Detroit Lions: Predicting Top Offensive, Defensive Stat Leaders for 2012-13

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Detroit Lions: Predicting Top Offensive, Defensive Stat Leaders for 2012-13
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Stats never tell the whole story, but they're a fun story to tell.

And during the doldrums of NFL news (draft hype has worn off, OTAs are over and training camp hasn't started yet), fun is exactly what we should aim for.

It's that, or continue to dwell on the Miami Heat or take the emotional roller coaster ride that is the Detroit Tigers, which has basically comprised the entirety of my Twitter feed over the last two weeks.

But not to worry. Though football season is still well off, it creeps ever closer without us even realizing it.

A week from now, it will be July. At the end of July, training camp starts. Shortly after training camp starts, the preseason begins, and by that point, the anticipation for the regular season is both more and less bearable than it has been since the August before.

So it's coming down the pipe, we just have to be patient. And to help bide the time, let's all speculate wildly (but strategically) about who will lead the Lions in key statistical categories in 2012. I'm not talking about predicting the stats themselves (though if you have a hunch, feel free to share), just who wins the categories.

A couple of things before we dive in.

First, these are hard, measurable stat categories. None of this "most improved" (Titus and Willie Young, no relation) or "toughest" (Matthew Stafford and Kyle Vanden Bosch) business. We're talking yards, sacks, tackles—tangible stuff.

Second, these are not stat predictions. These are stat leader predictions. What you're getting here is basically me using the current situation compared with past statistical performances to predict the likely leader in key stat categories in 2012. I may hint at values to look for or extrapolate some numbers onto next season, but that's just me messing with stats, not making predictions. That comes later.

Finally, I originally had the offensive categories split into "most yards" and "most touchdowns." And then I realized that in each case, I had the same winner for both categories in every area. So when I say "leading" in the headline, I mean in both yards and TDs.

Got all that? Then let the debate/angry comments/shower of praise begin.

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