St Louis Rams vs Detroit Lions 2012 NFL Week 1 Point Spreads
The evolution of the young Detroit Lions has taken them from a team that has only made the playoffs twice within the last 13 seasons, to a squad that’s sure to give the Green Bay Packers a run for their money in the NFC North Divisional race.
As we enter Jim Schwartz’s fourth season as Lions head coach, fans of the Motor City will begin the year with high expectations. Last season, Detroit was able to muster a 10-6 record and made it to the playoffs for the first time since the 1999 campaign.
Despite being eliminated in the Wild Card round by the New Orleans Saints, the amount of experience attained by guys like quarterback Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson and others simply cannot be undermined.
With the best quarterback rating of his young career (97.2 QBR), Stafford threw for over five thousand yards (3rd in NFL: 5,038) and 41 touchdowns (3rd in NFL) only behind the Drew Breeses and the Tom Bradys of the world. Much like the city he represents and inspires him, Stafford believes that the Lions will bounce back from their early playoff exit a year ago and go deep into the postseason.
“I just want to say how thankful I am to share this with the city of Detroit that’s on a comeback of its own,” said the ESPYs for Comeback Athlete of the Year winner. “The city has been through a lot and we’re just one of the teams there that are trying to make them happy and proud, give them something to cheer for.”
But despite all the accolades and stats, Stafford was anything but a one-man show. In fact, on the receiving end of most of his throws and touchdown was none other than the man simply known as Megatron.
The chemistry developed by Stafford and Johnson was second to none in the league last year. The reigning NFL Receiving Yards Champion tallied a league-best 1,681 aerial yards to go along with his 16 TD, which were only second to New England Patriots’ superstar tight end, Rob Gronkowski.
But that’s not all! Megatron also registered the most 20-plus and 40-plus receiving plays than any other wideout in the league, not to mention also the most first downs at his position. As if all that weren’t impressive enough, the former second overall pick out of Georgia Tech had all but one single fumble all season long, which is was second best in the NFL.
The Lions will kickoff the 2012 NFL season by hosting the St. Louis Rams at Ford Field. This game is scheduled to get underway Sunday afternoon, September 9 at 1 PM ET and it’ll be broadcasted live on FOX.
According to 2012 NFL Week 1 Point Spreads, the Lions [-9] will be favored by three field goals over the visiting Rams [+9]. Furthermore, the projected OVER/UNDER line between St. Louis and Detroit is set at a combined total of 47 points. Sign up to receive free 2012 NFL Picks from the best football experts in the world!