Aug 15, 2009; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions helmets in the teams bench area with the new logo during the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Ford Stadium. The Lions beat the Falcons 27-26. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

SLR Detroit Lions Player of the Year Tournament Final: Matthew Stafford vs. Cliff Avril

The 2011 SideLion Report Detroit Lions player of the year tournament began just after the Super Bowl and concludes just before the start of the new league year. Matthew Stafford emerged as the champion of the offense/special teams side of the bracket while Cliff Avril emerged from the defensive half of the bracket. You can see the bracket here.

Just two players remain so just one question needs to be answered: who wins? Your vote decides, the poll remains open until free agency begins at 4 p.m. on March 13.

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
Fifth Round: def Calvin Johnson

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.

Aug 19, 2011; Cleveland, OH; USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy (12) gets hit in the backfield by Detroit Lions defensive end Cliff Avril (92) during the first quarter of a preseason game at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

(1 seed) Cliff Avril
First Round: bye
Second Round: def Bobby Carpenter
Third Round: def Justin Durant
Fourth Round: def Stephen Tulloch
Fifth Roud: def Ndamukong Suh

Coming off a nine sack season might make some think that Cliff Avril couldn’t improve his sack total for a fourth consecutive year but he did just that. Beyond the 11 sacks, Avril made his presence felt with six forced fumbles and interception and two touchdowns.

Who should win the SideLion Report 2011 Detroit Lions player of the year tournament?

  • Matthew Stafford (61%, 45 Votes)
  • Cliff Avril (39%, 29 Votes)

Total Voters: 74

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