Detroit Lions 2012 Schedule
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We all wondered what the Lions would look like if Matthew Stafford could just stay healthy for a full season, and stay healthy he did in 2011, as he threw for over 5,000 yards and led Detroit back to the playoffs. Unfortunately, the team had to rely almost solely on Stafford’s arm to move the football on offense as both Mikel Leshoure (pre-season) and Jahvid Best had season-ending injuries, before November.
On defense, Ndamukong Suh didn’t have as good a year as his rookie season, but the rest of the squad made up for his production. Then again, Suh likely helped his teammates in other ways, as he’s earned respect from opposing teams, as a player worth keeping an eye on.
Will The 2012 Season Go Up In Smoke?
Early hopes of Leshoure returning from his injury to play a key role in the ground game cooled off at the start of April as two separate drug incidences have potentially put him up for suspension and likely caused the Lions to lose trust in him. Assuming he stays on the team, I still believe Leshoure will help this team, but it may take him some time to work into the offense.
The real problem is Jahvid Best and his concussions, have basically limited him to a third down running back for the rest of his career, as he can’t endure the pounding of a starting tailback. This makes for an interesting situation to watch at the draft, as the Lions clearly need to do something at this position, but only time will tell, what type of runner the select.
While I’m not a big fan of corner back Eric Wright, he did have a good year for the Lions, and let’s face it, they aren’t the most talented bunch in the backfield.
If the running game is a continued problem, when they need it, this year, and they are burned too many times in the secondary, it could be Detriot’s undoing for another playoff bid in 2012. Then again, for fantasy purposes, it would mean Stafford and Johnson are primed for another monster season. Should be an interesting ride, no matter which way this year goes.