Pro Bowl nod or not, Stafford's play a Lions strength

Posted Dec. 30, 2011 @ 11:10 p.m.
Posted By Mike Wilkening

The Lions have just one Pro Bowl representative: WR Calvin Johnson, who's played like a legitimate MVP candidate at various points in 2011. But head coach Jim Schwartz wasn't sweating the shortage of Pro Bowl berths. "It's good for our players to have recognition, but the best recognition comes from winning games, and we took a big step there (in Week 16) of getting into the playoffs," he told reporters. The Lions regained their bearings in the final weeks of the season, which can't be a negative as the postseason approaches. Wins at Oakland and against San Diego displayed the power of the passing game, with QB Matthew Stafford playing at a high level. Though Stafford was left off the star-studded NFC's Pro Bowl QB roster, we hear there is no doubt the No. 1 pick has played this season to the level the Lions believed he would reach. In 15 starts, Stafford has thrown for 4,518 yards and 36 TDs with just 14 interceptions in a decidedly pass-happy offense.