It takes a special player to disappoint everyone, in a 4900-yard season (Getty Images)
Things did not exactly end well for the Detroit Lions last season. The team lost its last eight games, often in improbable and excruciating fashion. In Weeks 11-13, the Lions managed to lose three straight home games in which they held leads inside the final 2 minutes of regulation. That ain't easy.
Detroit had nine single-digit losses last season, dropping five of those games by margins of four points or less. They lost a game when the head coach threw an illegal challenge flag, following a brutal non-call. They lost another game because they botched an opportunity to kick a chip-shot OT field goal on fourth down. The Lions went 0-6 within the division last season and 2-6 at Ford Field, posting the worst home record in the NFC.
Without piling on any further, let's simply say that 2012 was a messy year for this franchise, loaded with near-misses.
Even the incomparable Calvin Johnson, in the midst of an all-time season, had a weird habit of not quite breaking the plane when he got himself near the goal line. Johnson was tackled at the 1-yard line five times last year, and he was brought down inside the 5 on eight separate occasions. So while Megatron managed to establish a new NFL record for single-season receiving yardage, his fantasy production actually dipped by nearly 40 points in standard leagues from 2011 to 2012.Read More »from Juggernaut Index, No. 12: The Detroit Lions