Jets vs. Lions – By the Numbers


Lions WR Calvin Johnson was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week. It marked the first time a Detroit wideout was honored since Germane Crowell in 1999.

The Lions are averaging 38 points on their home turf at Ford Field, though Jets coach Rex Ryan boldly claimed on Wednesday they won’t approach that number against his team.

“I don’t believe that’s going to happen,” Ryan said. “Come out and prove me wrong, but I doubt it.”


The Lions lead the all-time series with the Jets, 6-5, but have lost each of the last two meetings with New York. The Jets were 31-24 home winners when the teams last met, in 2006 at the Meadowlands, and took a 31-14 decision when the last visited the Motor City in 2002. The Lions’ most recent win over the Jets in the Motor City came in 1997, a 13-10 victory at the Pontiac Silverdome.


Jets QB Mark Sanchez is 200 yards short of 4,000 for his career, and the Jets are 6-1 when he reaches 90 or better on the passer rating chart.

On the ground, the Jets are averaging 153.4 rushing yards per week, good for third-best in the league, while in the air, the overall 337.9 yards per game average is 15th.

The Jets are 12th in scoring offense.

Shonn Greene is 115 rush yards short of 1,000 for his career.

Braylon Edwards needs five catches to get to 300.

Santonio Holmes is 34 yards shy of 4,000.

Dustin Keller is third among tight ends with five touchdown catches this year.

On the defensive side, no team has surpassed 23 points in seven games against the Jets this season, with last week’s nine points allowed dropping the weekly average to 15.7 per game, good for second-best in the league.

The Jets’ yardage total of 303.7 per week is seventh overall.

The Jets have forced 14 turnovers and are tied for second in the AFC with a plus-7 turnover margin.

Linebacker David Harris leads the team with 49 tackles (35 solo) and recorded his first sack of the season last week.

Veteran end Shaun Ellis leads in that category with 3 1/2 of the team’s 15, while outside linebacker Jason Taylor has netted three.


The Lions have allowed the 21st most yards in the NFL this season, with the 26th most pts allowed.

Rookie tackle Ndamukong Suh leads all rookies with 6 1/2 sacks.

Cornerback Alphonso Smith is tied for third in the league with four interceptions.

With a 26-plus points per game average, the Lions are sixth-best in the league.

Only twice, in losses to Philadelphia (Week 2) and Green Bay (Week 4), has Detroit reached 100+ yards rushing.

Lions QB Matthew Stafford returned last week to pass for 212 yards and four scores against the Redskins, raising his touchdown output to 11 in his last five games.

Calvin Johnson is tied for second in the league with eight TDs.

Running back Jahvid Best leads all NFL rookies with 613 yards from scrimmage this season and is tied for the rookie lead with five touchdowns as well.