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Detriot Lions 2012 Schedule: Downloadable, Printable

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 07:  Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions passes against the New Orleans Saints during their 2012 NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 7, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Sean E. DouglasSenior Writer IIIApril 23, 2012

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 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, and is a player offenses must keep 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 have cooled off. 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 be productive, but it may take him some time to work into the offense.

The real problem is Jahvid Best and his history of concussions. Now his role is basically limited 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 they 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, and they are burned too many times in the secondary, the Lions' quest for another playoff bid in 2012 could be undone. Then again, for fantasy purposes, it would mean Stafford and Calvin Johnson are primed for another monster season. Should be an interesting ride, no matter which way this year goes.

Lions 2012 Schedule

Week

Date

Opponent

Game Time

1

Sep 9th

Rams

1:00 PM

2

Sep 16th

at 49ers

8:20 PM

3

Sep 23th

at Titans

1:00 PM

4

Sep 30th

Vikings

1:00 PM

5

Bye Week

6

Oct 14th

at Eagles

1:00 PM

7

Oct 22nd

at Bears

8:30 PM

8

Oct 28th

Seahawks

1:00 PM

9

Nov 4th

at Jaguars

1:00 PM

10

Nov 11th

at Vikings

1:00 PM

11

Nov 18th

Packers

1:00 PM

12

Nov 22nd

Texans

12:30 PM

13

Dec 2th

Colts

1:00 PM

14

 

 

Dec 9th

at Packers

8:20 PM

15

Dec 16th

at Cardinals

4:05 PM

16

Dec 22nd

Falcons

8:30 PM

17

Dec 30th

Bears

1:00 PM

Please Note: All Games Are East Coast Time

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