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Lions notes: Matthew Stafford was perfect in the red zone last year

Much of the reason the Lions were so good in the red zone last year was Matthew Stafford.

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  • The Detroit Lions offense was mediocre in 2015, but in red zone efficiency, they were one of the league's best. Matthew Stafford is a big reason why:
  • Bill Barnwell of ESPN projected each team's chances of having a Hall of Famer on their current roster. He gave the Lions just a 1-10 percent chance, which is hard to argue against now that Calvin Johnson is gone. He credits Matthew Stafford, Ezekiel Ansah, Anquan Boldin and Haloti Ngata as the most likely candidates. Considering two of those players built their careers elsewhere, that is a saddening state of affairs.

  • Caraun Reid is feeling much better after having surgery on his ankle. That injury apparently slowed him all year in 2015. 

  • SideLion Report has five predictions for the Detroit Lions 2016 season.

  • Former Lions running back Reggie Bush has a new home:
  • Tom Jackson is officially retiring from ESPN. He has been a fixture of their NFL coverage for over two decades and NFL Primetime is going to be strange without him. 

  • Excellent troll job, Pro Football Hall of Fame:

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