This Sunday will feature a lineup of important and fun-to-watch games, but none more so than the Miami Dolphins (5-3) at Detroit Lions (6-2). This is an interesting game between similar teams on an up-swing. The winner of this game will be on track to claiming a playoff berth.
Let's take a look at the stats in this matchup:
|Points per game||20.3 (24th)||26.4 (9th)|
|Total yards per game||338.8 (20th)||365.8 (11th)|
|Rush yards per game||79.6 (31st)||137.3 (4th)|
|Rush yards per attempt||3.1 (32nd)||4.8 (3rd)|
|Pass yards per game||259.1 (9th)||228.5 (18th)|
|Sacks allowed||24 (T-28th)||17 (T-12th)|
|1st downs per game||19.1 (23rd)||22.3 (7th)|
|3rd down conversion %||42.7 (10th)||41.2 (15th)|
|Giveaways||11 (T-9th)||12 (T-14th)|
|Average time of possession||32:53 (5th)||30:21 (14th)|
|Points per game||15.8 (1st)||18.9 (3rd)|
|Total yards per game||290.4 (1st)||304.6 (3rd)|
|Rush yards per game||74 (2nd)||103.5 (12th)|
|Rush yards per attempt||3.3 (1st)||4.0 (11th)|
|Pass yards per game||216.4 (5th)||201.1 (2nd)|
|Completion percentage||62.4 (13th)||58.5 (4th)|
|Sacks||23 (T-9th)||25 (T-5th)|
|Takeaways||12 (T-17th)||18 (T-2nd)|
CONTEXT & KEY STATS:
- Consider that Detroit has been without the best receiver in the league, Calvin Johnson, for their past three games. Interestingly enough, Detroit won all three of those games.
- The Lions are coming off of their bye week.
- In their last two games before their bye week, the Lions were outscored 31-3 in the first half of games against the Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints. However, the Lions were lethal in the second half of those games, outscoring their opponents 43-13 and claiming victory in both contests.
- Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has been sacked an average of 5 times in losses this season. He's only been sacked an average of 2.3 times in wins.
- The Lions have turned the ball over five times in their two losses. They've turned it over only six times in their six wins this season.
- The combined record of the teams the Lions have played: 27-39