Stafford completed 22 of 30 passes for 245 yards two touchdowns and two interceptions during Sunday's 13-10 victory over the Chargers. He added 13 rushing yards on four carries.
While this game wouldn't have been so close had Matt Prater not missed a field goal and PAT, Stafford made enough solid passes to overcome both the kicking woes as well as a pair of untimely interceptions. His best throw arguably came on a 31-yard dart to Kenny Golladay for the go-ahead touchdown halfway through the fourth quarter. The 31-year-old has now thrown multiple touchdowns in two games to start the year and there's a solid chance he keeps that streak alive in Week 3 against a vulnerable Eagles secondary.
Stafford completed 27 of 45 passes for 385 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions during Sunday's 27-27 tie with the Cardinals. He added three rushes for 22 yards and had two fumbles (one lost).
It was a game of ups and downs for Detroit, but fantasy football managers nonetheless have to be encouraged by what they saw from Stafford in his first regular-season game under new offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell. Not only does Stafford already have as many three-touchdown games as he had last season, but this was his highest yardage total since Week 8 in 2017 as well as his most rushing yards since Week 2 in 2017. While we'll need a larger sample size to gain trust in Stafford week-in and week-out, early indications suggest that the Lions may finally have a balanced offensive attack that will help the quarterback put up points more frequently than in year's past.
Stafford completed 12 of 19 passes for 137 yards and one touchdown during Friday's preseason game against the Bills.
Stafford saw significant run in what was his first and presumably final appearance of the preseason. While he looked sharp in his first game action under new coordinator Darrell Bevell, Stafford's overall outlook is trending down after stud center Frank Ragnow (leg) went down with a seemingly serious injury. At least Stafford has a relatively soft matchup to start the 2019 season against a Cardinals defense that won't have Patrick Peterson (suspension) available to play.
Stafford is taking part in warmups Friday against the Bills, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.
It looks like Stafford could get into some game action during this third preseason contest, which traditionally serves as a dress rehearsal for the regular season. If nothing else, Stafford's participation in warmups lends credence to his claims that last year's back injury is no longer bothering him.
Stafford said his back injury from last year isn't a lingering issue, Justin Rogers of The Detroit News reports.
MLive.com's Kyle Meinke suggests there may be something going on with Stafford, who has been rested for a few practices and held out for the first two weeks of the preseason. The 31-year-old quarterback insists he's healthy, noting that the back injury he played through last year didn't even require offseason surgery. A strong showing in Friday's preseason game against Buffalo could put the matter to rest.
Stafford did not play in Saturday's preseason game against the Texans.
Stafford got the night off alongside other select starters. However, it wouldn't be a surprise if he sees up to a quarter of playing time in the third exhibition tilt next Friday against the Bills.
According to Mike O'Hara of the Lions' official site, Stafford played with "broken bones in his back" during the later stages of the 2018 season.
A regular on Lions injury reports over the final four weeks of the campaign, Stafford wasn't listed as less than limited on any of them while gutting out a back injury. The extent of the issue wasn't revealed until O'Hara's proclamation, though. With that knowledge, it's understandable why Stafford dipped below 200 passing yards twice in that four-game stretch after doing so just two times in the first 12 contests of the season. His health hasn't been a question mark during the offseason program as he acclimates to a more run-based offense under the direction of coordinator Darrell Bevell. Considering that development, Stafford's output could take a hit, though the presence of rising third-year wideout Kenny Golladay (chest) doesn't hurt his cause.
Stafford will work with a new offensive coordinator in 2019 after the Lions hired Darrell Bevell to replace Jim Bob Cooter, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.
Cooter helped Stafford produce three straight seasons (2015-17) with at least 7.2 yards per attempt and a completion percentage above 65, but the Lions opted not to renew their coordinator's contract after a disappointing 2018 campaign. Personnel seemed to be a bigger problem than coaching, with Golden Tate traded away in late October and Marvin Jones suffering a season-ending knee injury shortly thereafter. It didn't help that the team insisted on giving LeGarrette Blount carries (154) even as he eked out just 2.7 yards per attempt. Bevell is best known for his run-heavy offenses led by Marshawn Lynch and Russell Wilson in Seattle, not to mention the infamous Malcolm Butler goal-line interception in Super Bowl XLIX. The hiring is probably better news for Kerryon Johnson (knee) than Stafford, though general manager Bob Quinn did emphasize his desire to field a balanced offense. Head coach Matt Patricia seems to prefer a conservative approach, though it requires his defense to take a big step forward from 2018.
Stafford completed 20 of 32 pass attempts for 266 yards and two touchdowns during Sunday's 31-0 win against the Packers.
Entering Week 17, Stafford was coming off a gauntlet run of elite NFL secondaries. A veteran with seven consecutive 4,200-yard passing seasons prior to 2018, Stafford was limited to an underwhelming 187.7 passing yards per game with a 5:5 TD:INT ratio over his past six outings. This slump having come while facing four of the league's 10 best pass defenses in Buffalo, Minnesota, Arizona and Chicago, Stafford was poised for a bounce-back performance taking on a Green Bay defense that entered the regular-season finale having surrendered the seventh-most completions to opposing quarterbacks while forcing the fourth-fewest interceptions. Stafford did just that, wrapping up 2018 with his first multi-touchdown performance since Week 10 as the Lions completed a 6-10 campaign. With two losing seasons and only one playoff appearance over his past four years as the starter, Stafford aims to lead Detroit back to the postseason in 2019 with the team benefiting from a fourth-place schedule.
Stafford (back) completed 18 of 32 passes for 116 yards in Sunday's 27-9 loss to the Vikings.
Stafford moved the ball well early, but he couldn't finish off drives as his team took a 9-0 lead on three field goals. The offense completely stalled after that, and Detroit's starting quarterback was even removed for backup Matt Cassel in the fourth quarter with the game well in hand for the opposition. Even if the Lions decide against shutting Stafford down for the meaningless finale in Green Bay, his 1,126 passing yards and 3:3 touchdown-to-interception ratio over the past six weeks don't inspire much confidence.
Stafford (back) is active for Sunday's game against the Vikings, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.
Stafford has contended with a back injury in advance of each of the Lions' past three contests, but again it won't stop him from being available, marking his 127th consecutive start. In the previous two outings, he combined for only 309 yards and one touchdown at a clip of 5.9 yards per attempt, numbers that he may replicate versus a Minnesota pass defense that has allowed just 170.8 yards per game, three touchdowns and 6.3 YPA to quarterbacks over the last five games.
Stafford (back), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Vikings, is expected to play, a source tells Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Given Stafford's history of playing at less-than-optimal health, there never seemed to be much concern that he wouldn't be available in Week 16, especially after he was at least able to practice on a limited basis Wednesday through Friday. Though he'll likely be good to go, Stafford's weekly fantasy utility has taken a significant hit in the second half with a number of injuries befalling the Lions' skill-position players. Stafford should at least be buoyed by top wideout Kenny Golladay (chest) likely being available, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, but that probably won't be enough to make the signal-caller a comfortable fantasy option against a tough Minnesota defense.
The Lions are listing Stafford (back) as questionable for Sunday's game against the Vikings.
Stafford's practice participation was limited throughout the week while he manages the back issue, which has been plaguing him for much of the past month. Even with the postseason out of reach for the Lions, it's not expected that Stafford is at major risk of sitting out this weekend, given his lengthy track record of playing through pain. Still, he won't make for an alluring fantasy option due to the poor collection of talent surrounding him. Star running back Kerryon Johnson (knee) joined starting wideout Marvin Jones (knee) on injured reserve this week, while top receiver Kenny Golladay (chest) is also listed as questionable for Week 16.
Stafford (back) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice.
Stafford's reps were also restricted Wednesday, but coach Matt Patricia hasn't suggested that any shutdown plan is in the works for the star quarterback, who hasn't missed a start since 2010. Even if he advances to full participation in practice Friday to clear up concern about his back injury, Stafford should be viewed as a low-end fantasy option after posting a 5:5 TD:INT over his past seven games while failing to eclipse 300 passing yards in any of those outings.
Stafford (back) was listed as a limited participant at Wednesday's practice.
For the third straight week, the Lions are placing a cap on Stafford's reps due to the back injury. However, his ensuing pair of performances yielded just 309 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions on 52 pass attempts. While there's not much doubt that he'll be available Week 16, a matchup with the Vikings' fourth-ranked pass defense isn't exactly enticing.
Stafford (back) completed 22 of 29 passes for 208 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 14-13 loss to Buffalo.
Stafford did most of his damage when hooking up with Kenny Golladay, who accounted for 146 of Stafford's 208 yards. The quarterback's lone touchdown was a four-yard score to Andy Jones in the second quarter. With a 3:3 touchdown to interception ratio over the past five games and fewer than 250 passing yards in each of those contests, Stafford shouldn't be on the radar in one-quarterback formats against the Vikings in Week 16.
Stafford (back) is active for Sunday's game at Buffalo.
Despite tending to a back injury, Stafford will be available for the second week in a row. That said, he's facing the Bills' No. 1 pass defense without the services of Kerryon Johnson (knee) and Bruce Ellington (hamstring), so Stafford doesn't exactly have the greatest matchup.
Stafford expects to play through a back injury Sunday at Buffalo, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports. "I played with it last week, so I plan on playing with it again," Stafford said Friday.
Limited by the issue for a second consecutive week, Stafford nonetheless is set on suiting up, as intimated by his comment. In his first attempt to do so, he managed just 101 passing yards Week 14 at Arizona, and an upcoming matchup with the top-ranked Bills pass defense isn't exactly inviting, especially with Kerryon Johnson (knee) and Bruce Ellington (hamstring) unavailable.
Stafford (back) practiced in a limited fashion Thursday.
Stafford was tagged as limited on Wednesday's estimated injury report, so maintaining that level of activity in an actual practice signals he'll be fine to play through a back injury for a second consecutive game Sunday against the Bills' top-ranked pass defense. In the first one, he managed a career-worst 101 yards, no touchdowns and zero picks on 15-for-23 passing Week 14 in Arizona.
Stafford (back) was a limited practice participant Wednesday, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.
Stafford played through the same injury during Sunday's 17-3 win over the Cardinals, completing 15 of 23 passes for a career-low 101 yards. He should be able to play again this week, but there isn't much cause for optimism in a road matchup with a Buffalo defense that has surrendered just 6.4 yards per pass attempt, the second-best mark in the NFL.
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