We speculated, made predictions and prayed that no major injuries would take place during the preseason. Although Mikel Leshoure was lost for the entire season during training camp, the Lions seem to be firing on all cylinders and look to be serious contenders in the NFC this season.
If the first two games are any indicator, the rest of the league had better take a look. Here a few statistical predictions for the remainder of the season.
32 TDs, 13 interceptions
Quarterback Rating: 98.7
Stafford has looked as sharp as a tack through the first two weeks. While I think his current average of 300 yards per game is slightly unrealistic, I don't see him dropping too much lower than that.
He has been able to showcase his arm strength and has not showed any accuracy issues that he did in the past.
If he can stay healthy, then he will put up some massive numbers. Playing the Vikings weak secondary twice a year doesn't hurt either
200 rushes, 700 yards
75 catches, 650 yards
13 total TDs
Jahvid Best is never going to be a between-the-tackles kind of back. What he does offer is a quick burst around the edge, valuable pass-catching ability and an is all-around versatile player on offense.
I seriously doubt he will average more than four yards per carry, but he can make up for that by catching four to six passes a game. He is a perfect security blanket for Matthew Stafford and is a great fit in passing schemes.
1,150 yards receiving
God created the heavens and earth and then created Calvin Johnson immediately after.
All jokes aside, Calvin is the most talented receiver in the league, in my humble opinion. Even Andre Johnson says Calvin is better than he is and why would he lie? Calvin gets more looks than an attractive blond at the beach and he will be the prime beneficiary of Stafford's breakout season.
A pass has to be thrown very poorly for Calvin to not bring it in. He's that good
Nate Burleson is the main reason that teams cannot double team Calvin Johnson.
Nate is a very quick, very talented, very confident (loads of swagger) receiver whom I believe is one of the most underrated players in the league right now.
Burleson has a sure set of hands, although he does struggle with holding on to the ball from time to time. He is very valuable running the ball on occasion, too. When/If Calvin is not in the game, then Nate is the go-to-guy.
Look out, league, "Nasty Nate" is no longer a blip on the radar.
Brandon Pettigrew is one of the few Detroit Lions who I believe will have a slight drop in production this season. That's not to say that he will have a poor season or a major drop off, but with Matthew Stafford throwing the ball around the field with such precision, I think Pettigrew will see fewer looks.
The sign of a good offense is the ability to get the ball into the hands of several different players—look at the Patriots for example. Pettigrew will need to take advantage of the opportunities as they come. His improved blocking will allow the Lions to keep him on the line more often.