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Lions head coach Jim Caldwell wants Stafford to throw the ball less frequently in 2015, the Detroit Free Press reports. "When I tell you that we're not going to throw the ball any more than we threw it (last year), that's a fact," Caldwell said. "We're probably not going to throw it (more). If we do throw it more, that means we're behind, we're struggling, we're not winning, we're not a very good football team, plain and simple."

This isn't much more than the typical offseason coach-speak about maintaining a balanced offense, and while there's little doubt coach Caldwell wants to run more often, game situation and personnel tend to trump all else. Not only do the Lions have far more invested in their passing-game personnel, but they'll also be one of the more popular candidates to regress from their 2014 record (11-5).

Matthew Stafford QB DET 5 months ago

Stafford completed 28-of-42 passes for 323 yards, with a touchdown and an interception, in Sunday's 24-20 loss to the Cowboys.

Stafford added nine yards on a lone carry, but he also lost a pair of fumbles, including one that sealed the Lions' fate. It capped off an interesting season in which he largely disappointed, despite having arguably the best stable of offensive weapons in his career. While easily good enough to keep his starting job, Stafford doesn't have a great ceiling in terms of efficiency, as even his big seasons have mostly been a product of tremendous volume.

Matthew Stafford QB DET 5 months ago

Stafford completed 20-of-41 passes for 217 yards and three touchdowns in Sunday's 30-20 loss at Green Bay. He also lost a fumble on a botched handoff.

Even though Stafford posted strong fantasy numbers, his play was uneven Sunday, as he missed a ton of open throws. More troubling is the fact that Stafford has failed to win a road game against teams with a winning record in 16 career contests. If the Lions have aspirations of going deep into the playoffs, Stafford will have to get over his road woes, and beat a strong Cowboys' team in Dallas next weekend.

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Stafford completed 22-of-39 passes for 243 yards and two interceptions during Sunday's win over the Bears.

The Lions' offense came from the running game, as both Joique Bell and Reggie Bush scored rushing touchdowns in the 20-14 win. Stafford connected with six different receivers, with Calvin Johnson leading the way by catching six passes on 12 targets for 103 yards. Up next is a Week 17 matchup against the Packers at Lambeau Field, with the winner taking home the NFC North title. Stafford threw for 246 yards and two interceptions against Green Bay back in Week 3.

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Stafford completed 17-of-28 passes for 153 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 16-14 win over the Vikings.

Stafford wasn't sharp for most of the game, and had a lot of trouble in the red zone, as the Lions had to settle for three field goals under 33 yards. He did manage to hook up with Golden Tate on a seven-yard touchdown late in the second quarter, helping salvage his fantasy game to a certain degree. He might post better numbers next week against a struggling Bears' defense.

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Stafford completed 26 of 34 passes for 311 yards and three touchdowns in Sunday's 34-17 win over the Buccaneers.

After struggling in back-to-back games against good defenses on the road, Stafford has recaptured his form during Detroit's three-game homestand. He torched the Bears on Thanksgiving and picked apart the Buccaneers on Sunday. With another home tilt against the Vikings on tap for Week 15, there's no reason to think Stafford can't stay hot. A fully healthy Calvin Johnson has made a world of difference.

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Stafford completed 34-of-45 passes for a season-high 390 yards with two TDs in Thursday's 34-17 win over the Bears.

With Calvin Johnson hitting stride Thursday, catching 11 passes for 146 yards and two TDs, and Reggie Bush potentially back in Week 14, Stafford approaches upcoming matchups versus the Bucs, Vikings and Bears with some positive momentum, which brightens his prospects for the fantasy stretch run.

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Stafford completed just 18 of 46 passes for 264 yards, no touchdowns and one interception in Sunday's 34-9 loss to the Patriots.

Stafford and the Lions have now gone eight consecutive quarters without scoring a touchdown, with the quarterback completing just 47 percent of his passes during that span. It's pretty ugly in Detroit right now, but the Lions' saving grace may be the upcoming schedule: three straight home games against the Bears, Buccaneers and Vikings. That stretch begins with a Thanksgiving game against a Chicago defense that ranked 31st in the NFL in yards per attempt (8.2) entering Week 12.

Matthew Stafford QB DET 6 months ago

Stafford completed 18-of-30 passes for 183 yards and an interception in Sunday's 14-6 loss at Arizona. He was also sacked four times.

Stafford was under constant pressure, and had a really tough time sustaining drives. He was playing in a tough environment against a fierce defense, but that probably doesn't console fantasy owners. He'll have another tough matchup next week at New England.

Matthew Stafford QB DET 6 months ago

Stafford completed 25 of 40 passes for 280 yards, with two touchdowns and one interception Sunday against the Dolphins.

Stafford finally got his favorite weapon back, and he used him heavily, throwing 15 passes to wideout Calvin Johnson, who caught seven for 113 yards and a touchdown. Wideout Golden Tate, who was the top receiver with Johnson sidelined due to an ankle injury, caught 11 passes on 13 targets for 109 yards himself, as no other player caught more than two balls. Stafford's final pass of the day was an 11-yard touchdown to running back Theo Riddick, extending his two-touchdown streak to three games. His prospects to make it four are promising, as the Lions will face off against a Cardinals defense in Week 11 that is allowing the most passing yards per game this season.