ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — No matter what problems the Detroit Lions still have this season, the terrific duo of Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson makes them a team to be feared.
Stafford is coming off his healthiest season, in which he threw for 5,038 yards. Johnson had 96 catches for 1,681 yards and 16 touchdowns.
Johnson was the second overall pick in the 2007 draft, and Stafford was taken first in 2009. It took a while for the combination to click, largely because Stafford’s first two seasons were interrupted by injuries.
In 2011, he started all 16 games, leading Detroit to its first playoff appearance in a dozen years. He threw 41 touchdown passes and 16 interceptions.