The Detroit Lions always seem to look amazing on paper, especially with quarterback Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson on offense.
A prime example of this is last season, when the team had a 4-12 record while Johnson had 122 catches and broke the single-season receiving yards record with 1,964. Stafford had 4,967 yards passing, which is good for the seventh-best all-time in a single year.
One of the biggest problems the Lions have is that their defense has been abysmal. They allowed 27.3 points per game last year and only had 11 team interceptions, which no player having more than two. While the team had 33 team sacks, no one had more than 10. Their leading sacker last year Cliff Avril went to greener pastures and signed with the Seattle Seahawks.
However, the biggest problem with the Lions goes back to Stafford, as the team lives and dies at the quarterback position. He hasn’t had the healthiest of careers since being picked no. 1 overall 2009 NFL Draft. The good news for him this year is that they added a potential star running back in Reggie Bush, who will give Stafford an extremely athletic safety valve option who isn’t just “Megatron”.
The Detroit Lions are a consistently inconsistent team, and it is unknown how well this team will do in 2013 and going forward.