Oct 10, 2011; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) celebrates after Detroit Lions running back Jahvid Best (not pictured) rushes for a 88 yard touchdown during the third quarter against the Chicago Bears at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

SLR Detroit Lions Player of the Year Tournament Final Four: Matthew Stafford vs. Calvin Johnson

The 2011 SideLion Report Detroit Lions player of the year tournament is back after taking a brief hiatus following the “regional” rounds! Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson emerged from the offensive/special teams side of the bracket while Ndamukong Suh and Cliff Avril represent the defense.

You can see the bracket here.

Who will be our first player through to the finals?

Sep 11, 2011; Tampa, FL, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) gestures at the line of scrimmage during the first quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

(1 seed) Matthew Stafford
First Round: bye
Second Round: def Rashied Davis
Third Round: def Titus Young
Fourth Round: def Brandon Pettigrew

Matthew Stafford didn’t just have the best season of his three year career in 2011, he had the best season the Lions organization has ever received out of the quarterback position. His 5,038 passing yards were easily a franchise best and ranks as the fifth best total in NFL history. Stafford also set franchise records for completions, attempts and touchdowns as just a 23-year old.

Oct 2, 2011; Arlington, TX, USA; Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson (81) runs after a catch in the fourth quarter against Dallas Cowboys cornerback Terence Newman (41) at Cowboys Stadium. The Lions beat the Cowboys 34-30. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

(1 seed) Calvin Johnson
First Round: bye
Second Round: def Jahvid Best
Third Round: def Nate Burleson
Fourth Round: def Stephen Peterman

The 2011 season finally put to rest any argument that Calvin Johnson is not an elite receiver. The only question that remains now is where he’ll finish when compared to the all-time greats at his position. 100 yards receiving and a touchdown is a fine day for most receivers but it was an average day for Calvin Johnson in 2011. His 16 touchdowns set a new franchise record and he finished just five yards behind Herman Moore for the franchise record for receiving yards in a season. Forget shading a safety to Megatron’s side of the field, the Saints used defensive alignments that put two corners on CJ at the line of scrimmage in both meetings this year. That is the kind of level Johnson was on this past season.

Who should advance to the 2011 SideLion Report Player of the Year Tournament Final?

  • Matthew Stafford (61%, 70 Votes)
  • Calvin Johnson (39%, 44 Votes)

Total Voters: 114

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