Stafford completed 23 of 31 passes for 270 yards and four touchdowns without an interception Sunday against the Rams. He added another 14 rushing yards across five carries. Stafford took advantage of a suspect Rams secondary down its top cornerback, finishing the day with season-highs in both QBR (139.8) and passing touchdowns. He connected with six different receivers along the way, but almost exclusively focused in on Golden Tate, Anquan Boldin and Marvin Jones with TE Eric Ebron (knee) sidelined. The former No. 1 overall pick will enjoy another favorable matchup at home in Week 7 against Washington and the league's 22nd-ranked pass defense.
Stafford completed 19 of 25 passes for 180 yards and three touchdowns, also rushing for 16 yards on six rushing attempts, in the Lions' 24-23 victory over the Eagles in Week 5. Stafford's 180 passing yards represents his lowest total since Week 15 of 2014, but his overall performance may have been one of the most relieving for Lions fans in recent memory given their recent three-game skid. While he didn't single in on any one receiver in particular, even though he connected with just five of his teammates, Stafford efficiently maneuvered his offense around a stingy Eagles defense and ultimately came out of the contest turnover-free. Next up is a Week 6 tilt against the Rams in the comfort of Ford Field.
Stafford completed 28 of 41 pass attempts for 385 yards and three touchdowns during Sunday's loss to the Packers. He also added an interception and 11 yards on two carries. Stafford and the Lions were forced to play from behind for a majority of Sunday's contest after getting down early, which opened the door for the quarterback to put up big numbers. His favorite target Week 3 turned out to be Marvin Jones who he connected with six times for 205 yards and two scores, including a 73-yard play. Stafford had a similar game to his Week 1 performance against the Colts when he also tossed three touchdowns, an improvement from last week's loss to the Titans. His next test will come next week in a division matchup against the Bears.
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. Not only did Stafford pick apart Indianapolis' injury-marred secondary for the 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.
Stafford is unlikely to play Thursday against the Bills, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports. 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.
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|15||12/18||@New York Giants||7||15.67|
|17||01/01||Green Bay Packers||24||22.40|
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