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Stafford completed 27-of-40 passes for 299 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions Sunday against the Saints.
With Calvin Johnson (ankle) out again, Stafford connected with six different receivers, focusing on wideout Golden Tate, who caught 10 passes on 13 targets for 154 yards and a touchdown. Running backs Joique Bell and Reggie Bush combined for only 58 yards on 22 carries (2.6 YPC), leaving plenty of onus on Stafford to move the ball without his best weapon. It was a decent performance and he'll look to improve in Week 8 against a Falcons' defense that is allowing the fourth-most passing yards per game this season, though they have only given up six touchdowns through the air.
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Stafford completed 19-of-33 passes for 185 yards and one touchdowns in Sunday's 17-3 win over the Vikings.
Stafford was under pressure all game, taking four sacks for a loss of 30 yards. With Calvin Johnson (ankle) and Reggie Bush (ankle) inactive, Stafford threw 12 passes to wideout Golden Tate, who caught seven for 44 yards, while backup running back Theo Riddick caught five passes for 75 yards and a touchdown before leaving with a hamstring injury. After a solid start to the season, Stafford has failed to complete 60 percent of his passes in back-to-back games, while throwing only two touchdowns in that span. He'll have a shot to turn it around in Week 7 against a Saints defense that is giving up 267.6 passing yards per game, the eighth-highest total in the NFL.
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Stafford completed just 17-of-30 passes for 223 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's loss to Buffalo. He was intercepted once and sacked six times.
Two of Stafford's biggest offensive weapons, Calvin Johnson and Reggie Bush, left the game with injuries, forcing the Lions to lean more heavily on rarely used players like Corey Fuller and George Winn. Golden Tate had a huge game to pick up some of the slack, but with the Lions unable to establish much of a run game (just 3.5 yards per carry), the Bills were able to tee off on Stafford, putting him under frequent duress. The Lions get Minnesota next week, but we will have to wait and see whether Johnson and Bush will be available.
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Stafford completed 24-of-34 passes for 293 yards and two touchdowns, while also adding eight rushing yards and a rushing touchdown Sunday against the Jets.
Despite a banged up Calvin Johnson (ankle), Stafford carved up the Jets' weak secondary, connecting with eight different receivers, including a 59-yard touchdown to wideout Jeremy Ross and a 16-yard touchdown to tight end Eric Ebron in the second quarter. While he was sacked four times, Stafford was in control for much of the game, including connecting with Golden Tate eight times on 10 targets for 116 yards. The rushing touchdown was Stafford's second of the season, and his three-TD performance matched his Week 1 output against the other New York team. Up next is a decent matchup against a Bills defense that is much stronger against the run than the pass this season.
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Stafford completed 22-of-34 passes for 246 yards and two interceptions and a lost fumble Sunday against the Packers.
Stafford connected with six different receivers but failed to throw a touchdown for the first time this season. The Lions did a better job of trying to reach a 50:50 passing:rushing split (34:38), though the Packers did a good job of forcing turnovers. Up next is a solid Week 4 matchup against the Jets, who are excellent against the run but have struggled significantly this season against the pass.
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Stafford completed 27-of-48 passes for 291 yards with one touchdown and one interception Sunday against the Panthers.
Stafford missed an opportunity for another touchdown when Calvin Johnson had one squeak through his hands in the end zone, but it was an otherwise high-volume passing game. He connected with eight different players, with Johnson leading the way with six catches on 13 targets for 83 yards, though he was under constant pressure all game, taking four sacks. His passing volume could come down in Week 3 against the Packers, who allowed 146 rushing yards the Jets on Sunday, though if the Lions fall behind, Stafford will be asked to get them back in the game.
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Stafford completed 22-of-32 passes for 346 yards and two touchdowns in Monday's 35-14 win over the Giants, adding four carries for two yards and another score.
Though he didn't have the rushing yards to show for it, Stafford was surprisingly effective with his feet, as he not only rushed for a touchdown, but also scrambled outside of the pocket on both of his scoring strikes to Calvin Johnson. If not for three kneels, Stafford would've finished his night with just the one carry for a five-yard touchdown. Meanwhile, most of his damage through the air came courtesy of starting wideouts Johnson and Golden Tate, who combined for a Megatron-heavy 13-257-2 receiving line. After opening the season with one of his better games in recent memory, Stafford draws a tougher opponent next week in a road game against the Panthers.
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Stafford is inactive for Thursday's preseason finale in Buffalo, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
As expected, Stafford heads a number of Lions stalwarts sitting out the last exhibition before the regular season kicks off. He finished the preseason completing 21-of-30 passes for 204 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. While the offense scuffled somewhat under his direction in the third preseason game, he led three touchdown drives and another for a field goal in 10 total possessions.
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Stafford made a brief appearance in Saturday's preseason opener against the Browns, completing two-of-four passes for 18 yards.
The Lions kicked a field goal on Stafford's lone drive, though the credit mostly goes to kick returner Jeremy Ross, who ripped off a 49-yard return to start the game. Stafford has a nice stable of targets to throw to this season, with Golden Tate and first-round draft pick Eric Ebron joining Calvin Johnson and Brandon Pettigrew. Stafford also gets to work with two talented receiving backs in Reggie Bush and Joique Bell. Given that the Lions have good skill-position talent and continuity on the offensive line, Stafford will have no excuses if he struggles this season.
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Coach Jim Caldwell is "impressed" by how Matthew Stafford is performing early in training camp.
Stafford has a firm grasp on the new scheme and is also flashing improved mechanics. "In every facet when he came back, I could see improvement - footwork, accuracy, timing, command of the offense, all of those things," Caldwell said. With Golden Tate and Eric Ebron added to an already potent attack, Stafford's arrow is pointing up. He's our No. 4 quarterback behind only Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees.