QB Matthew Stafford - Detroit Lions

6-2, 225Born: 2-7-1988College: GeorgiaDrafted: Round 1, pick 2009

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Week 3: at Philadelphia Eagles

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FBG says: Great matchup. The Detroit Lions' opened the season with two polar opposite opponents. In week one, the Arizona Cardinals attempted to rely upon an up-tempo offense to maximize their offense's chance of scoring. In week two, the Los Angeles Chargers slowed down the pace to mask notable absences on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. In turn, Detroit's offensive production through two games has been somewhat erratic. In week one, Matthew Stafford threw the ball 45 times, primarily to Kenny Golladay (9 targets,) Danny Amendola (13 targets,) and T.J. Hockenson (9 targets.) In week two, Stafford attempted just 30 passes. Kenny Golladay stood out as Stafford's favorite target in week two, commanding 10 targets, while both Amendola and Hockenson tailed off with only 1 and 3 targets, respectively. Golladay is the team's clear-cut number-one wide receiver, which should bode well for Stafford's efficiency. Golladay has long been considered one of the best young talents at the wide receiver position, and a more substantial and more consistent role in the offense is well-deserved. Detroit's offensive line struggled in week one against the Arizona Cardinals, as Stafford was under pressure more than any other quarterback in the league. These struggles carried over to week two when the Chargers disrupted the pocket on 9 of Stafford's 32 dropbacks on the day. The Lions need to shore up the trenches before expecting a consistently-dangerous passing attack, and week three at Philadelphia poses a tough matchup up front. Fortunately, the Eagles' secondary is far from elite. Through the first 2 weeks of the 2019 season, the Philadelphia Eagles have allowed multiple 300+ yard passers, multiple 3-touchdown passers, and 3 100+ yard receivers. Philadelphia had hoped that a healthy secondary in 2019 would provide a solution to the coverage issues that arose late in 2018 following a slew of injuries, that has not been the case. Philadelphia ranks 31st in passing yards allowed, 29th in passing touchdowns allowed, and 25th in net-yards-per-attempt allowed. The Eagles' pass rush has done the secondary no favors to start the season. Aside from Fletcher Cox and Brandon Graham, no other member of the Eagles front-four (or linebacking corps) has been able to generate pressure at a respectable rate to start the season. What had previously been a strength of Philadelphia's defense, depth on the defensive line, has quickly transformed into a weakness. In week one, the Eagles lost defensive tackle Malik Jackson for the season to a foot injury. Then, in week two, Jackson's replacement Tim Jernigan was taken back to the locker room on a cart, and he will miss about a month due to a foot injury of his own. Philadelphia's pass defense has been woefully disappointing through two games, and defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz will have his work cut out for him attempting to solve these issues ahead of a week three clash with the Detroit Lions.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumLPts
1 at ARI 88 27 45 385 3 0 3 22 0 1 31.45
2 vs LAC 61 22 30 245 2 2 4 13 0 0 19.55
3 at PHI PROJ-Dodds * 23 35 * * * 2 * * * *
3 at PHI PROJ-Tremblay * 22 35 * * * 3 * * * *
3 at PHI PROJ-Bloom * 22 31 * * * 3 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs QB 1, QB 12, QB 24

Percentile ranks

Matthew Stafford's percentile rank in each category, among QB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 2 vs LAC (22 / 30 / 245 / 2 / 2 pass, 4 / 13 / 0 rush)

Matthew Stafford played well in a win against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday. Detroit established the run early with a backfield led by Kerryon Johnson and a game plan that largely played close to the vest. Stafford threw a touchdown early on a terrifically designed screen to Kerryon Johnson, that Johnson initially bobbled, but secured and ran in for a long touchdown. Stafford closed out a comeback win with a big-time touchdown throw to Kenny Golladay on a post while covered by Casey Hayward. Stafford was sharp, exploiting the perimeter with well-placed throws to Marvin Jones and Golladay. Stafford threw two interceptions, one a deep ball to Golladay that Golladay got overpowered on, and a second on a throw into coverage to Jones. Stafford was otherwise efficient and made plays in critical spots, including a fourth down conversion to Jones in the fourth quarter. He also ran for a third down conversion where he took a big hit at the end of the play. With a history of injuries, his health is important to monitor during the week.

2019 Week 1 vs ARI (27 / 45 / 385 / 3 / 0 pass, 3 / 22 / 0 rush)

Matthew Stafford had a solid week one performance against the Cardinals building a big lead before the Cardinals forced a tie. Stafford's touchdowns were two easy throws to Danny Amendola and Kenny Golladay on schemes that created broken coverages, then a good scramble drill with T.J. Hockenson in the red zone. Stafford was not perfect, as he was stripped from the blind side sack. He found easy success on targets to Hockenson, Marvin Jones, and Danny Amendola, while he struggled to connected with Kenny Golladay, including a throw that could have sealed a Detroit win that Golladay did not break on. Stafford has the opportunity for another big game in a could be shoot out in week two at home against the Chargers.

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Latest News

Lions | Matthew Stafford throws two TDs (Sun Sep 15, 04:45 PM) - Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford went 22-for-30 for 245 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 2.

Our View: Stafford was helped by a nice effort on Kerryon Johnson's catch and run score and Kenny Golladay making plays downfield. He'll be matchup streamer consideration against the Eagles next week.
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Lions | Coach reaffirms trust in Matthew Stafford (Tue Sep 10, 07:42 PM) - Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford has the full trust of his coaching staff after television cameras caught him appearing to say 'trust me' after a timeout was called by the sideline with the play clock winding down ahead of a third-and-5 play in the fourth quarter of Sunday's tie against the Arizona Cardinals. 'To sum it up, like 1,000 percent,' head coach Matt Patricia said Monday, Sept. 9, when asked about his trust level with Stafford. 'Everyone knows how much I think of, how highly I think of him and trust him. There's no issue.'

Our View: The Lions let that game get away, mostly on defense when the Cardinals offense came to life. Stafford is a seasoned veteran who should trust his coach and vice versa.
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Schedule

3@ Philadelphia Eagles
4vs Kansas City Chiefs
5--- BYE WEEK ---
6@ Green Bay Packers
7vs Minnesota Vikings
8vs New York Giants
9@ Oakland Raiders
10@ Chicago Bears
11vs Dallas Cowboys
12@ Washington Redskins
13vs Chicago Bears
14@ Minnesota Vikings
15vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
16@ Denver Broncos
17vs Green Bay Packers