Detroit Lions' Week 2 Projections: Analyzing the Impact of Detroit's Big 3

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Detroit Lions' Week 2 Projections: Analyzing the Impact of Detroit's Big 3
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A Week 1 opening-day victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was vastly significant to the growth and structure of the Detroit Lions.

Detroit’s young gun, Matthew Stafford, further solidified himself as the organization's franchise quarterback after throwing for over 300 yards and three touchdowns. Stafford dissected the Buccaneers' defense, utilizing the tools that made him the No. 1 overall selection in 2009.

Detroit’s 2010 first round selection, Jahvid Best, also played very well. In the Week 1 affair versus the Buccaneers, Best showed the ability to pound and wear down the interior of Tampa Bay’s young but talented defensive line. Best was heavily employed in the Detroit offense, touching the ball 25 times for a net of 114 yards.

The effectiveness of Detroit’s rushing attack forced Tampa Bay’s secondary to be honest, providing Matthew Stafford the opportunity to look downfield.

And when Matthew Stafford has time to look down field he usually finds one guy: Calvin Johnson. Tampa Bay’s "shutdown" cornerback Aqib Talib was completely ineffective in stopping Johnson. Stafford targeted his big play receiver 10 times and Johnson returned the favor by hauling in six receptions for 88 yards and two scores.

So what can we expect from Detroit’s “Big 3” against the Kansas City Chiefs in this weekend's regular season contest at Ford Field?

In one word?


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