The Lions managed just one sack of Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton, by Ndamukong Suh. (Daniel Mears / Detroit News)
Josh Katzenstein of The Detroit News breaks down Sunday’s Lions-Bengals game, by the numbers:
0 -- Takeaways for the Lions. Entering Sunday's game, the Lions were 4-0 when they won the turnover battle this season. In their two losses, the Lions had a wash in the turnover category, which was the case in Sunday's loss. While the Lions offense deserves credit for not having a turnover, the defense should be blamed for not causing any. The Lions need to create turnovers to make up for all the big plays they allow.
35 -- Calvin Johnson's career games with 100-plus receiving yards. It means less in a loss, but Megatron continued his tear on the Lions record books Sunday. With 155 yards, Johnson eclipsed the century mark for the 35th time in his career, breaking Herman Moore's franchise record of 34. Johnson had a marvelous day with nine catches and two touchdowns, including a 50-yard score between three defenders.
1 -- Sacks by the Lions defense. When playing a team with as many offensive weapons as the Bengals, pressuring the quarterback is critical. Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton suffered 13 sacks in the previous four games, so the Lions should've had opportunities to reach him. Instead, the Lions had just one sack (Ndamukong Suh) and it didn't come until after the two-minute warning in the fourth quarter.
135.9 -- Andy Dalton's career-best quarterback rating Sunday. The Bengals quarterback had his most efficient game of 2013 by far, and thanks to the lack of pressure, he successfully picked apart the Lions defense. Dalton finished 24 of 34 for 372 yards and three touchdowns, and Sunday's game was only his second this season without a turnover.
13 -- Third-down conversions by the Lions. The Lions went 13 of 19 on third down Sunday, a stat that reveals a few things about Sunday's game. First, the Lions weren't nearly successful enough on first and second down and faced too many third downs. Second, although they sustained drives, they couldn't always turn that success into points. The Lions had the ball for nine more minutes than the Bengals, but scoring only one touchdown on three red-zone drives doomed them.