Lions Notes: 2011 Was The Year Of The Offense

GREEN BAY, WI - JANUARY 01: Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions throws a pass against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on January 1, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Lions 45-41. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
  • The Lions set a franchise record for points in a season in 2011.
  • According to Michael Signora, the Lions/Packers contest was the first time in NFL history that two quarterbacks in the same game threw for at least 400 yards and five or more touchdowns. Unsurprisingly, the Lions and Packers also set a record for the most combined passing yards in one game.
  • Here's an amazing stat from Trey Wingo: Prior to 2011, there had been only two players to reach at least 5,000 passing yards in one season -- Drew Brees and Dan Marino. This season alone, three players threw for more than 5,000 yards -- Brees, Tom Brady and Matthew Stafford.
  • Given how much offense there was in 2011, it should come as no surprise that the record for the most points scored in one season was broken.
  • The Saints are favored by around 10 points for Saturday's game against the Lions. The total for the game is around 58, which is apparently one of the highest over/unders ever for a playoff game.
  • Oddsmakers aren't giving the Lions much of a chance to win the Super Bowl or even the NFC. According to Paula Pasche, the Lions are 30/1 to win the NFC title game and 60/1 to win the Super Bowl.
  • The Lions' move to pick up running back Joique Bell from the Saints practice squad last week could come in handy with Detroit set to play New Orleans. I hope he took a lot of notes on his playbook before he left for the Lions.
  • As part of their tampering punishment, the Lions will lose their sixth-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft since they made the playoffs.
  • Another draft note: Currently the Lions are slated to pick 26th in the first round based on record and tiebreakers. Where they ultimately end up in the first round will depend on when they exit the playoffs, but it turns out they can pick no earlier than 23rd since the Texans and Falcons had weaker schedules. As a result, no scenarios exist where the Lions can have the earliest pick among playoff teams. Of course, the hope is obviously that they will pick 32nd, as that would mean they are the Super Bowl champions.
  • SBNation.com has gifs of Jim Schwartz's reactions to all of the blown calls on Sunday at Green Bay.
  • Kevin Smith's helmet was actually cracked from the hit he received on his touchdown catch against the Packers.
  • According to a report, Calvin Johnson met incentives for the season on Sunday to trigger a $4.5 million contract bonus.
  • The bonuses teams will receive this year for the playoffs are out. Each player on a team that didn't win its division but made the playoffs will receive $19,000. Players on teams that did win their division and are playing in the wild-card round will get $21,000. That is the minimum for teams that make it to the divisional round but don't go any further. Players will receive $38,000 for making it to a conference championship game, and they can earn $83,000 for winning the Super Bowl or $42,000 for making it to the Super Bowl and losing. (Via Robert Raiola)
  • Congrats to Jettero2112 for winning the Pride of Detroit NFL pick'em group. He finished with a 177-79 record and edged Kona Gold and Gym Schwartz in the win column by one game.

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