Matthew Stafford
QB DET (10)
6 days ago

Stafford completed 22 of 40 pass attempts for 260 yards, one touchdown and one interception in the Lions' Week 2 defeat at the hands of the Titans. He also added 31 rushing yards on two carries.

EDGE Analysis

Stafford wasn't as impressive in his second outing of 2016 as he was the first. However, he was thankfully uninjured after taking an uncalled blow to his legs in the second half. Regardless, he had a chance to set the Lions up for a game-winning field goal with 22 seconds left in regulation, but threw an ugly interception that ultimately sealed the victory for Tennessee. Whereas his overall stat line would have been more impressive had a touchdown to TE Eric Ebron not been called off due to an offensive pass interference penalty, Stafford nonetheless posted a glaringly-bad 55 percent completion rate, his worst since 2014. He'll look to rebound Week 3 against the Packers.

Matthew Stafford
QB DET (10)
2 weeks ago

Stafford completed 31-of-39 pass attempts for 340 yards and three touchdowns in the Lions' 39-35 victory over the Colts. He also added five yards on the ground across two rushing attempts.

EDGE Analysis

Not only did Stafford pick apart Indianapolis' injury-marred secondary for his highest yardage total since Week 6 of 2015, along the way he passed both Peyton Manning and Kurt Warner to reach second in NFL history for most passing yards by a quarterback in his first 100 games played. More impressive, though, was Stafford's composure in the fourth quarter. After Detroit managed to blow a 21-3 lead, they eventually found themselves trailing the Colts 34-35 thanks to a missed extra point by Lions K Matt Prater following the team's fifth score. However, down one with 37 seconds left in regulation, Stafford demonstrated great poise by completing three passes to three different receivers and setting Prater up for the game-winning field goal. Overall, Stafford continues to look comfortable and efficient in OC Jim Bob Cooter's newly-designed, Calvin Johnson-less offensive scheme that appeared on Sunday to revolve around getting everyone involved in the passing game, as five players each garnered at least four targets, but none topped the team-high of seven. Up next is Detroit's home-opener against a Titans team that held Vikings QB Shaun Hill to 54.5 percent passing and zero touchdowns Week 1.

Matthew Stafford
QB DET (10)
3 weeks ago

Stafford is unlikely to play Thursday against the Bills, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

EDGE Analysis

Stafford figures to be held out by the Lions as they preserve his health heading into Week 1 of the regular season. Dan Orlovsky and Jake Rudock are expected to handle the duties at quarterback, but will be throwing to a below average receiving corps with the team expecting to have Golden Tate and Marvin Jones on the sideline.

Matthew Stafford
QB DET (10)
4 weeks 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)
1 month 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 month 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)
1 month 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)
5 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)
9 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)
9 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.