Detroit Lions’ Fate Tied to Matthew Stafford’s Arm, Not Running Game

November 10, 2012   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The Detroit Lions scored four rushing touchdowns last Sunday in Jacksonville. They have 10 rushing TDs thus far, a pace that would give them 20 for the season, which would eclipse 2011’s mark by 11.
The game in Jacksonville was an anomaly of immense proportions. The 10 rushing TDs so far in 2012 are cute and all, nothing more.
Get it out of your head if you think the Lions have established a running game that will make them a quote-unquote balanced team.
The Lions will only go as far as the golden arm of Matthew Stafford will take them. Period.
Trouble is, that arm has been flinging the football high and wide, and low and outside. If Stafford was a pitcher, he’d be a young Sandy Koufax, who was described by a scout thusly: “He’d be a great pitcher, if the plate was high and outside.”
Stafford has his yards. He’s piling them up like a squirrel does with the nuts for the winter. He’s averaging about ...

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