Originally posted on The Football Fan Spot  |  Last updated 9/26/12

Last week: 21 (-2)

Record: 1-2

Every year a team goes from in the playoffs to winning 5 games or fewer. The Lions, one of my preseason overrated teams, are a finalist for that spot, but I have them finishing a little bit better than that. However, their defense is atrocious just like last year and Matt Stafford, even if he doesn’t get hurt again, is not going to throw for 5000 yards and 41 touchdowns again to compensate. Stafford hasn’t been bad, but he’s not having the elite season he was last year. They are now, including playoff, 6-9 in their last 15, which is almost a whole season, and last year they needed a record four comebacks from down 13 or more to even win 10 games. This year, the offense isn’t good enough to compensate for the defense getting them in a whole early.

Studs

QB Matt Stafford: 33 of 42 for 278 yards and a touchdown, 4 drops, 108.1 adjusted QB rating, pressured on 5 of 45 drop backs (1 sack, 1 scramble, 2 of 3)

RB Mikel Leshoure: Rushed for 100 yards (35 after contact) and a touchdown on 26 carries, 4 catches for 34 yards on 4 attempts

LT Jeff Backus: Allowed 1 quarterback hurry on 60 pass block snaps, run blocked for 5 yards on 1 attempt

LG Rob Sims: Did not allow a pressure on 60 pass block snaps, run blocked for 20 yards on 3 attempts

C Dominic Raiola: Allowed 1 quarterback hurry on 60 pass block snaps, run blocked for 50 yards and a touchdown on 13 attempts

WR Calvin Johnson: 10 catches for 164 yards and a touchdown on 12 attempts on 60 pass plays, 3.6 YAC per catch, 1 drop

CB Chris Houston: Allowed 5 catches for 34 yards on 10 attempts, 2 pass deflections, 5 solo tackles, 4 stops

Duds

TE Brandon Pettigrew: 8 catches for 61 yards on 12 attempts on 53 pass plays, 3.3 YAC per catch, 2 drops, 1 penalty

RE Kyle Vanden Bosch: 1 quarterback hurry on 39 pass rush snaps, 1 solo tackle, 1 stop, 1 missed tackle

LE Cliff Avril: Did not record a pressure on 35 pass rush snaps, 4 solo tackles, 4 stops, 2 penalties

DT Corey Williams: Did not record a pressure on 31 pass rush snaps, no tackles

CB Dwight Bentley: Allowed 8 catches for 71 yards on 9 attempts, 6 solo tackles, 2 stops, 2 missed tackles

CB Jacob Lacey: Allowed 4 catches for 98 yards and a touchdown on 7 attempts, 3 solo tackles, 2 stops, 1 missed tackle, 1 quarterback hurry on 2 blitzes

MLB Stephen Tulloch: 3 solo tackles, 3 stops, 1 missed tackles, 2 penalties, 1 quarterback hit on 7 pass rush snaps, allowed 2 catches for 15 yards on 3 attempts

SS Erik Coleman: Allowed 3 catches for 98 yards and a touchdown on 3 attempts, 2 solo tackles, 1 assist, 1 missed tackle

RE Willie Young: Did not record a pressure on 12 pass rush snaps, no tackles, 1 penalty

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