Originally posted on Fox Sports Detroit  |  By DAVE DYE  |  Last updated 9/4/13
ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- The Detroit Lions have been the perfect example of how turnover margin is the most telling statistic on who wins and losses football games. The Lions ranked third among 16 NFC teams in turnover margin at plus-11 in 2011 when they finished 10-6 and went to the playoffs. A year ago, they were 15th in the conference -- and 30th out of 32 teams in the NFL -- with a minus-16 turnover margin while winning only four games. Takeaway, they win. Giveaway, they lose. Detroit opens the regular season Sunday at home against the Minnesota Vikings. Whether the Lions win the turnover battle this year likely will determine whether theyre more like that 10-win team or the four-win team. Its definitely important, defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh said. Whenever you can win the turnover battle, youre always going to have a great chance to win the game. In 2011, you saw where we got to go. The Lions defense went from 21 interceptions and 13 fumble recoveries in 2011 to 11 inte...
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