Detroit Lions: Week 1 Offensive Stats

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Detroit Lions: Week 1 Offensive Stats
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In my previous column, we dissected the Pro Football Focus (PFF) stats for the Lions defense. Today, we’ll examine the stats on the other side of the ball—the offense.

We will dispense with the long preamble because we will have several different sets of data points for the various offensive positions that will require some explanation.

This is a good time to take note that the Lions played 75 total offensive snaps.

Ready? Okay, gang, get out those pocket calculators and let’s get busy! 

 

Quarterback Stats

PFF tracks the following QB statistical categories. I have included a brief explanation (in italics) on a few of them. Stafford’s numbers are in parenthesis.

Snaps Played (75)

Penalties - Assessed (1-1) Delay of game

Drop Backs (33)

Runs (0) Runs are scrambles and not designed running plays.

Attempts (33) Attempts = drop backs minus runs.

Completions (24)

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Comp. Percentage (72.7%)

Thrown Away (0)

Hit While Throwing (0)

Batted Passes (0)

Spikes (0)

Passing Yards (305)

YPA (9.2) Yards per pass attempts.

TD (3)

INT (1)

Sacks (0)

Passes Dropped (4)

QBR (118.9) The standard NFL quarterback rating.

 

Note that Stafford’s drop backs are equal to his pass attempts. This indicates that he was never forced to scramble.

You might be wondering about Stafford’s rushing stats. It appears that PFF doesn’t record QB rushing. I think Stafford had two yards, though.

I like the fact that PFF tracks passes thrown away, batted passes, times hit while throwing, spikes and dropped passes. It yields the most comprehensive stats line for quarterbacks on the planet.

The short story? Stafford had a very solid outing. 

 

Receiving Stats—All Players

PFF tracks several categories that are mostly straightforward. Blocking is rated, but is sadly not categorized. I’ll sum up the PFF blocking in my analysis where deemed germane.

For the sake of brevity (and my own sanity), I’ve omitted some extraneous categories (percent completed, etc.). Only those players who accumulated stats are included in the bullet lists.

Here are the categories. The players' stats are in parentheses. 

 

Snaps Played:

Johnson (69)

Burleson (49)

Stovall (7)

Davis (11)

Young (42)

Pettigrew (72

Heller (23)

Scheffler (28)

Best (54)

Harrison (11)

Logan (1)

Morris (9) 

 

Penalties - Assessed:

Young (1-1) Illegal shift. Duh. 

 

Times Targeted:

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Johnson (10)

Burleson (5)

Stovall (1)

Davis (1)

Young (1)

Pettigrew (6)

Heller (1)

Scheffler (1)

Best (5)

Morris (2) 

 

Receptions:

Johnson (6)

Burleson (5)

Stovall (1)

Davis (1)

Pettigrew (4)

Scheffler (1)

Best (4)

Morris (2) 

 

Yards Gained:

Johnson (88)

Burleson (60)

Stovall (8)

Davis (14)

Pettigrew (57)

Scheffler (11)

Best (42)

Morris (25) 

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Yards per Reception:

Johnson (14.7)

Burleson (12)

Stovall (8)

Davis (14)

Pettigrew (14.3)

Scheffler (11)

Best (10.5)

Morris (12.5) 

 

Yards After Catch (YAC):

Johnson (37)

Burleson (35)

Stovall (12—see note 1)

Davis (17—see note 1)

Pettigrew (16)

Scheffler (1)

Best (48—see note 1)

Morris (19) 

 

Longest Reception:

Johnson (36)

Burleson (29)

Stovall (8)

Davis (14)

Pettigrew (25)

Scheffler (11)

Best (14)

Morris (16) 

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TD:

Johnson (2)

Scheffler (1) 

 

INT (Interceptions made while targeting the player):

Heller (1) 

 

Dropped Passes:

Johnson (2)

Young (1)

Pettigrew (1)

Best (1) 

 

Missed Tackles (Broken or missed tackles caused by the player):

Johnson (1)

Burleson (3)

Davis (1)

Pettigrew (1)

Morris (1) 

 

Fumbles:

All Players (0)

 

**Note 1: This is an obvious error. I will contact the PFF staff and request a correction.** 

 

Calvin Johnson—Analysis

Those are some eye-popping numbers by Megatron: 6-for-10, 88 yards (37 YAC) and two touchdowns.

Johnson’s blocking rating was fifth best amongst 119 receivers graded.

 

Nate Burleson—Analysis

Burleson caught every pass thrown his way and piled up yardage after the catch. He forced three missed tackles on his way to 35 yards after the catch.

Seeing blocking stats would reveal one of Burleson’s greatest contributions. Oddly enough, Burleson’s rating was only good enough for 70th place among 119 receivers. Curious indeed.

 

Maurice Stovall and Rashied Davis—Analysis

Between them, they had 18 productive snaps played, two targets and two catches. 

 

Titus Young—Analysis

The rookie played 42 snaps, but was targeted only once, as the Lions went to the running game with the lead.

 

Brandon Pettigrew—Analysis

Pettigrew made a nice contribution, but that dropped-pass syndrome is taking a toll.

Of 56 TEs rated, Pettigrew ranked second in pass blocking and 11th in run blocking. 

 

Will Heller—Analysis

Heller tipped a poorly thrown Stafford pass that went for a pick-six.

Heller’s blocking is the story. Of 56 TEs, Heller ranked 33rd in pass blocking and third in run blocking. 

 

Jahvid Best—Analysis

Best continues to be a valuable asset in the Lions passing game. Having the corrected YAC data will highlight his contributions. 

 

Maurice Morris—Analysis

Morris seems to be having difficulty with that broken right hand, but he was effective when targeted. 

 

Rushing Stats

Again, these stats are straightforward and there aren’t too many categories to wade through.

Here are the categories. The players' stats are in parentheses. 

 

Snaps Played:

Best (49)

Harrison (11)

Logan (1)

Morris (9)

Burleson (49) 

 

Attempts:

Best (21)

Harrison (8)

Logan (1)

Morris (2)

Burleson (1) 

 

Total Yards:

Best (72)

Harrison (27)

Logan (-2)

Morris (4)

Burleson (20) 

 

Average Yards per Rush:

Best (3.4)

Harrison (3.4)

Logan (-2.0)

Morris (2.0)

Burleson (20.0) 

 

Yards After Contact:

Best (39)

Harrison (11)

Logan (-2)

Morris (1)

Burleson (4) 

 

Longest Gain:

Best (9)

Harrison (9)

Logan (-2)

Morris (2)

Burleson (20) 

 

Touchdowns:

All Players (0) 

 

Missed Tackles (Broken or missed tackles caused by the player):

Best (2)

Harrison (1)

Fumbles

Morris (1) 

 

Aggregate Rushing Analysis

As a whole, the Lions ran 33 running plays for 121 yards (3.67 avg). If we delete the end-around by Burleson, the Lions rushed for 101 yards on 32 carries for a measly 3.15 average.

The Lions are ranked 10th in league rushing. 

 

Offensive Line Stats

This is the one that everybody is waiting for. Unfortunately, only the QB protection categories are tracked by PFF.

For pass blocking, screen blocking and run blocking we must rely on the NFL rankings for any other insights.

Here are the quantifiable statistical categories. The players' stats are in parentheses. 

 

Snaps Played:

All Players (75) 

 

Penalties - Assessed:

Cherilus (2-2)

Peterman (1-1) 

 

QB Sacks Allowed:

None 

 

QB Hits Allowed:

Cherilus (1)

Sims (1) 

 

QB Pressures Allowed:

Backus (2)

Cherilus (1)

Sims (1)

Peterman (1) 

 

PFF Pass Blocking Rank:

Backus (23T) among 72 tackles

Cherilus (33T) among 72 tackles

Sims (46) among 68 guards

Peterman (19T) among 68 guards

Raiola (4T) among 33 centers 

 

PFF Screen Blocking Rank:

Backus (5T) among 72 tackles

Cherilus (5T) among 72 tackles

Sims (9T) among 68 guards

Peterman (1T) among 68 guards

Raiola (5T) among 33 centers 

 

PFF Run Blocking Rank:

Backus (2T) among 72 tackles

Cherilus (11T) among 72 tackles

Sims (2) among 68 guards

Peterman (7) among 68 guards

Raiola (17) among 33 centers 

 

Offensive Line—Analysis

First, the screen blocking rankings are somewhat compressed by the lack of data. This will become more reliable as the season progresses.

We know that Stafford had 33 drop backs. The QB sacks (0), hits (2) and pressures (5) affected Stafford only 21 percent of the time.

The other tidbit we know is that none of those QB hits affected Stafford’s delivery.

The rankings that stand out are Sims’ poor pass blocking ranking and the run blocking of Backus, Sims and Peterman.

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