Takeaways key in Lions’ win over Cardinals – Detroit Lions News

Takeaways key in Lions’ win over Cardinals – Detroit Lions News

The takeaways kept coming for the Detroit Lions’ defense in their 35-23 win over Arizona on Sunday. When it was all said and done, the Lions notched three interceptions and recovered a fumble for four takeaways total.

To put that performance in a little bit of perspective: It’s the first time the Lions have forced four turnovers in a single game since 2013. They did it twice that season — Week 1 against Minnesota (3 INT, 1 FR) and Week 4 against Chicago (3 INT, 1 FR).

The Lions had 14 takeaways all of last season, which made them fourth worst in the NFL in that category.

“I try to preach to the guys all the time, interceptions don’t come from doing something spectacular,” safety Glover Quin said after Sunday’s game. “Nine times out of 10, if you just do your job and be in the spot you’re supposed to be in, interceptions will come to you.”

Generating more of those game-changing plays on defense was a big emphasis this offseason for defensive coordinator Teryl Austin and head coach Jim Caldwell. The Lions scored 19 points off turnovers against the Cardinals Sunday, which helped propel them to 1-0 on the season.

Here’s a look at some other key stats – good and bad – after one week of football:

What was the breakdown Sunday for Detroit’s 2017 draft class?

LB Jarrad Davis: Nine tackles, fumble recovery, 75 snaps

CB Teez Tabor: Inactive

WR Kenny Golladay: Four catches, 69 yards, two touchdowns, 44 snaps

LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin: 21 snaps on special teams with no tackles

TE Michael Roberts: Six snaps on offense, 18 special teams snaps, no catches or tackles

CB Jamal Agnew: One snap on defense, 18 on…

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