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Both teams are coming off of tough divisional games last week. Houston managed to sneak out of Jacksonville with an overtime win, while Detroit was not so fortunate; losing in the fourth quarter to the Packers at home.
For Houston, quarterback Matt Schaub and wide receiver Andre Johnson are coming off of stellar days. Schaub threw for 527 yards on the day while Johnson pulled in 273 of those yards receiving. Those totals were career highs for both players.
While things were great for Houston on the offensive side of the ball, there were some unusual struggles on the defensive side of the ball.
Houston has had one of the top rated defenses in the league this season, however the Houston defense was slashed by the usually inept Jacksonville offense for 37 points and 458 yards. Houston struggled particularly against the pass, giving up 372 yards through the air on just 18 completions.
Houston's defense for the season has been one of the more stout. It's allowed just 18 points per game and 299 yards of total offense, both statistics rank fourth in the league.
For Detroit, quarterback Matt Stafford's accuracy problems continued last week against Detroit. Stafford completed just 17 of 39 passes (43 percent) for 266 yards. Stafford has thrown just 12 touchdowns this season in 10 games while also throwing 10 interceptions.
With Detroit ranking near the bottom of the league in rushing, the Lions are dependent on Stafford being more efficient with the football. The Lions are currently leading the league in passing, however they are near the middle of the league in scoring. Stafford has yet to throw a touchdown this season while his team is leading in a game.
The Lions (4-6) are currently three games back in the NFC North division. This game is a must win for the Lions if they are to have any aspirations of making the playoffs this season.
Houston (9-1) is looking to maintain its one game lead for best record in the AFC Conference.