2012 NFL Debate: Who's More Important to the Lions: Stafford or Megatron?

Josh Zerkle@JoshZerkleChief Writer IIIMay 31, 2012

The Detroit Lions enjoyed a resurgence in 2011. After a decade of legendary ineptitude, including an 0-16 season in 2008, the Lions reached the NFC playoffs for the first time since 1999. The Lions passing game deserves a large part of their success, but which players involved deserve the most credit?

Detriot's young quarterback, Matthew Stafford, was able to start all 16 games last season and racked up 5,038 yards (third-best in the NFL) and 41 touchdowns (second-best only to Drew Brees' 46). As Stafford prepares for his fourth NFL season, he'll have a chance to enter the conversation as one of the league's elite passers.

Stafford will have help from wide receiver Calvin Johnson, arguably the most dynamic wideout in the game today. In his fifth year in the NFL, Megatron lead the league with 1,681 receiving yards, averaging over 100 yards per game. Johnson saw his efforts rewarded in March with a new eight-year contract, worth up to $132 million.

National lead writer Dan Levy and I discuss the Lions passing game and take sides on who deserves the...ahem, lion's share of the praise for Detroit's passing prowess. Give us your thoughts on our video above and leave us yours in the comments.

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