DETROIT LIONS VS CHICAGO BEARS WEEK 15 BY THE NUMBERS
The following is from the Detroit Lions’ 20-10 win against the Chicago Bears at Ford Field on Saturday, December 16, 2017.
WITH THE WIN
The Detroit Lions defeated the Chicago Bears 20-10 and claimed their eighth victory of the season, which solidifies the team finishing with a .500 or above record in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1999 (8-8) and 2000 (9-7). Detroit finished 9-7 last year.
Under Head Coach Jim Caldwell, the Lions will accumulate at least a .500 record in three out of his four seasons in Detroit (11-5 in 2014, 9-7 in 2016 and 8-6 in 2017. In seven seasons as a head coach in the NFL, Caldwell has finished at or above .500 in five of those seasons.
The Lions have now defeated the Chicago Bears for the ninth time in the last 10 games, including each of the past three meetings. The Lions have also swept the Bears in four of the past five seasons. Detroit has also won five in a row at home against Chicago for the first time since winning six in a row at home from 1994-99.
Detroit picked off three passes against Chicago, including two by CB Darius Slay and one by DB Quandre Diggs. The Lions have now registered 3+ interceptions in three different games this season and have achieved this for the first time since 2011 when they had 3+ interceptions in four different games.
The Lions now have five interceptions over the past two games (2 at TB, 3 vs. Chi). This is the first time the Lions have totaled five interceptions over a two-game span since 2007 (4 at Chi 10/28/07 and 1 vs. Den 11/4/07).
LIONS RUSH DEFENSE
The Lions held Chicago to 43 yards rushing, which ranks as the second-lowest rushing total allowed by the Lions this season. This was the ninth time since 2014 that the Lions have allowed under 50 rushing yards in a game, which ranks as the third-best total in the NFL during that span.
QB MATTHEW STAFFORD
QB Matthew Stafford finished 25-for-33 (75.8 pct) for 237 yards with 2 touchdowns and had a 115.3 passer rating against Chicago.
He now has completed over 75-percent of his passes in three consecutive games to become the first player in team history to achieve this over a three-game span (82.8 at Bal 12/3, 81.8 at TB 12/10 and 75.8 vs. Chi 12/16).
Stafford’s 237 passing yards pushes his career total to 34,223 yards as he became the first player in NFL history to throw for 34,000 yards under the age of 30.
During the second and third quarter, Stafford completed 12 consecutive pass attempts. He has now accumulated streaks of 12+ consecutive completions in three-straight games. Those streaks rank as three of the team’s five longest in franchise history.
WR MARVIN JONES JR.
WR Marvin Jones Jr. started in his 50th career game and led the Lions with 85 receiving yards on three receptions. He snagged a 58-yard bomb that set up the Lions’ first touchdown of the game. The 58-yarder was his third 50+-yard reception of this career.
For the first time in his career, Jones has now totaled 60+ receiving yards in five consecutive games. He’s the first Lions receiver with five-straight games recording 60+ receiving yards since WR Calvin Johnson in 2015.
On his 58-yard reception, Jones established a new career single-season high with 18 receptions of 20+ yards.
WR GOLDEN TATE
WR Golden Tate finished with three catches for 33 yards against Chicago. Tate now has 82 receptions through 14 games this season. He joined WR Herman Moore (4, 1995-98) as the only Lions receivers to catch 80+ passes in four consecutive seasons. In his first four seasons with Detroit, Tate accumulated receptions totals of 99 in 2014, 90 in 2015 and 91 in 2016.
CB DARIUS SLAY
CB Darius Slay finished with five total tackles, two interceptions and three pass defenses against Chicago. Slay’s two interceptions tied a single-game career high, marking the second time he has recorded two interceptions in a game after posting two picks against Atlanta in Week 3 (9/24).
Slay’s three pass defenses marked the seventh time in his career that he has recorded at least three pass break ups in a game. Slay’s seven interceptions and 20 pass defenses currently lead the NFL.
By intercepting a pass against Chicago, Slay became the first Lions player with 7+ interceptions in a season since S Glover Quin (7) in 2014. He also became the first Lions cornerback with 7+ interceptions in a season since CB Bruce McNorton (7) in 1983.
By reaching 20 pass defenses this season, Slay became the first Lions player to reach 20 in a season since CB Bryant Westbrook (21) in 1998.
Slay has now taken sole possession of second place on the Lions all-time list for career pass defenses since 1991.
With 20 pass defenses through 14 games this season, Slay has now moved into a tie with CB Bryant Westbrook (1997) for fourth in pass defenses in a single-season since 1991.
DB QUANDRE DIGGS
DB Quandre Diggs registered his first-career sack against Chicago and added three tackles, one interception and two pass defenses to his totals. Diggs became the first Lions defensive player with 3+ tackles, 1 sack, 1 interception and 2+ pass defenses since CB Dré Bly vs. Minnesota September 21, 2003 (5 tackles, 1 sack, 1 Int and 3 pass defenses).
With two pass defenses against the Bears, Diggs set a new career single-season high with eight pass defenses.
S DON CAREY
With two special teams tackles against the Bears, S Don Carey now has 70 total special teams tackles for his career.
Since joining the Lions in 2011, Carey has 66 total special teams tackles in 82 games with the team. With two special teams tackles against Chicago, he moved past John Wendling for the fourth-most special teams tackles by a Lions player since 1994.
DT A’SHAWN ROBINSON
DT A’Shawn Robinson registered one pass defense against Chicago and now has 12 since entering the NFL in 2016. With 12 career pass defenses, he moved into a tie for fourth in pass defenses by first and second-year defensive linemen since 2000.
TE ERIC EBRON
With an eight-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter against Chicago, TE Eric Ebron hauled in the 10th touchdown reception of his career.
CB NEVIN LAWSON
With one pass defense vs. Chicago, CB Nevin Lawson recorded the 20th pass defense of his career.
CB JAMAL AGNEW
Rookie CB Jamal Agnew caught one pass for six yards today to become the only Lions player since at least 1991 to record a reception, rush, defensive tackle, special teams tackles, punt return and kickoff return in a season.
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