We're going to play that way? Alright.
First, I don't have "Crazy Train" takes. I have "Crazy Train Conductor" takes (i.e. Ochocinco). I have mad love for a human, not manufactured metal. If you're going to insult me, at least get the facts straight.
Secondly, manufactured metal reminds me that you need to look in the mirror. Did you see the insane amount of Transformers references you used in only five or six sentences in your intro? And you want to crack on me for too many repeated references? At least I have the decency to spread them out for the readers.
Now to the task at hand. While I grant you the numbers because, hey, numbers don't lie, we're talking about wide receivers here.
That means you have to take into account other players, i.e. quarterbacks that get them the ball, offensive lines protecting the quarterback long enough to throw the ball, running backs to help take pressure off the passing game, and fellow receivers that defenses need to concern themselves with.
Those last three are the problem.
I will concede that the difference between a second-year Matt Stafford and a crappy Matt Leinart is a wash. But Detroit's offensive line is awful and doesn't allow Stafford to get the ball to "Megatron." That won't change in 2010.
The Lions don't have another receiver, so defenses can double and triple-team Johnson as they did last season. And with Kevin Smith down for possibly all of 2010, there isn't a running game to take pressure off of the passing game. That is the main reason his receiving yards went from 1,331 in 2008 to 984 last year.
Here are some more numbers for you: 12 touchdowns in 2008, and only five last year. As you correctly noted, the Lions will have to pass a lot as they will be playing from behind again all season.
It sounds like a great situation for an aerial attack, but that just means pass-rushing defensive linemen, like Jared Allen, will constantly pin their ears back and come after Stafford, who could get hurt again this year.
Simply put, the Lions are going to have trouble getting your "Megatron" the ball.
There are no such problems in Arizona.
They have a good offensive line. The running game has Tim Hightower and Beanie Wells. And Fitzgerald has Steve Breaston and Anquan Boldin, so defenses can't just gang up.
I'll take my chances with Fitzgerald and the Cardinals overcoming the "crap-tastic" Matt Leinart, before I'll chance it with the "black hole of problems" in Detroit.