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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 Oct 27): Like the Lions, Stafford is finding a way to scratch out positive results without Calvin Johnson. That situation will be rectified coming out of their bye this week and Stafford will be back to being a safe strong QB1.

Week 9: bye week

Recent Stats and Projections

5 vs BUF 18 31 221 1 1 3 8 0 0
6 at MIN 19 33 185 1 0 1 1 0 0
7 vs NO 27 40 299 2 2 2 1 0 0
8 at ATL 24 47 325 2 1 3 9 0 0

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 6 vs MIN (19 / 33 / 185 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)

Despite the comfortable win in Minnesota, Stafford and the passing offense struggled without Calvin Johnson and Reggie Bush in the lineup. Stafford was regularly harassed in the pocket and rarely completed passes on time and within the construct of the designed play. Without a feared deep threat, the Vikings pass defense crowded the typically-open intermediate and short passing lanes. Despite Minnesota doing absolutely nothing on offense outside of a drive or two, Detroit led only 10-0 deep into the second half. Even with a new kicker, Matt Prater, added this week, Detroit missed another two kicks against the Vikings keeping the game close. Detroit escaped with a road win despite a ball-control offense that will need to expand against a higher-quality opponent, like New Orleans and Atlanta over the next two weeks.

2014 Week 7 vs NO (27 / 40 / 299 / 2 / 2 pass, 2 / 1 / 0 rush)

Once again the Lions offense struggled without Calvin Johnson for most of the game against the Saints. Detroit trailed 17-3 when getting the ball for the first time in the third quarter. Stafford contributed to the slow start in the first half against a pressuring Saints defensive front. Stafford also forced the ball to Golden Tate against double and triple coverage at times and missed an open target or two. Stafford's second interception was a tipped pass by lightly-involved reserve tight end Jordan Thompson in the red zone, which potentially ended the game down 10 points with nine minutes to play. In the comeback effort, Stafford made stick throws in key moments, including three third down conversions to Tate. The last of those third down throws, Tate turned up the field for a long touchdown and only a six-point deficit with three minutes to play. The exclamation point of the comeback came with Stafford firing a touchdown to Corey Fuller in the back of the end zone with less than two minutes remaining. Stafford had more bad than good in the game as the running game was not consistent and the non-Golden Tate targets were replacement level at best. Better days are ahead with Calvin Johnson, Eric Ebron, and even Joseph Fauria back in the lineup.

2014 Week 8 vs ATL (24 / 47 / 325 / 2 / 1 pass, 3 / 9 / 0 rush)

The Lions were slow out of the gate on offense and defense this week against Atlanta in London. Calvin Johnson, Reggie Bush, and Detroit's trio of regular tight end contributors were out of the lineup. Stafford struggled to find a rhythm as the Lions were down by two touchdowns early in the second quarter. In the first half, Stafford appeared to force the ball to Corey Fuller, filling in for Calvin Johnson, in key moments. In addition to airmailing a third-and-long throw to Fuller on the opening drive, Stafford targeted Fuller again on third down late in the second quarter. Fuller slipped out of his break, in addition to being well-covered, resulting in an easy interception for the roaming defensive back; A potential shift in momentum on the drive turned into a 21-0 halftime deficit. In the second half, the inconsistent play continued as Atlanta pressured the pocket, forcing missed opportunities for Detroit's offense. A drive into the red zone stalled when a pass was tipped, followed by Stafford's arm being hit on third down. The first dynamic play for Detroit's offense did not come until late in the third quarter. Stafford extended a third-and-long play, ultimately finding Golden Tate behind the secondary for a momentum-changing long touchdown. Throughout the second half, Atlanta did nothing on offense to put the game away and Stafford took advantage with a long touchdown drive, culminating with finding Theo Riddick open in the flat for the touchdown. A missed two-point conversion to tie the game set the scene for Matthew Stafford to win the game on a final drive. Detroit trailed 21-19 with 98 seconds to play beginning at their own seven-yard-line. When the game was on the line, Stafford and Golden Tate came through yet again with a clutch 30-yard seam throw-and-catch to fuel the ultimate game-winning field goal. Outside of a handful of throws, Stafford had an underwhelming performance and clearly missed his regular complement of weapons.


Latest News

Lions | Matthew Stafford provides late heroics (Sun Oct 19, 07:32 PM) - Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford completed 27 of 40 pass attempts for 299 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in the Week 7 game against the New Orleans Saints. Both touchdown strikes came in the final 3:38 of the game, after the Lions had trailed 23-10.

Our View: Stafford had one of his best games of the season without Calvin Johnson. One of the interceptions was a backbreaker in the red zone and it wasn't his fault. He should have another good day in store against the Falcons next week with or without Johnson.
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