It’s officially Week 1 of the 2020 NFL season. It’s almost surreal to think that actual regular season football is happening after an offseason shrouded in darkness. No preseason game. No fans at training camp. We’ve got little idea of what to expect of the Lions or any other team in the NFL.
But that won’t stop us from making our preseason predictions. Why not take the opportunity to embarrass ourselves? Isn’t that what this profession is really about? You take wild swings in the dark, stunt on people when you’re right and pretend it never happened when people try to point out your misses.
So it’s officially prediction week at Pride of Detroit. Here’s the schedule for our predictions this week:
Monday: Lions Offensive MVP
Tuesday: Lions Defensive MVP
Wednesday: Lions rookie of the year
Thursday: NFC North winner
Friday: Lions 2020 record
Saturday: The future of Matt Patricia, Bob Quinn
So without further ado, let’s kick off Week 1 with our predictions for 2020 Lions Offensive Player of the Year.
Andrew Kato: Matthew Stafford
Matthew Stafford’s back, followed by Matthew Stafford’s right arm. There is no other player more obviously important to the successful operation of the offense than Stafford after what we saw in the two halves of last season.
Mike Payton: Matthew Stafford
The answer is the same as always. It’s Matthew Stafford. We saw what happens to this team last year when they lost their starter. The wheels came off, and the season was lost.
Kyle Yost: Matthew Stafford
No use in overthinking it. I do think that multiple skill players will have good seasons, but I wonder statistically if no one really stands out because Stafford ends up sharing the wealth so well. Even if he takes a step back from his pre-injury 2019 pace, Stafford is set up to have a very productive 2020.
Hamza Baccouche: Matthew Stafford
C’mon. Nobody else is even in the conversation. We all saw what happened when Stafford went down last year. The Lions win and lose with his right arm.
John Whiticar: Matthew Stafford
Matthew Stafford will be the Lions’ offensive MVP. To no surprise, this team fell apart when he went down in 2019. The Lions have a better backup this year, sure, but any success the Lions find will be thanks to Stafford.
Chris Perfett: Matthew Stafford
Matthew Stafford* ** † ‡
*Assuming he doesn’t get hurt
**Assuming his offensive line hasn’t been replaced by gingerbread men
† Seriously I feel like we just answer this as Stafford or else you rip away our press badges, Jeremy. There’s no contest when a quarterback is involved. I really wanted to gush on Kenny Golladay here but Stafford just sits there, massive, imposing, Colossus of Rhodes.
‡ I write all this completely knowing that I said Stafford needs to have a MVP-calibre season on the last PODcast.
Justin Simon: Matthew Stafford
The only real answer is Matthew Stafford. With Stafford on the field, the Lions are a potential playoff contender. Without him, well, you get what happened last season. Stafford seems poised to another leap in year two of Darrell Bevell’s offense, and it wouldn’t surprise me at all to see him pick up where he left off before the back injury. The offense has the potential to be a top-five unit in the NFL if everyone stays healthy.
Kellie Rowe: Matthew Stafford
The veteran gunslinger is coming back bigger and stronger than ever. Stafford threw himself into the MVP conversation last season, on pace for a 5,000-yard season before his devastating back injury. In eight games, he averaged 312.4 passing yards per game and 8.6 yards per attempt—both of those ranking second-best in the league. Stafford was clearly flourishing under Darrell Bevell’s rivitalized offense. Now with added weapons in his supporting cast, this. is. his. year.
Ryan Mathews: Matthew Stafford
It can only be one guy: Matthew Stafford. He’s the straw that stirs the drink and he makes other players better. If he has something that resembles the first half of 2019 before he was injured, he’s going to be this team’s MVP.
Jeremy Reisman: Matthew Stafford
I’m not going to be the guy that goes against the grain just to go against the grain. As we saw last year, as goes Matthew Stafford, so goes the Lions. However, let me play a little devil’s advocate here.
The Lions are clearly trying to change their identity, and they have since Matt Patricia came to town. With all of the weapons added to the running game, this team doesn’t want to rely on Stafford as much as they have. They don’t want Stafford throwing for 5,000 yards or 50 touchdowns. A nice 200-yard game plus another 150 from the running game is their ideal scenario.
Unfortunately, the running game is so compartmentalized that no individual will come close to the impact Stafford has. So he’s still the guy.
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