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QB Matthew Stafford - Detroit Lions

6-2, 225Born: 2-7-1988College: GeorgiaDrafted: Round 1, pick 1

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 26): Stafford was able to hit Marvin Jones for two big downfield touchdowns that Jones helped create, and the offense continues to run through him. The running game is not getting out of neutral without Ameer Abdullah and the weak Bears second is up next. Stafford is a solid QB1 going forward.

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Recent Stats and Projections

1 at IND 65 31 39 340 3 0 2 5 0 0 29.5
2 vs TEN 79 22 40 260 1 1 2 31 0 0 19.1
3 at GB 68 28 41 385 3 1 2 11 0 0 31.35
4 at CHI PROJ-Tremblay * 24 38 * * * 2 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 3 vs GB (28 / 41 / 385 / 3 / 1 pass, 2 / 11 / 0 rush)

Stafford had a very good day on the road in a hostile environment at Lambeau Field, but he was helped by the game script that forced him to throw and score just to keep pace with the high flying Packers offense. The Packers took the opening kickoff and easily carved up the Lions defense to score a quick seven points. Stafford drove the Lions into Packers territory hitting his receivers in stride and taking what the defense was giving him in in the middle of the field. However, on third down and needing 16 yards for a first down, the Packers applied pressure and flushed Stafford and he threw the ball away, taking the points instead of forcing the ball into a bad spot. The Lions were down 14-3 the next time Stafford got the ball and the Lions went three-and-out. It was a bad possession as they had a batted ball and pressure on third down forced another punt. The next time the Lions got the ball the score was 21-3 and the rout was on. However, Stafford stayed calm and made a great back-shoulder throw down the right sideline for 37 yards to wide receiver Marvin Jones. The Lions were driving and Stafford hit tight end Eric Ebron up the seam, and Packers cornerback Damarious Randall made a game changing play by ripping the ball out of Ebron's hands as he was sandwiched between two defenders going to the ground. The Packers kicked a field goal and Stafford got the ball with the Lions down three touchdowns. The Lions moved the ball down the field as Stafford hit receiver Golden Tate a few times and Ebron down the seam to get the Lions into scoring territory. He forced a throw to Jones in the end zone as Jones was open by a half-step and Stafford underthrew the ball, and the dangerous throw was knocked to the ground by Packers defensive back Ladarius Gunter. On third down, the Packers got pressure up the middle and Stafford could get his plant leg set as defenders rolled into him as he was throwing, and he threw incomplete, setting up a field goal that was missed. Now trailing by four scores with less than a minute in the first half, Stafford hit Jones down the right sideline and Jones raced 73 yards for the score. From an accuracy perspective, Stafford was 14-of-18 in the first half. Stafford came out hot in the second half and continued to push the ball down the field. He hit Jones for 23 yards down the right sideline on a nifty design which got Jones isolated on a safety down the field. He continued to hit the Packers in the middle of the field and in the short throwing game. Stafford hit receiver Anquan Boldin for a two yard score to start the half. He continued to move the Lions and put points on the board, making it a game late. Stafford moved the Lions into the red zone on a 19-yard throw to Jones, but they got called for a false start on third down and Stafford was sacked on third down. The Lions settled for a field goal and cut the lead to 14. Stafford continued to push the ball down the field late in the game and hit Jones on a 35-yard touchdown to cut the lead to seven points and that's as close as the game would get. Accuracy wise, Stafford was 17-of-20 in the second half, and combined for a 31-of-38 total on the day, throwing for 385 yards and three scores.

2016 Week 2 vs TEN (22 / 40 / 260 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 31 / 0 rush)

Stafford had an up and down day, and those looking only at the box-score aren't going to understand how well he played in this game. He saw significantly more pressure in this game than he did in Week 1, and for the most part he was accurate, delivering the ball quickly into his receiver's hands and allowing them to generate yards after the catch. However, he was not in the same rhythm as he was versus Indianapolis, but neither was anyone else playing on offense for the Lions. The receivers had seven (maybe eight) drops and penalties brought back three touchdowns (two from Stafford). This was an incredibly ugly football game as penalties stunted the tempo of the offense. Stafford's touchdown came on a 24-yard throw to wide receiver Anquan Boldin. It was a dangerous throw, forced into triple coverage, but Boldin was working back to Stafford and Stafford ripped the throw across his body as he was rolling left and throwing to his right. The throw was on the money as the defenders never turned to find the ball and Boldin plucked the ball to score six. From an accuracy perspective, Stafford was 14-of-18 in the first half. He threw a one-yard touchdown pass to tight end Eric Ebron, but Ebron was flagged for offensive interference. On the very next play he fit the ball into an incredibly tight window to Boldin for a touchdown, but again, it was called back on a holding call on the offensive line. On the Lions first drive in the second half, Stafford was injured as he was hit below the left knee as he was throwing the ball. He looked injured and limped a bit over the new few sets of plays. Stafford looked to hit receiver Golden Tate deep in the second half, but they look a little out of sync right now. Stafford was a touch off with his accuracy in the second half as well, but he was still accurate enough for the offense to have made enough plays to win this game. The Lions receivers dropped at least four passes in the second half, some of them at critical times in the game. In the end, Stafford was undone via pressure he saw stunting between guard Laken Tomlinson and center Travis Swanson, throwing off his back foot right to Titans cornerback Perrish Cox who read the play perfectly to come off of his primary assignment to step into the throwing lane and pick off the pass. From an accuracy perspective, Stafford was 16-of-22 in the second half and 30-39 (with one throwaway) on the day. Stafford did show off some athleticism via a couple of quarterback runs, one going for 24 yards, with the end of the run coming on just about the worst slide ever attempted. He finished with 31 yards on two carries.

2016 Week 1 vs IND (31 / 39 / 340 / 3 / 0 pass, 2 / 5 / 0 rush)

Matthew Stafford was very consistent in this contest as the game plan put him in a position to be successful. Stafford finished completing 31 passes on 39 attempts and threw for three touchdowns with no interceptions. The Lions had Stafford throwing the ball before pressure could arrive for the majority of the day, and he was 27-of-30 on passing attempts of under nine yards. The Lions have talked about tailoring an offensive scheme to Stafford's strengths and that was fully on display in this game. Expect the Lions to continue to make short throws which allows for their offensive playmakers to generate yards after the catch. Not only does this make Stafford and the offense more efficient, but it also makes it easier to protect the quarterback which has been an issue in the past. Part of Stafford's success on this day is on the coaching staff and the understanding of the staff to just get out of the way of the playmakers on offense. Stafford's first touchdown pass came on a very nice throw into a tight window to tight end Eric Ebron from six yards out. Stafford displayed accuracy and timing with this throw as he hit Ebron just as he came open dragging along the goal line. A split second later and this pass is broken up. Stafford hit running back Ameer Abdullah for his second touchdown pass of the day on a relatively easy pitch and catch. The play was a fantastic concept that allowed Abdullah to cut to the sideline and waltz into the end zone. On his third and final touchdown of the day, Stafford showed great patience in a critical time to allow the scree to set up. He took a shot to make a play, and he hit running back Theo Riddick for a 13-yard score. There were a few throws that Stafford would probably want back, specifically the long throw down the left sideline in the first half to receiver Marvin Jones. Jones did not have his man beat as Stafford threw the ball and it could easily have been an interception. Stafford was 4-of-5 on throws of 11-20 yards and 1-of-4 on throws longer than 20 yards.


Latest News

Lions | Matthew Stafford solid in Week 3 (Sun Sep 25, 04:24 PM) - Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford threw for 385 yards and scored three touchdowns in his team's 34-27 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, Sept. 25.

Our View: Stafford was able to take advantage of two plays where Marvin Jones was able to break a long play in part because of a defensive error. The Lions running game was lost without Ameer Abdullah, but Stafford should continue to be the center of the game plan in Chicago next week. He's an everyweek QB1 at this point.
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Lions | Matthew Stafford fails to impress (Sun Sep 18, 04:41 PM) - Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford went 22-for-40, passing for 260 yards, one touchdown and one interception in a Week 2 loss to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, Sept. 18.

Our View: Stafford had one good improvisational play to Anquan Boldin for a touchdown and was much more efficient on throws to Marvin Jones this week, but overall this performance tells us that his big Week 1 was more a function of the Colts terrible defense than the first game in a massive breakout year. He goes to Green Bay next week.
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