Though he was pulled in the third quarter of Sunday's 42-17 loss to the Cardinals, Matt Matthew Stafford remains the Detroit Lions ' starting quarterback, the Detroit News reports.
Per the report, Stafford, who finished Sunday's game having completed 20 of 32 passes for 188 yards and one touchdown to go along with three interceptions, before being replaced by Dan Orlovsky, is not on a short leash, according to coach Jim Caldwell. Stafford -- who currently ranks 33rd in the NFL in passer rating and 34th in yards per attempt to date -- will look to turn things around in Week 6 against the 2-3 Bears, who are allowing an average of 28.4 points per game to date. It's a decent matchup on paper, but Stafford's struggles over the Lions' 0-5 start make him a hit-or-miss fantasy option this coming week.
Matthew Stafford completed 20-of-32 passes for 188 yards, with one touchdown and three interceptions in Sunday's blowout loss to Arizona. He was benched midway through the third quarter in favor of backup QB Dan Orlovsky.
Stafford's first interception came on an extremely athletic play by DE Cory Redding, but his other two picks were bad reads. It's been a funky season in general for Stafford, who has yet to post a 300-yard passing game, and has just a 6:8 TD:INT ratio. He seems to be taking fewer shots down the field, as Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate have combined for just six receptions of 20+ yards, and while he's been sacked just seven times, the offensive line has underachieved. It might not get better for Stafford next week against Chicago, which has held Stafford to just a 14:12 TD:INT ratio and 80.6 QB Rating in nine career games.
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford completed 24 of 35 passes for 203 yards, zero touchdowns and zero interceptions in Monday night's loss to the Seattle Seahawks .
Stafford and the Lions' offense struggled to move the ball Monday night, leading to just three points before Detroit's defense scored their lone touchdown. While the Seahawks' stingy home defense surely contributed toward Stafford's unexciting performance, it's encouraging that Monday marked Stafford's first game this season without a turnover. Additionally, Stafford came agonizingly close to having a touchdown pass wideout Calvin Johnson , but a goal line fumble by Johnson erased those potential points. On the whole, Stafford's production was relatively limited Monday and he'll hope next weekend's matchup against the Arizona Cardinals and offer more scoring opportunities.
Stafford also lost a fumble and took four sacks, with the excellent Denver defense unsurprisingly getting the best of Detroit's flailing offense. Stafford hasn't been the only problem, but his poor play is one of the larger reasons that the Lions have been one of the league's worst offensive teams through three weeks.
Heading to Seattle for Monday Night Football in Week 4, Stafford and the Detroit offense are likely in for another long night.
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