Last week's contest between the Lions and Raiders was one for the ages. All season long, Lions fans have been waiting for this team to put it all together on offense on a more consistent basis, and the last few weeks Stafford and co. haven't disappointed. We've all seen glimpses of how potent the Lions can be with the talent they have on the offensive side of the ball. We saw it in the team's 1st meeting against the Bears. We saw again when they played the Broncos. Both of those offensive explosions came against teams that have good defenses. If the Lions are guilty of any crime at all this year it's for simply being "young." They've been in several games they were talented enough to win yet lost from shooting themselves in the foot with immature, bone headed mistakes.
In regard to the offense though, the one thing that has been the draw back on Stafford was his lack of trust in his WRs not named Calvin Johnson. If you take a close look at Detriot's offense, they are very similar to the 99-2000 Colts offense. Back then, Manning's favorite (and only) target was Marvin Harrison. By looking to him more than anyone else did get them into the playoffs, but it didn't get them past the 1st round. It wasn't until Peyton started discovering the rest of the talented pieces on that offense that he went to another level as a QB. Once he realized that Reggie Wayne, and Ken Dilger were not bad options to throw to at all, he improved dramatically as did the offense overall.
The Lions are a lot like the Colts were back then now. What should excite Lions fans is not only the fact that this team hasn't reached it's full potential yet, but that it could be even better than those Colts. As gifted as Marvin Harrison was as a WR, Megatron is in a class all by himself. He's a man among boys. When you are 6-5 and can run a 4-3 40 as far as I'm concerned you're always open. A specimen like that on your team he makes every aspect of your offense open up. Once Stafford starts gaining trust and utilizing the rest of his offensive weapons like Burleson, Pettigrew and even Titus Young on a more consistent basis, the Lions are going to be an extremely difficult team to stop as an offense. This will take time even though we have seen signs Of Stafford growing as a QB over the last few weeks. The one component I think that really needs the most improvement though is the run game. Playoffs are just around the corner and the formula for post season success hasn't changed: "You can win in the regular season with passing, but you get deep into the post season by running." Withe the core of young talent on the team in place, the Lions are going to be a dangerous team for years to come.