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Detroit Lions lose at Arizona: A look inside the numbers

It’s a game the Lions should have won, but they didn’t.

We’ve seen this picture before. 

The Cardinals came back for a 25-21 win late in the fourth quarter on Sunday.

Here are 10 of the more interesting statistics:

1. Last week in the win over the Vikings, Matthew Stafford connected with eight different players for receptions. Against the Cardinals it was just five. Brandon Pettigrew was the only tight end targeted while rookie Joe Fauria had three catches (on three targets) the previous week. Tony Scheffler has yet to have a catch in the first two games. This wouldn’t be such an issue if Pettigrew could hold onto the ball, but he had three drops.

2. As far as the best defensive line put Chris Houston at the top of the list with a team-leading seven tackles and two passes defended. Glover Quin was also a standout with six tackles and one pass defended.

3. Defensive end Willie Young, who got his second start, had the only sack of Cardinals’ quarterback Carson Palmer. Young also had two penalties including an especially costly hands to the face.

4. Ndamukong Suh was credited with three tackles and zero penalties. Suh had zero tackles in Week One but his personal foul penalty cost him $100,000.

5. Calvin Johnson was well Calvin Johnson with six catches for 116 yards which included two touchdown passes. He average 19.3 yards per catch. Not a bad day at the office.

6. Nate Burleson has plenty of football left in his 32-year-old body. He had seven catches (on eight targets) for 45 yards.

7. The Cardinals were 1 of 11 on third downs. That one came late in the game. Makes it even more amazing that they won.

8. Cornerback Patrick Peterson contributed all over the field. He completed one pass for 17 yards, one reception for 17 yards, three punt returns for 10 yards and four tackles along with a pass defended.

9. The Lions’ red zone efficiency was 100 percent. Of course they only made one trip to the red zone.

10. The Lions were whistled for eight penalties costing them 101 yards while the Cardinals’ seven penalties only cost 40 yards.

See a photo gallery of the game by clicking here.

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