Matthew Stafford
QB DET (10)
13 hours ago

Stafford completed 14-of-23 passes for 95 yards and an interception Saturday during the Lions' 30-9 preseason loss to the Ravens.

EDGE Analysis

Stafford played the entire first half, but the Lions still struggled as a whole, failing to breach the goal line and gaining just 226 yards of total offense (compared to 363 for the Ravens). Now, through three preseason games with Stafford at the helm, Detroit is yet to score a touchdown and has converted just 3-of-4 field goal attempts while turning the ball over twice. Improved play along the offensive line could go a long way towards correcting their problematic offensive miscues, but if the preseason is any indication, Detroit could be in store for a rough transitional phase during the beginning of the team's first season post-Calvin Johnson.

Matthew Stafford
QB DET (10)
5 days ago

Stafford admitted to the complexity of OC Jim Bob Cooter's offense, but believes the Lions' offense will be "dangerous" once players are able to fully learn the system, the Detroit Free Press reports.

EDGE Analysis

Calvin Johnson's retirement signaled the end of an era in Motown, and the Detroit front office presumably understood the team can't employ the same offensive game plan anymore. Hence, the Lions installed a "newfangled, whiz-bang, up-tempo, no-huddle offense" this spring. Fundamentally, the idea is to tire the defense as well as limit the other team's ability to both substitute players and call plays to counter the offense. However, the scheme's watchword is communication, as Cooter devised a way to allow Stafford to realign the offensive formation and call plays with a system of simple commands. In the past, simplicity has benefitted Stafford, most recently when Cooter took control of the offense in the midst of the 2015 campaign. Here, Stafford did not experience an increase in attempted passes, but rather an increase in per-clip efficiency. Case in point, Stafford's final eight games in 2015 extrapolate to a highly-efficient 4,358-yard, 38-touchdown, four-interception stat line across 16 games while his first-half numbers project an underwhelming line of 4,166 yards, 26 touchdowns and 22 interceptions. Those two sets of numbers could very well represent Stafford's ceiling and floor entering the 2016 campaign. Regardless, Stafford appears poised to continue on his current trajectory and resume his late-2015 efficiency come the start of the regular season against the Colts' injury-marred secondary.

Matthew Stafford
QB DET (10)
1 week ago

Stafford completed 8-of-11 passes for 113 yards in Thursday's preseason game against the Bengals.

EDGE Analysis

With Eric Ebron (ankle) sidelined, seven of Stafford's eight completions went to either Marvin Jones or Golden Tate, with the remaining completion going to the newly-acquired Anquan Boldin. The only other player he targeted was RB Theo Riddick. Ultimately, it's hard to read too much into preseason action, but Stafford seems likely to rely on the short-to-mid passing game in 2016 with Jones serving as his primary deep threat.

Matthew Stafford
QB DET (10)
2 weeks ago

Stafford completed 4 of 6 passes for 58 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions in Friday's 30-17 preseason victory over the Steelers. He also gained five yards on his one rush and lost a fumble.

EDGE Analysis

Stafford was relatively effective during his brief time in the game, converting three third downs, including a 30-yard pass to the newly acquired Anquan Boldin. However, he was subsequently sacked and stripped of the ball by James Harrison on the same drive, giving possession to the Steelers. The Pro Bowl quarterback figures to see more extended action next Thursday versus the Bengals.

Matthew Stafford
QB DET (10)
4 months ago

Stafford got some help in the 2016 NFL Draft, with Detroit selecting three offensive linemen in the first five rounds, ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Addressing an obvious weakness from 2015, the Lions drafted OT Taylor Decker in the first round, center Graham Glasgow in the third and guard/tackle Joe Dahl in the fifth. Stafford won't have Calvin Johnson around to bail him out, yet it's still quite possible the Detroit offense will be improved from 2015. Stafford played much better last season after Jim Bob Cooter replaced Joe Lombardi as the offensive coordinator, making it an easy decision to stick with Cooter for 2016. Furthermore, the Lions signed WR Marvin Jones to a five-year, $40 million contract, and there's hope that 23-year-old TE Eric Ebron will take a big step forward in his third NFL season.

Matthew Stafford
QB DET (10)
8 months ago

Stafford ended the season having completed 398 of 592 passes for 4,262 yards, 32 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

EDGE Analysis

Stafford's 67.2 completion percentage shattered his previous career high by nearly four percentage points and he narrowly missed setting a new career high in passer rating, an impressive feat given how the season started. During the first eight weeks of the season, Stafford had completed a respectable 64.5 percent of his passes and 260 yards per game, but with a rough 13-to-11 touchdown-to-interception ratio. After the Lions' Week 9 bye, Stafford improved slightly with a 70 percent completion percentage and 272 yards per game, but his touchdown-interception ration really shined, jumping to 19-2. The primary difference between the two halves was who was calling plays, as Joe Lombardi was fired shortly before the bye and replaced by quarterbacks coach Jim Bob Cooter. An offseason to further adjust the offense should be great for Stafford, but Detroit has a lot of questions this offseason, ranging from whether head coach Jim Caldwell will be back to the possible retirement of Calvin Johnson.

Matthew Stafford
QB DET (10)
8 months ago

Stafford connected on 28 of 39 of his attempts for 298 yards and three touchdowns in Sunday's win over Chicago. He added 10 yards on the ground.

EDGE Analysis

Less than two months ago, the Lions were heading into their bye with a 1-7 record and the future of Stafford was in doubt. The Lions finished the season's second half with a 6-2 record and a three-game winning streak and Stafford looks like he's back on track. During the season's final eight games, Stafford completed just shy of 70 percent of his passes and boasted a 19-2 touchdown-to-interception ratio. He averaged 272 yards per game during the span. Given Calvin Johnson's enormous contract, change may be coming one way or the other in Detroit, but if head coach Jim Caldwell and offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter are able permitted to stay, Stafford may be in line for a big 2016.

Matthew Stafford
QB DET (10)
8 months ago

Stafford completed 29 of 37 passes for 301 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's win over the 49ers. He added 11 yards on the ground on five carries.

EDGE Analysis

Before the beginning of the season, the talk in Detroit was that fans were about to see the next step in Stafford's development as a more composed, efficient passer. It took the firing of offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi, but Lions fans and fantasy owners are beginning to see what was being hyped. Since the bye week, Stafford has tossed 16 touchdown passes and just two picks in seven games. Stafford will close the season against the Chicago Bears, a team that is ninth worst in oppsing quarterback rating this season.

Matthew Stafford
QB DET (10)
8 months ago

Stafford completed 22-of-25 passes for 254 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in Monday night's win over the Saints.

EDGE Analysis

Stafford was nothing short of brilliant Monday night, throwing for as many touchdowns as incompletions. In fact, Stafford totaled three touchdown passes by halftime, taking advantage of a dreadful Saints defense while continuing his strong close to this season. To that point, Stafford has thrown for 12 touchdowns and just one interception over the Lions' last four games, putting him in excellent form ahead of Sunday's home game against the 49ers.

Matthew Stafford
QB DET (10)
9 months ago

Stafford completed 30 of 46 passes for 245 yards, two touchdowns and a pick in Sunday's loss to the Rams. He ran for five more yards and added a fumble during the game.

EDGE Analysis

Stafford snapped a three-game streak during which he did not throw a pick, his longest such run of the season. From Weeks 3 through 5, Stafford scared off owners while totaling just two touchdowns, a sum that he has met or topped in six of his last eight games. The Rams' stingy pass defense managed to take Stafford's strength, the deep ball, away on Sunday as Stafford was unable to complete a pass of at least 20 yards for just the second time this season. The next few weeks promise for better results as the Lions take on two of the NFL's worst pass defenses in Weeks 15 and 16.