As good as Matthew Stafford was last season, he may have a few obstacles coming his way in the next season.
Take into consideration that last year was his only year where he did not suffer an injury that would take him out for long stretches of the season. More often than not, the young quarterback is hurt.
The troubles at the running back position also make it difficult for him to repeat his 5,000-yard season, which is a difficult task itself.
Starter Jahvid Best still has not been cleared to play, according to ESPN.com, after suffering a concussion last October.
Backup Mikel Leshoure, who missed all of last season with an Achilles injury, is healthy but will not be able to play in the first two games, as NFL.com reports that the young running back was suspended for the first two games of the season due to violating the league's substance abuse policy.
This can turn the Lions from an offensive powerhouse to a one-dimensional team, jeopardizing Stafford’s status as a great fantasy quarterback.
Also, if you’re a bit superstitious, wide receiver Calvin Johnson is on the cover of this year’s Madden NFL 2013, which may already be an indication that hard times are approaching for the Lions.