Detroit Lions and Tampa Bay Buccaneers Could Replace Patriots-Colts as Rivalry of the Next Decade

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Do the Lions have their Tom Brady in Matthew Stafford? If he stays healthy, they might. Forget about the vast differences in draft position, that doesn’t mean a thing in the end. Tom Brady doesn’t have an asterisk next to his name as a franchise quarterback because he was drafted in the sixth round and no one will have their enthusiasm tempered should Stafford reach such heights because of the expectations that come with being a number one overall pick.

The Patriots offense is predicated on the pass and we should expect the Lions to do the same even though they have invested heavily in the running back position in the last two drafts. Everything revolves around Tom Brady in New England, just as it will Stafford in Detroit – remember, he is still their top investment.

The Patriots have generated a lot of buzz because of their offense in recent years. The Tom Brady to Randy Moss connection was one of the most prolific in history. We can dream that Matthew Stafford to Calvin Johnson earns the right to be mentioned in the same breath but the Lions garner a lot of talk as it is because of the offensive “weapons” they have gathered since drafting Stafford in 2009. In the end, talk is cheap. It takes a lot more than a great offense, even if it lives up to its potential, to take an NFL franchise to the top. The Patriots knew that and the Lions appear to understand that as well.

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