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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 Nov 17): Arizona is a very tough draw on the road, but Stafford's inability to generate any consistent movement on offense is still troubling if you are relying on him as your everyweek QB1. This week brings a trip to Foxboro and a chance for redemption, but the damage might have already been done for Stafford owners that couldn't afford another loss.

General News (Tue Nov 18): passes 20,000 career passing yards in Week 11, to become the faster quarterback in NFL history to reach that mark. Sunday's game was just Stafford's 71st career game. Dan Marino previously held the mark in 74 games.

Week 12: at New England Patriots

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Matthew Stafford managed to defeat the Dolphins two weeks ago with 25/40 for 280 yards passing, two TDs and one interception thrown (with three sacks taken for -19 yards). However, Arizona stifled his offense last week (18/30 for 183 yards passing, zero TDs and one interception thrown, with four sacks taken for -19 yards) - even Calvin Johnson was off (12 targets for 5/59/0 receiving) during the 6-14 loss that featured zero points scored by either team during the second half. We'll see if Stafford and company can rev up their engines for this trip to Gillette Stadium - they were on idle during Week 11. New England has stomped Denver and Indianapolis by a margin of 22 points in each of their last two games - Peyton Manning threw for 34/57 for 429 net yards, two TDs and two interceptions while taking one sack for -9 yards two games back, while Andrew Luck tossed 23/39 for 303 yards passing, two TDs and one interception (with one sack taken for zero yards lost) last week. As you can see, the Patriots have outscored their opponents - the pass defense has merely survived the most recent two matchups, thanks to the offense. Stafford and company should have a solid game against the leaky New England pass D. Also, the rushing matchup is tough for Joique Bell and company, so Detroit will likely put the ball up a bunch in this game.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 at ATL 24 47 325 2 1 3 9 0 0
10 vs MIA 25 40 280 2 1 2 -1 0 0
11 at ARI 18 30 183 0 1 0 0 0 0
12 at NE PROJ-Dodds 25 40 * * * 3 * * *
12 at NE PROJ-Tremblay 25 41 * * * 2 * * *
12 at NE PROJ-Bloom 24 41 * * * 3 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 10 vs MIA (25 / 40 / 280 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / -1 / 0 rush)

In the early going, it was a controlled game plan for the Lions offense and Matthew Stafford. The impact of Calvin Johnson's return was felt throughout the game, including the Lions' first touchdown of the game. Stafford slide from pressure in the pocket, then found Johnson one-on-one for a long touchdown as Detroit raced out to a 10-0 first quarter lead. Stafford logged an interception on another Calvin Johnson deep target. A slightly underthrown pass, plus the athleticism of Brent Grimes made the highlight reel play in the end zone. In typical Detroit fashion, Stafford and the offense mired through the middle of the game with untimely penalties, allowed pocket pressure, and Stafford misfires. In the closing minutes, Stafford was given the ball, down 16-13. Two off-target throws led to a three-and-out. Stafford did get one final opportunity with three minutes to play. This time, the Detroit offense took advantage. Stafford hit Calvin Johnson on a deep out route to get into Miami territory. On third down, Stafford made his throw of the game, rolling out and hitting Theo Riddick down the sideline for the game-winning red zone touchdown.

2014 Week 11 vs ARI (18 / 30 / 183 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Stafford and the Detroit offense had a tough matchup against the Cardinals stingy defense in Arizona and the game played out as such. The Cardinals bolted out to a 14-0 within the first 10 minutes of the game. The Lions stayed balanced on offense, but Stafford and the passing game struggled to string together successful plays. As has been a trend for the Lions this season, they squandered long drives and took untimely sacks. In the first half Stafford contributed his fair share of mistakes including staring down Calvin Johnson on a should-have-been interception returned for a touchdown and missing a wide open Johnson on a deep post route. The latter was a likely long touchdown and at minimum another field goal opportunity. Even staked with the ball in the red zone following a defensive interception before the half, Detroit's offense stalled once again for a 14-6 deficit. Stafford started off the second half with a bold strike to Calvin Johnson on a post route. Instead of setting the tone for a different result over the final 30 minutes, it was more of the same from the first half. Stafford hesitated against tight coverage multiple times in key moments and inaccuracy plagued the potential comeback effort. Stafford floated a pass into double-coverage for an easy interception and overthrew Calvin Johnson on a single coverage deep route for good measure. A well-covered fourth down attempt with seven minutes to play followed by a sack and fumbled snap with three minutes to play capped off Detroit's game drives. Even with Calvin Johnson and Eric Ebron back in the lineup, Stafford was off his game, reactive to pressure, and unable to deliver accurate passes into tight windows consistently against Arizona.


Latest News

Lions | Matthew Stafford struggling on deep ball (Fri Nov 21, 06:21 PM) - Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford, who is currently on pace to finish with the fewest passing yards in a single season for his career, has struggled on deep-ball connections, especially in the last two weeks with WR Calvin Johnson returning. Stafford has completed only 14 percent of his passes at least 20 yards downfield to Johnson the last two weeks, and he's thrown an interception on deep targets in each of the pair's four full games together. Stafford is also struggling in the face of pressure this year, with his completion percentage under pressure dropping from 42 percent last year to 34 percent in 2014, his lowest since 2010.

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Lions | Matthew Stafford breaks record (Mon Nov 17, 12:47 PM) - Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford passes 20,000 career passing yards in Week 11, to become the faster quarterback in NFL history to reach that mark. Sunday's game was just Stafford's 71st career game. Dan Marino previously held the mark in 74 games.

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