Offensive firepower was on display in Detroit

10/28/13 in NFL   |   patrickhoffman3530   |   108 respect

Oct 20, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) looks to pass during the second quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY SportsThere is no doubt that when a team is in the same division as the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears, said team will get looked over as not being as tough to play or one that will have trouble making the playoffs.

That is definitely not the case so far this season. While the Packers are 5-2 and the Bears are 4-3, the team in the NFC North that should be attracting the most attention is the Detroit Lions. After the team’s exciting 31-30 come from behind victory over the Dallas Cowboys, this is now a fact.

Looking at the numbers this season, the Lions are an offensive juggernaut. After yesterday’s thrilling victory, the team has now scored 217 points, good for third in the league in that category.

For the Lions, the team’s offense ultimately starts and ends with quarterback Matthew Stafford. Stafford certainly has not disappointed this season.

In eight games, Stafford has thrown for 2,617 yards, has a completed 62.1 percent of his passes, and has thrown for 16 touchdowns and just six interceptions. The 25-year-old quarterback has produced offensively year in and year out for the Lions and has made them an extremely dangerous team in the NFC.

One of the reasons Stafford makes this team tough to play against is his ability to come back late in games. In their win over the Cowboys, the Lions were losing by six points with just under a minute to go and Stafford led his team down the field with two big passing plays to Kris Durham (40-yard pass) and Calvin Johnson (22-yard pass) before running it into the end zone himself with 12 seconds to play.

Speaking of Johnson, a.k.a. “Megatron”, he is an absolute receiving machine for the Lions. In this game alone, Johnson had a record day as he picked up 329 yards on 14 catches with one touchdown.

Johnson, who had an unbelievable year last season, is having another great year for this Lions football team. In eight games, Johnson has 47 receptions for 821 yards with seven touchdowns.

Not only are the Lions getting terrific offensive numbers from Stafford and Johnson, but they are also getting great numbers and play from running back Reggie Bush. Bush has given the Lions another offensive option and one that has been a perfect addition to the dynamic duo of Stafford and Johnson.

This season, Bush has picked-up 518 yards on the ground 119 carriers with two touchdowns. He has also been a threat as another receiver as he has totaled 335 yards on 31 receptions with two touchdowns.

If the Lions can continue with this kind of offensive play, they are going to be a tough team to beat come late December and early January.
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