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Detroit Lions

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Fantasy Analysis | 1418622179
Lions passing game goes missing again
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

Though the Vikings hadn't been so great against the pass recently, allowing an average of 246.8 passing yards to the last four quarterbacks they faced, Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford made sure their No. 6 ranking against the pass this year held up Week 15 in Detroit, failing to reach even the 185 yards he had against them back in Week 6. He finished with a season-low 153 yards on 17-of-28 passing, throwing for just one touchdown.

This after back-to-back games with 300-plus passing yards in which he threw for a combined five touchdowns. Not even the great Calvin Johnson, who was absent for the previous meeting with the Vikings, could redeem Stafford in this one. He had 53 yards after averaging 152.0 yards the previous two weeks.

Of course, the Lions faced the Bears and Buccaneers in those two weeks, or the league's 24th- and 30th-ranked pass defenses heading into Week 15. The Vikings are certainly better than them. Still, for as few yards as they had allowed through the air, the touchdown-to-interception ratio against them was nothing foreboding. It didn't seem like an unfavorable matchup.

But with Stafford, if the numbers say it's an unfavorable matchup, it's an unfavorable matchup. He's been the most predictable quarterback in Fantasy this season; we just keep making it harder than it needs to be. The good news is that in Week 16 he'll be facing those same Bears that he torched in Week 13, so you'll want to keep him active if you're still alive in Fantasy.

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Lions' Matthew Stafford tosses one score Week 15
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford tossed one touchdown Week 15 against the Vikings.

Stafford completed 17 of 28 passes for 153 yards and a score during the contest. For the most part, Stafford had no issues with the Minnesota pass rush. He did not take any sacks or turn the ball over during the game. The Vikings defense did give him some problems, particularly with the big-play. Stafford averaged just 5.5 yards per completion, with his longest catch going for 23 yards. He had one rushing attempt, picking up 2 yards.

Stafford will look for more Week 16 against the Bears.

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Fantasy Analysis | 1418002421
Matthew Stafford looks like a changed quarterback
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

For the second straight week, Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford took advantage of a favorable matchup, following up 390-yard performance Week 13 against Chicago with a three-touchdown performance Week 14 against Tampa Bay. It was his first game with three passing touchdowns all season and just his fourth with more than 300 passing yards. He finished with 311.

Some will credit the return of star wide receiver Calvin Johnson from an ankle injury for Stafford's turnaround, and certainly, that's played a part. He was responsible for 158 of Stafford's yards in Week 14 and 146 in Week 13. But he returned in Week 10. Stafford was only productive in one of his first three games back.

At least just as responsible for the turnaround is the matchups. Stafford faced the Cardinals and Patriots in Weeks 11 and 12, two teams with some star power in their secondaries, and they were two of his worst games of the season. The Bears and Buccaneers have allowed bunches of touchdowns through the air this season, and Stafford, with help from Johnson, has added to those numbers.

Of course, whether Johnson or the matchups are more responsible is mostly irrelevant. Johnson isn't going anywhere, and Stafford has two more favorable matchups against the Vikings and Bears the next two weeks. He's finally the quarterback you drafted him to be, so keep him active.

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Lions' Matthew Stafford reaches 300 yards passing for 4th time this year
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford threw for 331 yards and three touchdowns in Sunday's 34-17 win over the Bucs. 

Stafford found wide receiver Calvin Johnson for a 6-yard touchdown to get things going in the first quarter. Then, up 20-10, Stafford connected with tight end Joseph Fauria for a 10-yard touchdown. He sealed the win for Detroit he hit running back Joique Bell for a 5-yard score.

Stafford and the Lions host the Vikings in Week 15.

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Fantasy Analysis | 1417734408
Another good one in store for Matthew Stafford?
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford seemed to hit the lowest of lows Week 12 at New England, his second straight game without a touchdown pass. At the time, he had yet to throw for three touchdowns in a game and had thrown for more than 300 yards just twice.

Well, he still has yet to throw for three touchdowns in a game, but after throwing for a season-high 390 yards Week 13 against Chicago, his prospects are suddenly looking up.

It wasn't the most unpredictable turnaround. The Patriots have a tough secondary while the Bears rank 30th against the pass. Stafford's Week 14 matchup against Tampa Bay comes closer to the latter than the former. Not only do the Buccaneers rank 21st against the pass, allowing 245.3 yards per game, but they've given up 22 touchdowns through the air, tied for seventh-most in the league.

Granted, at 2-10, they may not pose much of a challenge for the Lions, but after getting back in sync last week, Stafford and Calvin Johnson should be able to do some real damage against them before the Lions resort to running out the clock.

If you look back through Stafford's game log, he's been especially susceptible to matchups this season, so you can trust him for this one.

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2010Detroit Lions33965759.45355.5736614/364091.3
2011Detroit Lions161666342163.550387.6073411636/257641697.2
2012Detroit Lions161672743559.849676.8357201729/21263979.8
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Defensive Stats
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2010Detroit Lions300.000000.0000
2011Detroit Lions1600.000000.0000
2012Detroit Lions1622.000000.0000
2013Detroit Lions1633.000000.0000
2014Detroit Lions1433.000000.0000
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2009Detroit Lions1041020020
2010Detroit Lions321000000
2011Detroit Lions1651010010
2012Detroit Lions1664020020
2013Detroit Lions16124050050
2014Detroit Lions1472030030
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