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Coming into 2012, Detroit's consistent strong point was supposed to be quarterback Matthew Stafford and the offense. The young, gunslinger has thrown for a meaningless 4,006 yards and only 17 touchdowns.
Stafford's wideouts haven't made life easier as they lead the league in dropped passes. Detroit is also without their top secondary receivers with Nate Burleson and Ryan Broyles gone with injuries and Titus Young being placed on IR. Tight end Brandon Pettigrew has also underachieved immensely with a number of dropped passes and costly penalties.
The Lions have seen flashes from their running backs Mikel Leshoure and Joique Bell, but the ground game isn't featured as often as one would hope with the team always playing from behind.
The only consistent highlight has been superstar Calvin Johnson, who leads the NFL in receiving yards with 1,546 off of 96 catches, tying his season high last year. Johnson started the season off slow in scoring and only has five touchdowns through 13 games.
A lot of blame for the offensive struggles can be placed on the shoulders of offensive coordinator Scott Linehan. He's drawn up too many predictable plays, especially early on in games. The Lions have struggled to get Megatron open against the two-deep safety defense, taking away the big play downfield.
Stafford is also a prime suspect for the team's struggles. His regression this year is one of the worst in the league; to only throw for 17 touchdowns given his talent and weapons is inexcusable.
While Stafford remains on pace to throw for another 5,000 yards this year, passing yards are the most overrated stat in football and don't tell the entire story. Stafford needs to find his accuracy and a consistent sense of rhythm in order to lead the Lions moving forward.