Behind the numbers of the Lions’ 30-17 win at Green Bay

Stafford was at his best

One last look behind the numbers for the Lions’ 30-17 impressive win over the Packers at Green Bay on Monday night.

— On the opening offensive drive of the game, Matthew Stafford connected with WR Marvin Jones, Jr. on a 25-yard touchdown that marked Stafford’s 200th career touchdown pass. By reaching 200 career pass TDs in his 117th game, Stafford accomplished this feat in the SIXTH-FEWEST games in NFL history, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

— On the touchdown to Jones Jr., Stafford became just the fourth player under 30 years old in NFL history to reach 200 career touchdowns. He’s in good company with Hall of Fame QB Dan Marino (245), QB Peyton Manning (244) and Hall of Fame QB Brett Favre (218) as the only passers to accomplish this before turning 30, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

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— Stafford earned the top mark for an NFL quarterback for the week at 88.4, according to Pro Football Focus. His pinpoint passing led to two receivers with more than 100 yards — Golden Tate with 113 yards and Marvin Jones with 107 yards and a pair of touchdowns. While under pressure last night Stafford produced a ridiculous passer rating of 131.5, per PFF.

— After the offensive line has struggled to protect Stafford in several games, they prevented the Packers defense from sacking the quarterback. They Perhaps the biggest story of the night is the Lions offensive line not giving up a single sack and just eight pressures on 35 drop-backs. The lone Packer sack came as a clean up on a broken trick play. Most surprising was the play of tackle Brian Mihalik who earned a game grade of 72.2, the second highest mark on the Lions offensive line.

— The run game continued to be ineffective. Ameer Abdullah received PFF’s lowest offensive game grade of 32.6. He had 21 carries for 48 yards, that’s an average of 2.3 yards per carry. His two fumbles were a concern.

— The Lions’ win at Lambeau represents Detroit’s fifth-straight Monday night game that has occurred on the road. Detroit now has a 3-2 record in those five road games. Overall this season Detroit is 3-1 on the road and 1-3 at home.

— The Lions didn’t punt once. The last time the Lions did not punt in a game was against Kansas City on Nov. 25, 1971. This was just the third game since 1950 that the Lions have not punted in a single game and it is the only game since 1950 that this was achieved on the road.

— In the first quarter, defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson blocked a 38-yard field goal attempt by the Packers that kept them off the scoreboard. The blocked field goal was the first of Robinson’s career and the first by the Lions since Nov. 6, 2016, at Minnesota (DT Tyrunn Walker).

 

 

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Author: Paula Pasche

Paula Pasche, a veteran sports writer, covers the Detroit Lions for her Lions Lowdown blog. She has written two books, "Game of My Life Detroit Lions" and "100 Things Lions Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die" which are available at bookstores and on Amazon.com. She won first place for column writing from the Society of Professional Journalists in Detroit (Class B) in 2011, 2012 and 2013 and was The Oakland Press 2010 Staffer of the Year.

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