After a 2-4 start, the 2012 season has not gone the way the Detroit Lions expected it to after finishing 10-6 last year to earn their first playoff berth since the 1999 season. One of the main reasons why the Lions have struggled to get things rolling on a consistent basis is because of the poor play from Matthew Stafford.
Last season, Stafford became the fourth player in NFL history to break the 5,000-yard mark after throwing for 5,038 yards to go along with 41 touchdown passes, but he’s struggled to return to that dominant level in 2012. While Stafford’s 1,754 passing yards in six games is impressive, his five touchdowns and six interceptions are far from it considering the type of production displayed last season.
The fact that Stafford has yet to have a multi-touchdown game so far this season is a major reason for the Lions to be concerned and whether or not this team can make a run at the playoffs will rely on his shoulders. With a dominant wide receiver like Calvin Johnson to throw to along with numerous up-and-coming players, there’s no excuse for Stafford to be putting up the type of disappointing numbers he has been so far this season and something needs to be done quickly.
Otherwise, Stafford and the Lions could turn out to be one of the biggest busts of the 2012 season–especially from a fantasy football perspective. Stafford was taken in the first or second round in most fantasy leagues and owners have certainly been frustrated with his lack of production over the first six games.
“Like” Dan Parzych on Facebook
Be sure to follow Dan on Twitter @DanParzych