As the Detroit Lions prepare to start the season, who will lead the team in these major categories
Over the long and strenuous break, a lot of us are missing Detroit Lions football. One last time before the season, I will be making some predictions.
Here’s my projection on who will lead the team in every major stat category, barring injury of course.
Passing Yards and Touchdowns: Matthew Stafford
This one is pretty obvious, despite missing eight games last year, quarterback Matthew Stafford still led the Detroit Lions in passing yards. If Stafford, God forbid, gets hurt early this season, then expect a close race between backups Chase Daniels and David Blough.
Depending on the scenario, the assumption would be that Daniels gets that start if Stafford were to miss one to three games. In the event that Stafford misses majority of the season, Blough would take over under center. The reason being that Blough has more potential as a long term player.
Rushing Yards: Kerryon Johnson
Contrary to popular opinion, running back Kerryon Johnson is in good shape to lead the team in rushing yards. Rookie running back D’Andre Swift has started the year hurt, leaving Johnson with a head start.
No other running back on the team poses a threat to Johnson when it comes to carries or snaps. In time, Swift could catch up, however it could be too late to pass Johnson with overall statistics at that point.
Rushing Touchdowns: Bo Scarbrough
Predicting the leader in rushing touchdowns is a wash. Last season the Lions had seven rushing touchdowns, and yes, seven is not a typo. Kerryon Johnson led with three, Wes Hills was next with two, and then a tie between power back Bo Scarbrough and quarterback Jeff Driskel.
Coming into this season, Johnson, Swift, and Scarbrough will see a fair share of carries in the red-zone. I’m going with Scarbrough, it makes the most sense. He’s a big body that can take the pressure off the other backs on the goal-line.
In the event that Scarbrough doesn’t make the team, which would shock me, the next choice is Kerryon Johnson. It’s doubtful that the Lions will use Swift on the goal-line, his game works best in space.