Knowledge reveals the Lions had been one of many NFL’s luckiest groups in 2022
Two issues not usually related collectively: the Detroit Lions and good luck. But the NFL’s personal knowledge reveals the Lions had been certainly the beneficiaries of favorable bounces in 2022.
Tom Bliss, the manager of Football ops data science for the NFL, launched his ultimate tabulation of wins added per group by luck. Examples of luck embody dropped interceptions thrown by a QB, fumble recoveries, dropped passes by opposing receivers and missed discipline targets and kicks.
The Lions completed on the optimistic finish of the luck spectrum in all however one of many classes. It led to Detroit having the sixth-highest win chance added by success of any group in 2022. The Lions picked up 0.75 wins by the result of occasions out of their management.
The New York Giants led the record, because of freakish luck on fumble recoveries and opponents dropping interceptions. The Buffalo Payments got here in final, with a full win misplaced as a consequence of fumble restoration outcomes. Fumbles are thought-about random 50/50 occasions.
Breaking down Detroit’s optimistic luck, the Lions had the 4th-best luck on dropped interceptions. The one space the place the group didn’t end with a optimistic win chance was recovering fumbles. Detroit recovered 17 of the 36 fumbles (each offense and protection), simply lacking out.