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QB Matthew Stafford - Detroit Lions

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

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Week 17: at Green Bay Packers

Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.

Recent Stats and Projections

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13 vs CHI 34 45 390 2 0 0 0 0 1
14 vs TB 26 34 311 3 0 3 -2 0 0
15 vs MIN 17 28 153 1 0 1 2 0 0
16 at CHI 22 39 243 0 2 4 2 0 0
17 at GB PROJ-Tremblay 25 40 * * * 2 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 14 vs TB (26 / 34 / 311 / 3 / 0 pass, 3 / -2 / 0 rush)

The middle of the season was a rough stretch for Matthew Stafford with Calvin Johnson in and out of the lineup in addition to Stafford's own hit-or-miss play. Against Tampa Bay, Stafford continued his hot play of late (the great matchups have certainly helped). Stafford eluded pressure early in the game, converting two third downs by moving from the pocket and delivering strikes to Joique Bell and Joseph Fauria. While Stafford's mobility has been an improvement this season overall, he is still not a good straight-line runner. On third-and-one Stafford took off with what looked to be an easy first down opportunity, but was tracked down from behind by a lineman. One of Stafford's most impressive throws on the day did not light up the stat sheet. On an outlet route to Reggie Bush, Stafford had no angle or window as Bush's entire body was blocked by a defender. Stafford side-armed the pass into a non-existent window for the short gain, which served as a reminder of his natural arm talent. Stafford was 17-of-21 at the half as more game-manager than big player creator. In the second half, Stafford switched modes and Detroit ultimately pulled away for the home win. Stafford hit Calvin Johnson for a 53-yard bomb early in the third quarter in addition to a touchdown strike to Joseph Fauria on third down in the red zone. Stafford was not able to elude Tampa Bay's pressure in the second half with untimely sacks and hesitation in the face of tight coverage. The Vikings and Bears the next two weeks offer quality matchups to continue Stafford's two-game stretch of strong performances.

2014 Week 15 vs MIN (17 / 28 / 153 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)

Despite the home win against the Vikings, it was a rough game for Matthew Stafford and the Lions offense. The entire compliment of weapons was back at Stafford's disposal, yet the Lions squeaked by on two second half field goals and holding the Vikings scoreless over the final 30 minutes for the victory. Stafford's accuracy was spotty at best early as he missed an open Jeremy Ross rolling out of the pocket and back-pedaled from pressure as he airmailed another third down opportunity. Stafford and the offense were staked in field goal range twice with Minnesota turnovers, resulting in two scores, including an easy pitch-and-catch to Golden Tate on an out route. Stafford was tracked down as he scrambled from the pocket on third down, squandering the second of those red zone chances with a field goal. Despite 58 passing yards at the half, Detroit trailed only 14-10. Stafford heated up in the third quarter with quality throws to Calvin Johnson down the seam and Golden Tate on a deep out. In the mid-third quarter tackle LaAdrian Waddle left with an injury and did not return. Stafford's time in the pocket decreased as a result. The Bears and Packers offer optimistic passing game matchups to close the season, but Stafford's scattershot accuracy and footwork must improve to take advantage.

2014 Week 16 vs CHI (22 / 39 / 243 / 0 / 2 pass, 4 / 2 / 0 rush)

It took a bevy of dropped passes by the Chicago Bears and well into the fourth quarter for Matthew Stafford and the Lions to pull out the road win against Jimmy Clausen in Week 16. Stafford dealt with consistent pressure from the Bears and his mechanics and accuracy suffered as a result. Stafford was sacked three times in the first quarter and a half. The second quarter was a house of horrors for Stafford as he logged two interceptions, both in field goal range. Stafford rolled away from pressure and lofted a jump ball to the back of the end zone, an easy play for the roaming defensive back. After missing Calvin Johnson badly on a slant route, Stafford threw another interception, this time in the direction of Golden Tate. Stafford was anchored to the pocket with solid protection, making the poor decision and throw even more glaring. Despite moving up and down the field throughout the first half, the game was tied due to sacks and turnovers. Detroit barely saw the ball in the third quarter. The game turned in the second half through the strong play of Joique Bell, not the consistency of Matthew Stafford. Outside of a strike to Golden Tate on a post route to convert a clutch fourth down, Stafford was very hit-or-miss. He missed Joique Bell on a wide open wheel route - a potential touchdown or at a minimum sizeable gain - as well as a significant underthrow of Corey Fuller down the sidelines when the receiver had five yards of separation. A defensive pass interference penalty covered up Stafford's poor throw to Fuller on the play. Stafford's inconsistent play is a major question mark heading into Detroit's showdown in Green Bay to close the season.

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Latest News

Lions | Matthew Stafford hits 4,000 yards (Sun Dec 21, 05:02 PM) - Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford completed 22 of 39 passes for 243 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions in the Week 16 game against the Chicago Bears. He hit the 4,000-yard mark for the fourth consecutive season.

Our View: Stafford threw two red zone interceptions and fumbled away a matchup that Drew Brees and Tony Romo dominated in recent weeks. He'll still have a chance to win the division if he can win at Lambeau next week.
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Lions | Matthew Stafford peaking (Tue Dec 9, 05:50 PM) - Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford has completed 75.9 percent of his passes, thrown for 701 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions in the last two weeks against the Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. I feel good. I feel confident in what were doing and I think the guys in the locker room and on offense definitely feel confident in what our game plan is each week, Stafford said. Were doing a great job of going out there and trying to execute. Guys are catching the ball, which is always great.'

Our View: Stafford is peaking....but he's doing it against bad competition. The Bears and the Bucs aren't exactly tough defenses to play against.
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Schedule

17@ Green Bay Packers