones840000
Jed Collins800000
Larry Warford800000
Theo Riddick800000
Travis Swanson800000
Nevin Lawson800000

Who would have thought that CJ Mosley of all people would lead the Lions in sacks?  Or how about DeAndre Levy with 32 TFLs?  Tulloch having the same amount of sacks as Ziggy Ansah at 8?  What a crazy season from the defense.  No record setters in the bunch, however, as it is Washington’s Ryan Kerrigan who leads the league with 32.0 sacks.

A five-way tie for new INT record amazes NFL crowds, even more amazing that two of them (Chris Conte and Kyle Fuller) are Chicago Bears.  Atlanta LB Paul Worrilow blows the tackle crown out of the water by finishing with 232, almost 40 more than the next highest tackler!

I love statistics.  However, as Andrew Lang once said, “He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp posts—for support rather than illumination.”  Don’t be the drunk guy.  Projecting stats can be a fun exercise, but if you think the Detroit Lions 2014 final stats, or any team’s final stats for that matter, can be figured out by some magical (Or ridiculously simple) formula, you need to put the Kool-Aid down.

The Lions are expecting big things out of their team, but that doesn’t mean it has to show up on the stat sheet.  All that matters is what shows up in that win column at the end of the season, so let’s see if the Lions can keep the good numbers going without raising any of the bad ones!