With the new additions the Lions have added in the 2012 NFL draft, Matthew Stafford should be primed for another breakout year. The Lions added Riley Reiff to help sure up a suspect offensive line and added another talented receiver in Ryan Broyles. The Lions also played most of last season without their top running backs in Jahvid Best and Mikel Leshoure. The question is, just how good can Matthew Stafford be?
With a healthy backfield and a more complete offensive line I predict an MVP season for Matthew Stafford. With a more balanced offense expect Matthew Stafford’s yards to come down but his touchdowns and effeciency to skyrocket. Adding Broyles just gives Stafford another valuable weapon to use when defenses key on Calvin Johnson, and adding Reiff should give Stafford more time to go through his progressions. Also, with the one two punch of Jahvid Best and Mikel Leshoure the offense will become more unpredictable.
Last season, Matthew Stafford threw for over 5,000 yards and 41 touchdowns while defenses knew the only way the Lions were going to score was through the air. Don’t forget Matthew Stafford is only 23 and his first two seasons were plagued by injuries. This is Stafford’s first off season were he is not coming off an injury and last season he did not have much time to develop chemistry with his team due to the lockout. With all that in mind, there is no reason Stafford shouldn’t compete for this years MVP and lead the Lions through a deep playoff run.
The Lions are returning all of their starters except corner Eric Wright who left in free agency. The Lions defense has a full off season to build chemistry and get acclimated with newly acquired draft picks. For the first time in my lifetime, a Superbowl run is definitely possible for this young Lions team.