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October 26, 2020 12:56 AM
Lions' Matthew Stafford: Breaks 300 passing yards in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Stafford went 25-for-36 passing with 340 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions during Sunday's 23-22 win against the Falcons.

Stafford had committed an interception in consecutive outings entering Sunday's matchup, but he cleaned up his act by gifting zero giveaways to Atlanta in Week 7. Stafford's passing total towered over his season average of 248 passing yards per game entering the contest, though he was held to just one passing TD for the third time in six starts. Stafford's Week 8 opponent, Indianapolis, entered Sunday allowing the second-fewest passing TDs in the NFL with seven.

October 18, 2020 11:20 PM
Lions' Matthew Stafford: Manages Lions to victory
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Stafford completed 19 of 31 pass attempts for 223 yards, one touchdown and one interception in Week 6 against the Jaguars.

Stafford led the team to touchdowns on each of its first two drives of the game, though both were capped by rushing scores. From there, the Lions were in control of the contest, limiting the need for him to air the ball out. Even so, he displayed a strong connection with Kenny Golladay for long gains of 48, 36 and 16 yards while also finding T.J. Hockenson for a one-yard touchdown toss. Detroit will take on Atlanta in Week 7, which could turn into a shootout that will be more conducive to Stafford posting gaudy numbers.

October 4, 2020 08:16 PM
Lions' Matthew Stafford: Three TDs not enough
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Stafford completed 17 of 31 passes for 206 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in Sunday's 35-29 loss to New Orleans. He also threw a two-point conversion and added three carries for 21 yards.

Stafford tossed a seven-yard touchdown to D'Andre Swift followed by a 15-yard score to Kenny Golladay to grab an early 14-0 lead in the first quarter, but he threw a red-zone interception in the end zone after New Orleans came back to tie the game at 14 apiece, and it was 28-14 Saints by halftime. The veteran quarterback bounced back with a one-yard touchdown to T.J. Hockenson in the third quarter, and he found Hockenson for a two-point conversion after Adrian Peterson's fourth-quarter rushing touchdown to pull within six points. However, New Orleans was able to run out the final 3:40 to seal the win. In what has been a familiar theme throughout the course of his career, Stafford ultimately didn't get enough help from his defense or running game, as the Saints dominated time of possession. Detroit will have a bye in Week 5 before a week 6 trip to Jacksonville.

October 2, 2020 06:28 PM
Lions' Matthew Stafford: Facing banged-up defense
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Stafford has a Week 4 matchup against a Saints defense that will be missing three starters, including cornerbacks Marshon Lattimore (hamstring) and Janoris Jenkins (shoulder), Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

The Detroit offense, on the other hand, is in pretty good shape, with LG Joe Dahl (IR - groin) the only missing starter. Stafford had his best game of the young season in last week's 26-23 win over the Cardinals, and he's in good position for another multi-TD effort in a home matchup with the injury-marred Saints.

September 27, 2020 09:32 PM
Lions' Matthew Stafford: Throws two touchdown passes in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Stafford completed 22 of 31 pass attempts for 270 yards and two touchdowns during Sunday's 26-23 win over the Cardinals.

Stafford completed 71 percent of his passes while spreading the ball around to nine different receivers. He threw touchdown passes to Kenny Golladay and Jesse James while avoiding a turnover for the first time this season. Stafford's average of 8.7 yards per attempt was also his best of the season and is likely a direct result of Golladay making his season debut. Better things could be in store for Stafford and the Detroit offense, starting with next Sunday's matchup with the Saints.

September 20, 2020 05:16 PM
Lions' Matthew Stafford: Slows down after hot start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Stafford completed 20 of 33 passes for 244 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in Sunday's 42-21 loss to the Packers. He added one carry for four yards,

Stafford's four-yard touchdown to Marvin Jones put Detroit up 14-3 late in the first quarter, but it was all Packers from there. Green Bay's subsequent 31-0 run included a pick-six that Stafford threw from his own end zone, but the veteran quarterback finally halted the Packers' scoring streak with a 24-yard touchdown to Marvin Hall early in the fourth quarter. Stafford will bring a 3:2 TD:INT into a Week 3 trip to Arizona.

September 14, 2020 05:00 PM
Lions' Matthew Stafford: Plays well given circumstances
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Stafford completed 24 of 42 passes for 297 yards, one touchdown and one interception during Sunday's 27-23 loss to Chicago. He added 23 rushing yards on five carries.

Playing without top receiver Kenny Golladay (hamstring) and one of his best linemen in Halapoulivaati Vaitai (foot), Stafford should have had another passing touchdown considering rookie running back D'Andre Swift dropped a potential game-winning score in the closing seconds. However, outside of throwing a pick in the fourth quarter on a forced pass to his acting No. 1 wideout, Marvin Jones, Stafford generally played well against a tough Bears defensive front. If each of Desmond Trufant (hamstring), Justin Coleman (hamstring) and Jeff Okudah (hamstring) is unable to play in Week 2, the Lions defense could struggle to defend Aaron Rodgers and the Packers, which could lead to an even heavier workload for Stafford and the rest of the Detroit passing game.

August 4, 2020 03:52 PM
Lions' Matthew Stafford: Activated by team
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Stafford has been activated off the Lions' reserve/COVID-19 list, Kyle Meinke of reports.

Per Meinke, Stafford's recent COVID-19 test was a false positive. The Lions' starting QB is therefore available to take the field with his teammates once practices start up.

August 2, 2020 01:24 AM
Lions' Matthew Stafford: Placed on COVID-19 list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Stafford was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Stafford joins a number of other big-name Lions players that were placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list over the past week. The designation means either Stafford tested positive or was in close proximity to someone who texted positive for COVID-19, so until more information is provided, speculation regarding his return timeframe is baseless.

May 15, 2020 08:12 PM
Lions' Matthew Stafford: Indicates he's fully healthy
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Stafford relayed Thursday that he has fully recovered from the back and hip issues that plagued him in 2019, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

General manager Bob Quinn indicated in mid-April that Stafford would have been a full participant had the Lions begun their offseason program at that time, so it's not exactly a shock that Stafford is doing well. He's also been working with a number of his young pass catchers recently, which could pay dividends given the potential for a truncated offseason. He finished 2019 with a 19:5 TD:INT ratio and 2,499 passing yards over eight games, which would have put him on pace to near career-high tallies in both passing yards (5,038) and touchdown passes (41). He returns most of his pass-catching weapons from a season ago and gained a trio of rookie weapons in D'Andre Swift, Quintez Cephus and Jason Huntley.

April 17, 2020 11:36 AM
Lions' Matthew Stafford: Healthy enough to practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

General manager Bob Quinn said Stafford (back/hip) would be a full participant if the Lions were able to start their offseason program next week, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

Technically, the Lions will start their program April 27, but it will all be virtual work for the foreseeable future. The unusual offseason is arguably less of a problem for the Lions that it will be for many other teams, considering Stafford, offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and all the key wide receivers and tight ends are holdovers from the 2019 squad. Stafford missed the final eight games of last season due to multiple small fractures in his back, eventually making a full recovery this winter/spring without undergoing surgery. He also had a lingering hip injury, which wasn't deemed serious enough to require a medical procedure.

February 26, 2020 10:44 AM
Lions' Matthew Stafford: Should be ready for OTAs
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

General manager Bob Quinn said Stafford (back) is healthy and the quarterback will be full go for the start of the offseason training program, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

Quinn also reiterated that Stafford is not on the trade block while adding that he still considers the 32-year-old signal caller to be in his prime. Considering Stafford was among the top five in the league in passing touchdowns, passing yards, passer rating and completions of 20-plus yards when he injured his back in Week 9, that claim isn't a stretch.

February 13, 2020 10:12 AM
Lions' Matthew Stafford: Not being shopped
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

General manager Bob Quinn said rumors about the Lions shopping Stafford (back/hip) are "100 percent false," Michael Rothstein of reports.

The rumors mostly suggest Detroit would trade Stafford and then select a quarterback with the No. 3 overall pick in April's draft. It sounds like a reasonable strategy in a vacuum, but Stafford's contract would force the team to absorb $32 million in dead money in the event of a trade or release, compared to a $21.3 million cap hit in 2020 if he stays with the team, per's Kevin Patra. A trade would be a concession to an all-out rebuild, which wouldn't jibe with the Lions' aggressive approach to the 2019 offseason, nor would it align with the personal interests of Quinn and head coach Matt Patricia. The team's leadership presumably intends to build a stronger roster around Stafford, perhaps reassessing next offseason if it doesn't work out well in 2020. The 32-year-old quarterback said he'll be healthy before spring practices begin.

December 30, 2019 03:52 PM
Lions' Matthew Stafford: Plans to be ready for OTAs
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Stafford (back/hip) said Monday that he'll be back to full health for the start of the Lions' offseason program in April, Michael Rothstein of reports.

Stafford was sidelined for the Lions' final eight games of the season after fracturing multiple bones in his back in a Nov. 3 loss to the Raiders. The quarterback said he's "pretty close to being back to normal" and won't require offseason surgery for his back or a lingering hip issue, putting him on pace to enter the 2020 campaign with few restrictions. Prior to getting shut down, the 31-year-old looked on his way to turning in the best season of his career, as he completed 64.3 percent of his passes for 8.6 yards per attempt and a 19:5 TD:INT through his eight starts.

December 27, 2019 03:00 PM
Lions' Matthew Stafford: Agrees to contract restructuring
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Stafford (back/hip) agreed to convert a $6 million roster bonus into a signing bonus, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

The agreement clears up $4.8 million in 2020 cap space for the Lions, allowing for a bit more room to maneuver. Stafford is closing out the year on injured reserve but should be healthy long before training camp. Most of Detroit's key contributors on offense are under contract for at least one more year, with slot receiver Danny Amendola and starting right guard Graham Glasgow the notable exceptions.

December 18, 2019 12:04 PM
Lions' Matthew Stafford: Officially shut down for season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Stafford (back/hip) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

Stafford had been sidelined for each of the past six games with multiple fractures in his back in addition to a minor hip issue, but he maintained hope he would be able to make it back into action before the season ended. The typically durable veteran ultimately wasn't able to heal as quickly as he anticipated, prompting the Lions to shut him down for their final two games. With top understudy Jeff Driskel (hamstring) having previously moved to IR, the Lions will turn to David Blough and Kyle Sloter as their quarterbacks for the remainder of the season.

December 13, 2019 05:40 PM
Lions' Matthew Stafford: Officially out in Week 15
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Stafford (back/hip) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, Kyle Meinke of reports.

Stafford will be inactive for a sixth consecutive week while recovering from multiple fractures in his back in addition to a more minor hip concern. With the 3-9-1 Lions eliminated from postseason contention, Stafford looks like a longshot to play in either of Detroit's final two contests, especially after coach Matt Patricia was noncommittal about the quarterback's availability the rest of the way when he discussed the matter Friday, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. Undrafted rookie David Blough will pick up another start under center in place of Stafford in Week 15.

December 12, 2019 12:00 PM
Lions' Matthew Stafford: Not cleared to practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Stafford (hip/back) didn't take part in Wednesday's walk-through practice.

Stafford hasn't played or practiced since he was diagnosed with multiple fractures in his back prior to a Week 10 game in Chicago. A week ago, Stafford told Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press that the injury is healing "as it should," and he expects to suit up when he's cleared to do so, whether it's in one of the final three games of this season or in 2020. While Stafford remains embedded in rehab, the Lions will roll with David Blough under center, with Kyle Sloter the backup quarterback due to Jeff Driskel's (hamstring) presence on injured reserve.

December 7, 2019 02:36 PM
Lions' Matthew Stafford: Not believed to have long-term injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

While it's unlikely Stafford (back/hip) will play again in 2019, his fractured back is healing "as it should" and the injury is not a long-term concern, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports. "It's something that was kind of a freak deal that happened and obviously got to take it in stride and listen to the doctors, my body, coaches, everybody, kind of figure out what's best," Stafford said Wednesday.

Head coach Matt Patricia said earlier this week that Stafford hasn't been placed on injured reserve "out of respect for Matthew and his competitiveness," but it seems unlikely the franchise QB will return to action this season given Stafford's history with back injuries and the fact the Lions have already fallen out of playoff contention. David Blough therefore seems likely to continue on as Detroit's interim signal caller and it will be hard to trust any of the Lions skill players to consistently produce down the stretch.

December 6, 2019 03:12 PM
Lions' Matthew Stafford: Officially ruled out again
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Stafford (back/hip) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against Minnesota, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

Stafford still hasn't returned to practice but hopes to avoid injured reserve. His hip injury is believed to be far less of an issue than the fractures in his back. David Blough will get the Week 14 start.

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