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QB Matthew Stafford - Detroit Lions

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

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News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 29): Stafford had an excellent game without Calvin Johnson, which was not a given. Last year, he was almost powerless to move the offense when Johnson was out or limited, but in Week 4 he had a tremendous game against a weak Jets secondary. He is approaching the elite QB1 level he was at in 2011.

Week 5: vs Buffalo Bills

Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumL
1 vs NYG 22 32 346 2 0 4 2 1 0
2 at CAR 27 48 291 1 1 1 8 0 0
3 vs GB 22 34 246 0 2 6 8 0 1
4 at NYJ 24 34 293 2 0 6 8 1 0
5 vs BUF PROJ-Tremblay 24 38 * * * 5 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 2 vs CAR (27 / 48 / 291 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)

Early on, Stafford showed improved movement from prior seasons and accuracy in the short range passing game. The Carolina defense was a far stiffer test, especially at home, than the Giants a week ago. The Panthers secondary took away single coverage looks to Calvin Johnson for a majority of the game. As the first half progressed, consistent pressure piled up for Stafford. Two early drives stalled with a missed field goal and a Joique Bell fumble as well. With a widened deficit as the second half wore on, Stafford forced a pass into blanket coverage for Calvin Johnson on a deep post, which was tipped away and intercepted. The game continued to slip away from Detroit and Stafford's game had an ugly finish with back to back sacks in the closing minutes plus taking a helmet to helmet shot on a scramble.

2014 Week 3 vs GB (22 / 34 / 246 / 0 / 2 pass, 6 / 8 / 0 rush)

Unlike in the first two weeks of the season, when Stafford was forced to move in and out of the pocket against the Packers, he did not look comfortable. The matchup was billed as a likely shootout, but it quickly turned into a defensive-minded affair. On the opening two drives of the game, Stafford stalled the offense with missed connections on third downs. As pressure continued, Stafford preemptively reacted to bodies around him in the pocket, leading to an unnecessary roll-out and high throw to an open Corey Fuller on another third down. That pass was tipped and ultimately intercepted. Defensive pressure was the main reason Detroit did not run away with the game in the first half. Another drive ended with a collapsing pocket and forced deep throw to Calvin Johnson, which was again intercepted. A crossing route sidearm throw was off the mark when Stafford was under pressure, as well as a stalled red zone drive, and a missed field goal left the door open for Green Bay at 12-7 through 30 minutes. Again the offense stalled in the red zone in the third quarter as Julius Peppers stripped Stafford in the pocket. The Detroit defense and situational offensive plays were the story this week as the Green Bay defense consistently kept Stafford and the passing game off-balance.

2014 Week 4 vs NYJ (24 / 34 / 293 / 2 / 0 pass, 6 / 8 / 1 rush)

The Lions were on the road this week against the Jets and despite being active for the game, Calvin Johnson was little more than a decoy with an ankle injury. While the flashy downfield power throws were absent from the game plan, Stafford did not turn the ball over and converted key third downs. The Jets consistently pressured Stafford in the pocket. Quick passes were the counterpoint for the Lions as the running game struggled until the final clock-draining drive. Stafford was laboring physically late in the second quarter, but led a touchdown drive in the final minute, which included a strike down the seam to a well-covered Eric Ebron for the score. The Lions maintained that 17-3 halftime lead throughout the second half. Two key third downs over the final 30 minutes included a third-and-long strike to Golden Tate on an out route when the Jets were capturing the momentum and a naked bootleg to run out the clock in the closing minutes. The Jets made the mistakes in this game and Stafford succeeded in limiting the impact of pocket pressure and avoiding the key turnover himself.

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Latest News

Lions | Matthew Stafford receives treatment (Sun Sep 28, 05:10 PM) - Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford (hand, leg) had the back of his throwing hand or wrist bandaged by the training staff after the Week 4 game against the New York Jets, and the training staff also appeared to be looking at his left leg in the locker room.

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Lions | Matthew Stafford not forcing it to Megatron (Fri Sep 19, 12:26 PM) - Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford hasn't been forcing the ball to WR Calvin Johnson, according to head coach Jim Caldwell. Caldwell said the fact that Stafford has targeted Johnson 24 times, way more than any other receiver on the team, just shows that the team wants to get the ball to their best weapons as often as possible. “I think if it hadn’t been for the interception (Stafford threw Sunday), nobody would even say a word about whether or not they think that he’s forcing the ball to Calvin,” Caldwell continued. “And that was on a deep post pattern, and really he had exactly what we were looking for, you can see Calvin starting to run by both guys, and (Matthew) just had to get it out there a little bit more. That was the only issue.”

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Schedule

5vs Buffalo Bills
6@ Minnesota Vikings
7vs New Orleans Saints
8@ Atlanta Falcons
9--- BYE WEEK ---
10vs Miami Dolphins
11@ Arizona Cardinals
12@ New England Patriots
13vs Chicago Bears
14vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
15vs Minnesota Vikings
16@ Chicago Bears
17@ Green Bay Packers