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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 Sep 15): Stafford played pretty well on the road against a tough Panthers defense, although he wasn't facing Greg Hardy. His field goal kicker didn't help matters with early misses, but Stafford moved the offense reasonably well under tough circumstances. He should get right at home against a mediocre-to-poor Packers defense in Detroit next week.

General News (Fri Sep 19): hasn't been forcing the ball to 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."

Week 3: vs Green Bay Packers

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Matthew Stafford regressed during Week 2, throwing 27/48 for 291 yards passing (a respectable total), but only managing one TD thrown vs. one interception, and he was sacked four times for -38 yards. Calvin Johnson (13 for 6/83/0), Joique Bell (11 for 6/61/0) and Golden Tate (eight for 5/57/0) were his main targets last week, with fullback Jed Collins (2/3/1 receiving) the recipient of the lone TD that Detroit scored last week. The Lions didn't do well when faced with a top-shelf defense such as Carolina's. This week, the Lions face a fairly stout pass D when Green Bay rolls into Detroit - the Packers are sixth in the NFL this year averaging 178.5 net passing yards allowed per game, with three passing scores given up vs. one interception generated so far. Geno Smith and Mike Vick were held to 16/32 for 166 net yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown last week, while Russell Wilson had an easy time against the Pack on opening day - he was sacked once for zero yards lost, and didn't have an interception on the way to 19/28 for 191 yards, with two TDs thrown. The Packers haven't allowed a ton of passing yards yet this year, but they haven't pressured opposing passers much, either. Stafford and company have to face the thunderous Green Bay home field advantage this week, so we consider this a neutral matchup on balance.

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 PROJ-Dodds 26 38 * * * 3 * * *
3 vs GB PROJ-Tremblay 24 39 * * * 3 * * *
3 vs GB PROJ-Bloom 25 36 * * * 2 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 1 vs NYG (22 / 32 / 346 / 2 / 0 pass, 4 / 2 / 1 rush)

Stafford and the Lions offense got off to a tremendous start in the opening game of the season. Stafford was accurate, decisive, and mobile without the inaccurate and poor throws from seasons past. Calvin Johnson and Stafford were in lock-step in the first half as they piled up over 100 yards and two touchdowns between them. The new offense in Detroit featured many aspects from the Saints attack like consistent personnel changes, motion, and quick decisions for the quarterback. Stafford excelled making those decisions. After back to back touchdown drives to open the game, the Giants defense stiffened until the fourth quarter. Despite additional pocket pressure and tighter coverage, Stafford took care of the football, showed mobility from pressure, and threw the ball away on occasion. Stafford's day could have been even bigger with two near touchdowns on a fourth quarter drive that stalled in the red zone.

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.

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Latest News

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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Lions | Matthew Stafford shows improved footwork (Tue Sep 9, 12:41 PM) - Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford showed improved footwork in his ability to climb the pocket when he was pressured in Week 1 against the New York Giants Monday, Sept. 8, his first start in the Jim Caldwell era. Sloppy footwork has been part of Stafford's problems in the past. He also seemed to make a conscious effort not to force passes to receivers that weren't open. Stafford finished the victory going 22-for-32 for 346 yards, two touchdowns, no interceptions and a rushing touchdown.

Our View: Stafford gets a fresh start with new OC Joe Lombardi. His mechanics were not lazy in Week 1. This is a good sign for his prospects this season. Stafford should finish the season as a top-5 fantasy quarterback.
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Schedule

3vs Green Bay Packers
4@ New York Jets
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