Can you really talk about the 2012 Detroit Lions without mentioning Nick Fairly? It may not be *fair to this team or the fans, but I’m left with no choice. After being arrested 2 times in less than 60 days, Fairly has gotten himself in a world of trouble. There is a little over a month before the Lions report to training camp on July 26th. Hopefully he is busy enough with his pending court dates and off season work outs to stay out of any additional trouble. Dude needs to hire a driver. The Lions has a great season in 2011-especially in the beginning, winning their first 5 games. Then came the post game handshake replayed round the world–still makes me chuckle a bit. What was NOT funny was the Suh incident on Thanksgiving Day on National TV… Still they clenched a playoff spot for the first time in over a decade. This team will make noise in the 2012 season also. Here is more from the 2012 Detroit Lions:
Fantasy Football Studs: Let’s start with the obvious: Calvin Johnson. He is the best receiver in the game today. The thing about this guy is he just keeps getting better. Over the years, he had always shown that he was an elite receiver. He just didn’t have anyone that could consistently get him the ball. You throw it anywhere in his vicinity, and he will come down with it. Which brings me to the next Fantasy stud: Matthew Stafford. Since he shook off the injury bug, Stafford has shown that he is worth the number one pick the Lions used to draft him. His performance on the field catapulted him to an Elite QB. TE Brandon Pettigrew should also be given consideration on Draft Day. Last season he had over 83 catches. He’s no Gronk or Graham, but he is definitely serviceable. The Lions Defense is formidable, but they have not quite reached stud status.
Area of Strength: The obvious strength for Detroit is the passing of Matthew Stafford and the receiving of Calvin Johnson. Stafford clocked 5038 yards and 41 passing TDs last season. It was the first year that he played in all 16 games since coming into the league 3 years ago. Going into his fourth season, he has the right stuff to continue to lead the Lions. Calvin Johnson: 6’5″, 236 lbs, with a 2011 campaign of 96 catches, 1681 yards, and 16 TDs. I predict that he will also be injury free this upcoming year: the Madden curse will be broken!
Area of Weakness: This team has improved in so many areas and should compete for the division title with the Packers and the Bears. However, it will not compete if the Lions don’t do something about their running game. Right now, Jahvid Best is number 1 on the depth chart. Dont get me wrong, Best is a decent back, but he is one good hit away from having a metallic taste in his mouth for the rest of his life. He says that he is ready to play, but that remains to be seen. Number 2 on the depth chart is 2nd year man Mikel Leshoure, who spent his entire rookie season in injured reserve with a torn ACL. On top of that, Leshoure will miss the first two games of the season for getting arrested TWICE for Mary Jane possession. Oh, it gets better folks: the police witnessed Leshoure EATING the weed on the second arrest. Clearly this guy is not too bright. The Lions running game is in trouble.
2012 Marquee Matchups: This season they face the 49ers early Week 2 and I’m sure we will see that infamous post game handshake replayed many times over. It would be cool if the coaches made a joke of it this year. Weeks 6 and 7 the Lions face the Eagles then da Bears. While you’re eating turkey and enjoying a day with the fam, the Lions will host the Texans. I’m sure this year everyone will be well-behaved.
All Things Detroit Lions: There a several great ways to keep up with the 2012 Detroit Lions. Here are a few:
Apps: There are no really great apps to keep up with the Lions…sorry everyone.
Fan Clubs: The official Detroit Lions Fan Club can be found on www.detroitlions.com under fanzone.