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First of all, Stafford is enjoying a great season despite a recent spate of interceptions. He has completed 296 of 500 passes for 3,825 yards, 27 touchdowns and 14 picks. He is coming off a 330-yard, three-score performance against Green Bay on turkey day.
Adding optimism is that Week 14 foe Philadelphia has played matador pass defense all season. The Eagles rank dead last in the NFL in passing yards allowed (3,561) and 17th in touchdowns given up through the air (20). They only have 29 sacks, which indicates that Stafford should have plenty of time to throw. They have yielded at least 236 passing yards in every game this season.
It all adds up to a potentially explosive game for Stafford, who is ranked among the top three NFL quarterbacks this week by the CBSSports.com senior Fantasy writers. Just stick Stafford in your lineups and watch the points roll in.
Stafford's first score was on a 5-yard post route to little-used receiver Jeremy Ross, his first career receiving touchdown. He then hooked up with Calvin Johnson on a crossing route that Johnson ran into the end zone with. Finally he was the benefactor of a neat one-handed grab by Kevin Ogletree in the front right corner of the end zone for his third score.
It's Stafford's first-ever win over the Packers in seven tries. He'll aim to upend the Eagles in Philadelphia in Week 14 in what could be a matchup of two playoff teams.
The good Stafford threw for 297 yards and three touchdowns. The bad Stafford fired four interceptions, his highest total since November 2011. Included was one with a minute left in the game that allowed the Buccaneers to run out the clock.
Stafford performed far better in the first half, including a second quarter stretch in which he completed seven straight passes for 92 yards and a score. He came out hot in the third quarter by hitting 4 of 5 for 56 yards and a touchdown on an early drive, but fizzled in a scoreless fourth.
He will try not to play like a turkey on Thanksgiving when the Lions host Green Bay.
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