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Matthew Stafford put up huge numbers last season, helped by a five-touchdown, 520-yard performance in the regular-season finale against Green Bay. While the big numbers helped pad Stafford's stats slightly, don't let that take away from what he accomplished in 2011.
Stafford took a big leap from his first two years in the league, most notably by staying relatively healthy and playing in all 16 games.
With confidence carrying over from last year, 2012 should be a big year for Stafford and the Lions, as they try to take the next step and win a playoff game or two, or more. In many other divisions, the Lions would have a good shot at winning a title.
Stafford will help the Lions prove that they weren't one-hit wonders. I expect Stafford to play well, but his numbers will be slightly below last year's, and the Lions will finish second in the division and face a tough road in the playoffs.
Prediction: 4,550 yards, 35 TD, 15 INT, 62.5 percent completion