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Not only did Stafford pick apart Indianapolis' injury-marred secondary for 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 receptions, 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.
Stafford played the entire first half, but the Lions still struggled as a whole, failing to breach the goal line and gaining just 226 yards of total offense (compared to 363 for the Ravens). Now, through three preseason games with Stafford at the helm, Detroit is yet to score a touchdown and has converted just 3-of-4 field goal attempts while turning the ball over twice. Improved play along the offensive line could go a long way towards correcting their problematic offensive miscues, but if the preseason is any indication, Detroit could be in store for a rough transitional phase during the beginning of the team's first season post-Calvin Johnson.
Calvin Johnson's retirement signaled the end of an era in Motown, and the Detroit front office presumably understood the team can't employ the same offensive game plan anymore. Hence, the Lions installed a "newfangled, whiz-bang, up-tempo, no-huddle offense" this spring. Fundamentally, the idea is to tire the defense as well as limit the other team's ability to both substitute players and call plays to counter the offense. However, the scheme's watchword is communication, as Cooter devised a way to allow Stafford to realign the offensive formation and call plays with a system of simple commands. In the past, simplicity has benefitted Stafford, most recently when Cooter took control of the offense in the midst of the 2015 campaign. Here, Stafford did not experience an increase in attempted passes, but rather an increase in per-clip efficiency. Case in point, Stafford's final eight games in 2015 extrapolate to a highly-efficient 4,358-yard, 38-touchdown, four-interception stat line across 16 games while his first-half numbers project an underwhelming line of 4,166 yards, 26 touchdowns and 22 interceptions. Those two sets of numbers could very well represent Stafford's ceiling and floor entering the 2016 campaign. Regardless, Stafford appears poised to continue on his current trajectory and resume his late-2015 efficiency come the start of the regular season against the Colts' injury-marred secondary.
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