Sunday's 28-16 win over the Houston Texans was made possible by some key numbers.
Here's a look at some of the more vital statistics ...
- Joey versus the favorite Carr .... : The national media is in love with Texans' quarterback David Carr. The first overall pick in the 2001 NFL draft, Carr hasn't accomplished much more than Harrington -- drafted two picks later -- yet his pub is confusingly much stronger. In the win, Harrington may have quelled some of that support, by building some of his own.
Harrington's 18-of-25, 176 yard, 3 touchdown and 1 interception performance gave him a quarterback rating of 114.8. He averaged 9.7 yards per completion and a 72% completion percentage.
Carr, meanwhile, completed 23 of 34 passes for 313 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception for a quarterback rating of 104.2. Harrington also came through in the clutch. Speaking of the clutch, where was Carr? Stalling around two-yard line last time we checked ...
- Third down party time! Last week's 2-for-13 third-down performance should have almost ensured a loss. Instead, the Lions' offense was bailed out by Bracy Walker -- literally. That's a 15 percent third-down completion percentage. Ouch. Against the Texans, the Lions completed 6 of their 11 third-down attempts. Simple math is telling us that is above 50 percent. What a difference a week makes.
-Stud Can we append that nickname to Lions' defensive end James Hall? Playing with a tore up thumb (note to readers: use of hands at defensive end extremely crucial), Hall toyed with the Texans' offensive tackles, collecting six tackles, 2.5 sacks and forced one fumble. At one point, writhing in pain, Hall had to head to the sidelines to have his cast re-wrapped. He returned later to collect another sack. Second-place: DT Shaun Rogers for losing his helmet and still diving head-first into Carr.
-Note to Mariucci: Get this kid more touches! We don't really care how Kevin Jones gets the ball, as long as he's able to run with it. Jones averaged 4.8 yards per carry, rushing 12 times for 57 yards including a 16-yard scamper. He also collected one reception, taking it 13 yards. Jones' 70-total yards for the game is a career best, but something tells us that mark won't hold up long. Everytime he touches the ball, it seems he has the ability to turn it into something special.
-We doubt Bracy's jealous Eddie Drummond's 99-yard kick return touchdown is the second special teams touchdown in as many games for the Lions. Drummond's return was a nice break in between Houston's two second half scoring drives.
-Joey, Meet Mr. Williams Admit it, after Sunday's performance, you're aggravated to the point of crying knowing that you can't witness Charles Rogers and Roy Williams on the field simultaneously this year. Afterall, two of Williams' four catches went for spectacular, second-half touchdowns. Chemistry brewing? Hopefully. Roy and Charles? We're 2-0, so we'll start to look forward to next year once this team is mathematically eliminated from the playoffs. In the meantime, keep watching and enjoy.
By the Numbers: Harrington Outperforms Carr
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