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Stafford had not thrown for fewer than 219 yards in any game this season, but managed just 148 in the loss to the Eagles. He was also blanked in the touchdown department for the first time in 2013.
He actually worsened when the heavy snowfall dissipated in the second half, but he complained following the game that the field conditions made passing more difficult. He was just 4 of 13 for 61 yards after intermission.
Stafford and his Lions will host Baltimore on Monday Night Football in Week 15.
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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.
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