LIONS INSIDER

STATS PACK: Lions No. 1 among NFL offenses in sacks per pass play

Posted Sep 25, 2013

Detroit's three new starters along the offensive line defying naysayers as the group currently leads the league in protecting the quarterback

The Chicago Bears and the Detroit Lions are the top two teams in the NFC North and will meet Sunday in Detroit with first place in the division on the line.

For the past eight seasons, whenever the Lions have faced the Bears, they've had to prepare for the return talents of Devin Hester.

This year is no different.

The Bears are the top team in the NFL through the first three weeks with their drives starting at the 28.9-yard line. Hester is averaging an NFL-best 38.3 yards per kickoff return.

"They are playing at a very high level," Lions special teams coordinator John Bonamego said. "Hester looks like he's regained his form. He's as dangerous as ever. We'll have to be hitting on all cylinders this week to keep him contained.

"I was hoping the Bears were going to trade him."

The Lions rank 15th in kickoff coverage this year.

On the flip side, the Lions rank last in the NFL in average starting field position (18.9-yard line) when they've received a kickoff.

Here's a look at some other key stats – good and bad – after two weeks of football:

LIONS:

Offense: 4th overall (26 rush, 2 pass) -- 6th in points scored

Defense: 18th overall (15 rush, 18 pass) -- 16th points allowed

BEARS:

Offense: 22nd overall (17 rush, 21 pass) -- 3rd in points scored

Defense: 25th overall (8 rush, 24 pass) -- 19th in points allowed

  • The Lions offense ranks No. 1 in the NFL in sacks per pass attempt. Quarterback Matthew Stafford has been sacked just twice in 121 attempts. What's more, only one of those sacks can be attributed to the offensive line (Week 1 vs. Minnesota) and that was more of a coverage sack.
  • The defense ranks No. 1 in the NFL in third-down efficiency at 25.6 percent.
  • Since 2012, the Bears defense has 12 defensive touchdowns (10 interceptions, two fumble recoveries), most in the NFL.
  • Ndamukong Suh has the most quarterback disruptions in the NFL (21), according to ProFootballFocus.com
  • DeAndre Levy is second in the NFL with two interceptions. As a team, the Lions rank fourth in the NFL in interceptions per pass play.
  • Since joining Chicago in 2009, quarterback Jay Cutler is 7-1 vs. Detroit, completing 155 of 244 (63.5 pct.) for 1,802 yards with 12 touchdowns and one interception for a 100.5 rating.
  • The Lions are tied for sixth in turnover ratio ( 3). The Bears rank No. 2 ( 6).
  • Running back Joique Bell and receiver Calvin Johnson are tied for third in the NFL with four other players in scoring (non-kickers) with 18pts.
  • Bell is tied for 10th with 15 first downs and leads all NFL running backs with 177 receiving yards.
  • Ziggy Ansah leads all rookies with 2.5 sacks in three games.