Detroit's offense displayed the capability of executing explosive plays and gaining yards in large chunks in 2019.
Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell is known for tailoring offenses that feature a physical rushing attack and taking calculated risks down the field.
Supporters of the Seahawks and Vikings fell out of favor with Bevell due to some questionable offensive play-calling that left supporters wanting more excitement in the era of high-powered NFL offenses.
In NFL analyst Warren Sharp's book reviewing what he learned in 2019 and previewing the upcoming 2020 season, a statistic emerged that highlighted a contributing factor in Detroit's struggles closing out games last season.
It was eye-opening the sheer number of occasions Detroit could not hold on to leads last season.
"Part of it had to do with their play selection on first-down. Weeks 1 through 9, despite Matthew Stafford leading the NFL with 9.5 YPA in the first half, the Lions came out of the locker room and ran the ball on 60% of their first-down play calls. This was a rate well above what the Lions ran on first downs in the first half," Sharp writes.
Sharp noted, "These runs gained a terrible 2.7 YPC and produced a 25% success rate."
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Could Detroit continue to revert to predictable play-calling now that they have drafted a new running back and revamped the offensive line?
Supporters must hope that the play-calling is more aggressive and less predictable in 2020.