One of the best indicators of success in the NFL is a team's turnover differential. During the first half of the season, the Detroit Lions' inability to protect the football was reflected in the team's 1-7 record.
While not entirely his fault, quarterback Matthew Stafford was part of the problem. Through eight games, he had racked up 11 interceptions and was even benched in the third quarter of the team's Week 5 loss to Arizona after tossing three picks.
But things have turned around since the midpoint of the campaign. In the first four games of the second half, Detroit is one miracle play away from being undefeated. Asked about the biggest factor behind the team's recent success, coach Jim Caldwell immediately pointed to turnovers.
The Lions have given it away just twice in the past four games with Stafford throwing only one interception.