As part of our season wrap-up series, the 2012 POD Awards roll on. Next up is the category for the Detroit Lions' Offensive Player of the Year. Here are the nominees:
QB Matthew Stafford
Stafford threw for 4,967 yards in 2012, just barely missing out on his second consecutive season with 5,000 yards. He had 20 touchdowns and 17 interceptions, as well as 4 rushing touchdowns.
RB Mikel Leshoure
Leshoure racked up 798 yards rushing and 214 yards receiving in 14 games. He had 9 rushing touchdowns in 2012.
RB Joique Bell
Bell only had 3 touchdowns on the season, but he had 414 yards rushing and 486 yards receiving despite not starting a single game.
WR Calvin Johnson
Johnson broke Jerry Rice's single-season receiving record with 1,964 yards receiving on 122 receptions. He had 5 touchdowns on the season.
OG Rob Sims
Sims started all 16 games for the Lions and was voted the team's most outstanding offensive lineman by his teammates.