Lions' Stafford, Johnson not among favorites for big statistical seasons

The Detroit News

Quarterback Matthew Stafford and running back Kerryon Johnson are solidly entrenched in their starting jobs for the Detroit Lions.

Oddsmakers, though, don’t anticipate that either will have an especially prolific 2019 season.

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford throws to the end zone during practice. listed the 12 quarterbacks most likely to lead the NFL in touchdown passes and Stafford was not in the group. The list is led by Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes, who has 7-1 odds.

In a down season last year, Stafford threw 21 TD passes, tied for 17th in the NFL, and Mahomes led with 50.

Stafford’s career-high is 41 in 2011, and he has averaged 23.7 TD passes over 10 NFL seasons.

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Johnson had a productive rookie season despite missing six games due to injury. He averaged 5.4 yards on 118 carries for 641 yards and scored three TD.


1. Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City, 7-1

2. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis, 9-1

3. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay, 10-1

4. Baker Mayfield, Cleveland, 11-1

5. Matt Ryan, Atlanta, 11-1

6. Drew Brees, New Orleans, 12-1

7. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh, 12-1

8. Carson Wentz, Philadelphia, 14-1

9. Philip Rivers, L.A. Chargers, 15-1

10. Tom Brady, New England, 20-1

11. Jared Goff, L.A. Rams, 30-1

12. Russell Wilson, Seattle, 30-1

Field, 7-1


1. Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas, 4-1

2. Saquon Barkley, N.Y. Giants, 5-1

3. Joe Mixon, Cincinnati, 11-1

4. Derrick Henry, Tennessee, 12-1

5. Todd Gurley, L.A. Rams, 19-1

6. Le'Veon Bell, N.Y. Jets, 20-1

7. Nick Chubb, Cleveland, 24-1

8. James Conner, Pittsburgh, 24-1

9. Dalvin Cook, Minnesota, 28-1

10. David Johnson, Arizona, 28-1

11. Sony Michel, New England, 32-1

Field, 4-1