Vegas Has Four Lions To Watch In 2020


Quick, name the last Lions player to lead the NFL in a major statistical category. Hint: it happened last season.

That's right, Kenny Golladay caught the most touchdowns in the league (11) in 2019, announcing himself as one of the best receivers in the game. His peers have taken notice. So has Vegas. 

Of the four Lions listed by as candidates to pace the NFL at their respective positions next season, Golladay has the best odds.

He's 18-1 to lead the league in receiving yards, tied for 13th with Keenan Allen of the Chargers and TY Hilton of the Colts. The favorite is last year's winner Michael Tomas of the Saints at 6-1. Golladay finished 7th in receiving yards last season with 1,190 and could certainly top that in 2020. 

Next is Matthew Stafford, who's 25-1 to lead the NFL in passing yards. That's tied for 12th with Jimmy Garoppolo of the 49ers and Philip Rivers of the Colts. The Saints' Drew Brees is the 5-1 favorite.

Stafford might be Detroit's best bet. He thrived in a new offense under Darrell Bevell last year, posting a career-best 106.0 passer rating through eight games before he went down a back injury. Had Stafford maintained his first-half pace he would have finished second in the NFL in yards. 

Third on the list is Kerryon Johnson. The third-year running back is 33-1 to lead the NFL in rushing yards, tied for 30th with Adrian Peterson of the Redskins and David Johnson of the Texans. Last year's rushing champ Derrick Henry is the favorite at 6-1 

Johnson's a hard player to trust. He's shown his talent in Detroit, but he's missed significant time each of his first two seasons with injures. What's more, the Lions don't run the kind of offense that uses a bellcow back. 

The last name to watch is defensive end Trey Flowers. He's 66-1 to win Defensive Player of the Year. That's tied for 35th with the likes of Melvin Ingram of the Chargers and Marcus Davenport of the Saints. The favorite is two-time winner Aaron Donald of the Rams. 

Flowers had a slow start to his first season in Detroit, but came on strong in the second half. He finished with 7.0 sacks, eight tackles for loss and two forced fumbles in 15 games. He'll have to double that production to sniff a major individual award in 2020. 

If there's one thing this list illustrates, it's that the Lions need more top-end talent. They have the chance to add another playmaker with the third overall pick in the draft -- and perhaps another candidate for Defensive Player of the Year.