The Detroit Lions are certainly having an interesting year as they currently sit at 2-3 but are having some big performances.
The Lions are third in the NFC North standings and life after Calvin Johnson is not proving to be too difficult for Detroit.
A missing piece?
Johnson will go down as one of the best receivers in NFL history and his retirement was expected to be the beginning of the end for Detroit.
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Instead, we have seen the Lions move on without him and more importantly, quarterback Matt Stafford has been firing as normal.
Stafford has already thrown for over 1,300 yards this season, completing 10 touchdown passes for just four interceptions.
With Stafford seemingly not slowing down despite losing Johnson, Detroit Lions offensive co-ordinator Jim Bob Cooter has been full of praise for his quarterback.
Recently hinting that Stafford is a better player without Johnson, Cooter analysed the progress of his play maker.
"I do think he was better than he was the last year, two years ago, three years ago," - Cooter on Stafford
The Lions have pulled off wins against the Indianapolis Colts and against the previously unbeaten Philadelphia Eagles.
One of the benefits for Detroit this year is that they're seeing defenses actually employ the same schemes they do against other teams.
According to Stafford, he's:
"not seeing as many crazy kick-to-Calvin coverages,"
Whatever the difference is for Detroit, they could certainly do with more of it if they hope to salvage a winning record in 2016.
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