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  Broncos | Peyton Manning sets new TD mark    Mon Oct 7, 01:46 AM

Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning set a new touchdown record through five games when he threw his 19th touchdown pass of the season to TE Julius Thomas. Manning broke the previous record of 18, set by former Minnesota Vikings QB Daunte Culpepper in 2004. Manning now has 20 touchdowns through five games.

Footballguys view: Manning is on an insane level right now. The Broncos are making it look easy offensively as multiple options are open on each play. Manning is making history every week, and he could own many single season records by the end of the year.

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  NFL | Daunte Culpepper says career over    Sun Jul 1, 02:48 PM

Free-agent QB Daunte Culpepper (Lions) said he does not expect to play again and has moved on with his life. 'As far as me playing, I think I am done,'' Culpepper said. 'That part of my book is closed. The next chapter is, I have kids and I will be coaching them.'

Footballguys view: He'll be getting his roll on somewhere on the golf course during his retirement.

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  49ers | Not ruling out Daunte Culpepper    Wed Aug 17, 12:50 AM

San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh said Tuesday, Aug. 16, that even though the team did not offer QB Daunte Culpepper after his workout, that option is still not off the table. 'I wouldn't rule that out,' Harbaugh said.

Footballguys view: If Culpepper is signed, that's an indictment of either one or both of the current QBs ability to start this year by the coaches.

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  49ers | Daunte Culpepper does not sign     Tue Aug 16, 10:56 AM

Free-agent QB Daunte Culpepper (Lions) worked out for the San Francisco 49ers Monday, Aug. 15, but did not sign a contract.

Footballguys view: No getting his roll on yet for CPepp. The 49ers are looking for better competition at the QB position, but apparently need to think about adding Culpepper.

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  49ers | Expected to sign Daunte Culpepper    Mon Aug 15, 03:03 PM

Updating a previous report, the San Francisco 49ers are expected to sign free-agent QB Daunte Culpepper (Lions) to a one-year contract.

Footballguys view: We can't wait to see CPepp get his roll on for the 49ers. Alex Smith and Colin Kaepernick were not impressive in their preseason debut, thus the team felt a need to look at the veteran Culpepper.

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  49ers | Daunte Culpepper to work out     Mon Aug 15, 09:55 AM

The San Francisco 49ers will work out free-agent QB Daunte Culpepper (Lions) Monday, Aug. 15.

Footballguys view: The 49ers QBs combined for a whopping 11 completions on 26 attempts with 0 touchdowns and 2 interceptions in their preseason game against the Saints this weekend. Alex Smith looked bad and rookie Colin Kaepernick looked worse. We'll give the rookie a break but Smith should play better than that at this point in his career. The starting job is wide open according to 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, but Culpepper could be added to the mix soon. CPepp hasn't gotten his roll on in the NFL since a stint with the Lions in 2009.

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  UFL | Daunte Culpepper signs with Sacramento    Mon Jun 7, 02:19 PM

Unrestricted free-agent QB Daunte Culpepper (Lions) has signed with the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the United Football League, reports Aaron Wilson, of NationalFootballPost.com. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Culpepper is reunited with Dennis Green, so he might be worth a high pick in any leagues full of people depraved enough to play fantasy UFL.

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  UFL | Daunte Culpepper close to signing    Tue May 18, 05:07 PM

Free-agent QB Daunte Culpepper (Lions) is close to signing with the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the UFL, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The deal will make Culpepper one of the marquee names in the league.

Footballguys view: Culpepper would be reunited with former Vikings coach Dennis Green.

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  Bills | Culpepper interested in signing    Wed Mar 24, 11:15 AM

Allen Wilson, of The Buffalo News, reports free-agent QB Daunte Culpepper (Lions) would be interested in signing with the Buffalo Bills. 'I would love to play for them,' Culpepper said Tuesday, March 23. 'It would be great to have a chance to go up there and compete. All I need is the opportunity. Buffalo, give me a call.'

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  Bills | Do not appear interested in Culpepper    Tue Mar 23, 10:29 AM

Adam Schefter, of ESPN, reports via Twitter that Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey said he has not seen free-agent QB Daunte Culpepper (Lions) play in a long time when asked to comment about the quarterback.

Footballguys view: Culpepper should be in the NFL next year, but he may have to wait until training camp when players start to get injured before any other team will take a chance on him.

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  Lions | Culpepper to seek offer but could return    Tue Feb 16, 02:45 PM

Kevin Seifert, of ESPN.com, reports Detroit Lions impending free-agent QB Daunte Culpepper will seek other offers during the offseason but it is possible that he re-signs with the Lions if he does not find what he is looking for in free agency.

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  Lions | Culpepper unlikely to re-sign     Fri Jan 8, 01:25 PM

Updating previous reports, Joe Fortenbaugh, of the National Football Post, reports the Detroit Lions are not interested in re-signing impending free-agent QB Daunte Culpepper and there is very little chance he will return to the team, according to a source.

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  Lions | Culpepper open to re-signing    Fri Jan 8, 12:01 PM

Tom Kowalski, of MLive.com, reports Detroit Lions QB Daunte Culpepper, who is an impending free agent, said that he would be open to re-signing with the team during the offseason. General manager Martin Mayhew did not rule out the possibility of re-signing Culpepper.

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  Lions | Could bring back Culpepper    Thu Jan 7, 02:44 PM

Tom Kowalski, of MLive.com, reports Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said the Lions could re-sign QB Daunte Culpepper during the offseason.

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  Lions | Culpepper unlikely to return to team next season     Wed Jan 6, 10:54 PM

Tom Kowalski, of Mlive.com, reports Detroit Lions QB Daunte Culpepper is unlikely to return to the team in 2010. The Lions will likely bring in a veteran quarterback to compete for the No. 2 quarterback job next season.

Footballguys view: Matthew Stafford is the Lions franchise quarterback, so Culpepper has little chance of starting in Detroit unless the young gunslinger is hurt.

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  Lions | 11 will be unrestricted free agents     Tue Jan 5, 11:21 PM

John Niyo, of The Detroit News, reports Detroit Lions QB Daunte Culpepper, LB Vinny Ciurciu, OT Damion Cook, TE Casey FitzSimmons, TE Will Heller, LB Larry Foote, CB Anthony Henry, CB William James, OT Jon Jansen, S Marquand Manuel and QB Patrick Ramsey will be unrestricted free agents this offseason.

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  Lions | Culpepper solid in Week 17    Sun Jan 3, 05:04 PM

The Associated Press reports Detroit Lions QB Daunte Culpepper went 23-for-34 for 262 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in Week 17.

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  Lions | Culpepper expecting to start Week 17    Thu Dec 31, 10:11 AM

John Niyo, of the Detroit News, reports Detroit Lions QB Daunte Culpepper sounds like he is expecting to start in Week 17. Culpepper worked with the first-team offense during practice Wednesday, Dec. 30. Head coach Jim Schwartz has not named the start for the game.

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  Lions | Culpepper takes first-team reps Wednesday    Wed Dec 30, 03:32 PM

John Niyo, of The Detroit News, reports Detroit Lions QB Daunte Culpepper took the first-team repetitions in the early portion of practice open to the media Wednesday, Dec. 30, over QB Drew Stanton, who struggled in Week 16. Head coach Jim Schwartz said he will leave open the possibility of splitting the first-team reps between Culpepper and Stanton this week.

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  Lions | Only factor for deciding QB is winning    Mon Dec 28, 10:26 PM

Carlos Monarrez, of the Detroit Free Press, reports Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said the only factor for deciding his starting quarterback for Week 17 is winning. Schwartz has not said whether QB Drew Stanton or QB Daunte Culpepper would start the game. Schwartz said, "So the decisions we'll make will be based on where we are offensively, what gives us the best chance to win this game. It won't have anything to do with finding out about players further on down the line and everything else. That hasn't been part of the M.O. from the beginning here, and it won't be."

Footballguys view: If Schwartz is trying to pick the QB that gives the Lions the best chance of winning, we're not sure how that works with two QBs who seem to give the team no chance of coming out on top.

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  Lions | Schwartz not naming starting QB for Week 17    Mon Dec 28, 04:19 PM

Tom Kowalski, of MLive.com, reports Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz has not said if QB Drew Stanton or QB Daunte Culpepper will start in Week 17.

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  Lions | Stanton throws three picks Week 16    Sun Dec 27, 07:45 PM

The Associated Press reports Detroit Lions QB Drew Stanton was 11-for-21 for 130 yards with three interceptions Week 16 against the San Francisco 49ers. He was replaced n the fourth quarter by QB Daunte Culpepper, who finished 7-for-12 for 51 yards.

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  Lions | Schwartz will not name starting QB for Week 16    Mon Dec 21, 04:46 PM

Tom Kowalski, of MLive.com, reports Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz would not say if QB Daunte Culpepper or QB Drew Stanton will start in Week 16. Schwartz would not rule out QB Matthew Stafford (shoulder) for Week 16 but said his should is definitely still a concern.

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  Lions | Culpepper, Stanton struggle Week 15    Sun Dec 20, 05:42 PM

The Associated Press reports Detroit Lions QB Daunte Culpepper was 6-for-12 for 64 yards with an interception Week 15. QB Drew Stanton replaced Culpepper in the second half and was 10-for-19 for 72 yards with an interception, but he did have a one-yard touchdown run in the game.

Footballguys view: The Lions need to draft or sign another QB next year to groom to backup Matthew Stafford, because they don't have a suitable backup on the roster right now.

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  Lions | Culpepper to start in Week 15    Fri Dec 18, 02:33 PM

Carlos Monarrez, of the Detroit Free Press, reports Detroit Lions QB Daunte Culpepper will start the team's Week 15 game with QB Matthew Stafford (shoulder) injured.

Footballguys view: We'd be surprised if the Lions offense can top 250 total yards and 10 points with Culpepper at the helm.

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  Lions | Stafford unlikely to start in Week 15    Wed Dec 16, 05:02 PM

Chrissie Wywrot, of DetroitLions.com, reports Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford (shoulder) is unlikely to play in Week 15, according to head coach Jim Schwartz. 'He's probably in the same boat that he was,' Schwartz said. 'He's making progress. We'll see, but he's not likely to play, but things can change, but he's not likely to play. His status really hasn't changed. He's still making progress. He's getting a little better but he's still a ways away.' QB Daunte Culpepper would start in Stafford's place.

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  Lions | Culpepper throws two INTs Week 14    Sun Dec 13, 06:00 PM

The Associated Press reports Detroit Lions QB Daunte Culpepper went 16-for-34 for 135 yards and two interceptions in Week 14.

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  Lions | Culpepper to start Week 14    Wed Dec 9, 02:23 PM

Tom Kowalski, of MLive.com, reports Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz has named QB Daunte Culpepper as the starting quarterback for Week 14.

Footballguys view: Culpepper has been chomping at the bit to get onto the playing field, and the veteran should look to hook up with Calvin Johnson the same way he hooked up with Randy Moss when they played for the Vikings. The Ravens defense can be taken advantage of through the air, and the Lions may have to go pass happy if they fall behind early.

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  Lions | Culpepper upset about not starting Week 12    Fri Nov 27, 12:08 PM

Nicholas J. Cotsonika, of the Detroit Free Press, reports Detroit Lions QB Daunte Culpepper was upset that the Lions started QB Matthew Stafford (shoulder) in Week 12 instead of him. Culpepper initially did not warm up before the game but eventually went on the field after an animated conversation with general manager Martin Mayhew. 'Daunte's a competitor. He wants to be out there. We want backups that want to be out there. I'd much rather have that situation with Daunte than a guy that just tips his cap and says, 'Fine.' He still views himself as a starting quarterback, and rightfully so. But Matt's our starter, and when he's healthy enough, he'll be out there,' head coach Jim Schwartz said.

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  Lions | Culpepper disappointed he didn't start    Thu Nov 26, 01:04 PM

Pam Oliver, of FOX Sports, reports Detroit Lions backup QB Daunte Culpepper appeared disappointed after he did not start the team's Thanksgiving Day game against the Green Bay Packers Thursday, Nov. 26.

Footballguys view: Culpepper was expected to start after Matthew Stafford was listed as doubtful for the game and missed practice during the week. When asked about the situation, Culpepper told Pam Oliver he did not want to talk about it.

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  Lions | Culpepper could start Week 12    Mon Nov 23, 05:18 PM

Nicholas J. Cotsonika, of the Detroit Free Press, reports Detroit Lions QB Daunte Culpepper would start in Week 12 if QB Matthew Stafford (shoulder) were not able to play.

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  Lions | Four return to practice Tuesday    Tue Oct 27, 03:53 PM

Nicholas J. Cotsonika, of the Detroit Free Press, reports Detroit Lions WR Daunte Culpepper (knee), FS Ko Simpson (hamstring), DL Dewayne White (hamstring) and DL Sammie Hill (ankle) all returned to practice Tuesday, Oct. 27.

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  Lions | Stafford says season isn't in jeopardy    Mon Oct 19, 07:21 PM

Nicholas J. Cotsonika, of the Detroit Free Press, reports that Lions QB Matthew Stafford said no one has told him his season is in jeopardy because of possible surgery on his injured knee. "That's nothing that anybody's telling me, for sure," Stafford said. "Where these rumors come from is beyond me. ... I just don't know where any of this is coming from - where I'm supposed to be and who I'm meeting with an all that. That's just all false."

Footballguys view: On the other hand, head coach Jim Schwartz wouldn't commit to Stafford returning to practice next week, or the week after, or the week after that. Stafford apparently had swelling after he tried to practice last Wednesday. Drew Stanton is a good pre-emptive pickup in start 2 QB leagues right now.

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  Lions | Culpepper benched during Week 6    Sun Oct 18, 03:18 PM

Detroit Lions QB Daunte Culpepper, who hit six of 14 passes for 48 yards with an interception, has been benched in favor of QB Drew Stanton against the Green Bay Packers.

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  Lions | Stafford to be game-time decision for Week 6    Sat Oct 17, 12:01 PM

George Sipple, of the Detroit Free Press, reports Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford (knee) will be a game-time decision for Week 6, according to head coach Jim Schwartz. 'We'll lean on our injury report and then we'll make a decision Sunday morning of what we're going to do. I actually will announce our decision Sunday morning.' QB Daunte Culpepper will start if Stafford is unable to play.

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  Lions | Schwartz says Stafford remains starting quarterback    Tue Oct 13, 12:05 PM

Nicholas J. Cotsonika, of the Detroit Free Press, reports Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz reiterated Monday, Oct. 12, that QB Matthew Stafford (knee) remains the team's starting quarterback. However, Stafford's status for Week 6 remains uncertain with a knee injury. Schwartz said the team would see how much Stafford practices and how his knee progresses throughout the week. Stafford does not necessarily need to be 100 percent, but must be mobile enough to escape trouble and protect himself. If he can't play, QB Daunte Culpepper would start.

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  Lions | Culpepper will start Week 5    Sun Oct 11, 11:41 AM

Updating previous reports, Kara Henderson, of the NFL Network, reports Detroit Lions QB Daunte Culpepper will start Week 5 in place of QB Matthew Stafford (knee).

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  Lions | Linehan will not call plays differently if Culpepper starts    Fri Oct 9, 10:11 AM

Tim Twentyman, of The Detroit News, reports Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said he will not necessarily change his play calling if QB Daunte Culpepper starts in Week 5. Linehan said he would call more plays Culpepper was comfortable with during the game.

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  Lions | Linehan will not call plays differently if Culpepper starts    Fri Oct 9, 10:11 AM

Tim Twentyman, of The Detroit News, reports Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said he will not necessarily change his play calling if QB Daunte Culpepper starts in Week 5. Linehan said he would call more plays Culpepper were comfortable with during the game.

Footballguys view: Culpepper is a savvy veteran, so there's no need to limit the playbook if gets to start this week against the Steelers. The Lions should be forced to abandon the running game early against a tough Pittsburgh D, and that means more opportunity for CPepp and the rest of the passing game.

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  Lions | Culpepper expected to start Week 5    Thu Oct 8, 05:12 PM

Nicholas J. Cotsonika, of the Detroit Free Press, reports Detroit Lions QB Daunte Culpepper is expected to start in Week 5. Culpepper may not throw many down the field passes during the game based on his preseason performances.

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  Lions | Culpepper works with first team Wednesday    Wed Oct 7, 03:20 PM

ESPN.com reports Detroit Lions QB Daunte Culpepper worked with the first-team offense during practice Wednesday, Oct. 7.

Footballguys view: Culpepper is one of the best backup quarterbacks in the league, and should have no problem leading this Lions offense while Matthew Stafford is out.

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  Lions | Clayton: Look for Stafford to sit on Sunday    Tue Oct 6, 06:56 PM

John Clayton, of ESPN.com, reports that he believed the Lions will rest QB Matthew Stafford even though his knee injury is not serious. His kneecap popped in and out of place, and that is an injury he also suffered in high school "horsing around" with his friends. Clayton thinks the Lions will use Daunte Culpepper for the next two games and bring back Stafford after their week 7 bye.

Footballguys view: Calvin Johnson and Kevin Smith's value take little, if any hit when Stafford misses time because Culpepper is one of the most capable backup QBs in the league.

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  Lions | Stafford injures knee Week 4    Sun Oct 4, 07:05 PM

The Associated Press reports Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford (knee) twisted his right knee during the team's Week 4 game. QB Daunte Culpepper replaced Stafford, who will undergo more tests in Detroit.

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  Lions | Culpepper in at quarterback    Sun Oct 4, 03:57 PM

Detroit Lions QB Daunte Culpepper has replaced QB Matthew Stafford (knee) in the starting lineup against the Chicago Bears.

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  Lions | Culpepper supports quarterback decision     Wed Sep 9, 09:13 AM

Carlos Monarrez, of the Detroit Free Press, reports Detroit Lions QB Daunte Culpepper issued a statement Tuesday, Sept. 8, in support of head coach Jim Schwartz's decision to start QB Matthew Stafford. 'My position is that if you want to be the best you have to beat the best,' Culpepper said in the statement. 'Coach Schwartz gave me a fair opportunity to compete for the starting job and now the decision has been made that Matt is the best quarterback in Detroit. I support the decision and I am ready to settle into my role. Matt is a great guy and a talented young quarterback. I am confident that he will lead this team to plenty of victories in Detroit for a long time to come. I look forward to helping Matt in that mission in any way that I can this year.'

Footballguys view: Culpepper is being classy in the media, projecting himself as a good teammate, which could help him as he is likely to be looking for work next year.

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  Lions | Locker room somber following Stafford announcement?    Tue Sep 8, 01:25 PM

Tom Kowalski, of Mlive.com, reports there was a bittersweet feeling in the Detroit Lions' locker room following the team's decision to start QB Matthew Stafford in Week 1. Although players recognize Stafford's talent and potential, the veterans have grown fond of QB Daunte Culpepper and respect the strides he made throughout the offseason. The veterans felt bad for Culpepper that he did not win the starting job.

Footballguys view: Culpepper proved that he can still play at a fairly high level in this league, but now will have to wait for another opportunity. Stafford will have a long leash, but if the rookie struggles we could hear some rumblings from within the lockerroom fairly quickly.

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  Lions | Schwartz: Stafford as starter is not 'experiment'    Mon Sep 7, 07:41 PM

Tom Kowalski, of Mlive.com, reports that Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said QB Matthew Stafford is secure as the starter. "This isn't an internship or an experiment," Schwartz said.

Footballguys view: We commend Schwartz's full vote of confidence in Stafford, because it will likely get ugly against early opponents like Pittsburgh and Minnesota.

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  Lions | Fair performance from Stafford could clinch starting job    Thu Sep 3, 07:44 PM

Brian VanOchten, of the Grand Rapids Press, believes that a fair performance from QB Matthew Stafford will clinch the Lions starting QB job. His competitor, Daunte Culpepper, is sidelined after having to get eight stitches in foot. VanOchten thinks it would be a "huge upset" if Stafford doesn't win the job.

Footballguys view: The Lions early schedule includes Chicago, Minnesota, Pittsburgh, Washington, and two of the hottest preseason defenses, Green Bay and New Orleans. Stafford will certainly make his share of rookie mistakes in those games, but starting from week 1 on could make the Lions offense more viable by the second half of the season. Calvin Johnson owners could also benefit from Stafford's big arm being in for all 16 games.

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  Lions | Culpepper will not play Thursday    Thu Sep 3, 04:59 PM

John Niyo, of the Detroit News, reports Detroit Lions QB Daunte Culpepper will not play in the team's preseason finale Thursday, Sept. 3.

Footballguys view: Matthew Stafford will get to start in the preseason finale, and is expected to play around 25 plays. After that, the Lions will plug in Brooks Bollinger. We may also see the debut of Kevin O'Connell in a Lions uniform, but not until the fourth quarter.

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  Lions | Stafford more aggressive than Culpepper    Wed Sep 2, 07:21 PM

Tom Kowalski, of mlive.com, reports that Lions QB Matthew Stafford is more aggressive than Daunte Culpepper, and that Stafford is "in love with his arm, and he wants to take it for a test drive whenever he can." Kowalski added, "I think you're going to see him going downfield to Calvin Johnson, even when a cornerback thinks that he has great coverage on him."

Footballguys view: We expected this kind of talk from the moment Stafford was drafted. He also looked for the huge gain when the play broke down at Georgia, and he has the best jumpball receiver in the league to go after his 60-yard bombs off of his back foot on the run. Johnson could put up Randy Moss-type numbers once Stafford is up to speed.

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