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Matthew Stafford | Quarterback

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (26) / 2/7/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 234
College: Georgia
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Matthew Stafford has been sacked 33 times this season, just three off his career-worst mark from 2011.
Only Colin Kaepernick has been sacked more times this season (34). Stafford is getting taken down once every 12.6 dropbacks, a preposterous number that's helped contribute to his recent anemic play. Things may not get any better in Week 13, as there's a good chance the Lions will be missing LT Riley Reiff (knee) on a short week. Nov 25 - 6:52 PM

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Matthew Stafford completed just 18-of-46 throws for 264 yards and an interception in the Lions' Week 12 loss to the Patriots.

The Lions' offense has been all kinds of out of sorts this season. That continued Sunday as Detroit was unable to get anything going outside the numbers versus RCB Brandon Browner and LCB Darrelle Revis. Stafford played wildly and panicked, and put a stamp on another miserable game with a fourth-quarter duck interception "complete" to Patriots CB Logan Ryan. Although Stafford has been a major 2014 disappointment, he has a favorable enough schedule to finish strong, facing the Bears twice, the Buccaneers, and the Vikings in the final month of the fantasy football season. He'll be a borderline QB1, albeit with top-shelf QB1 upside on Thanksgiving against Chicago.
Nov 23 - 4:38 PM

Matthew Stafford completed 18-of-30 passes for 183 yards, zero touchdowns and one interception in Detroit's 14-6, Week 11 loss to the Cardinals.

Stafford also committed a fumble, but the Lions recovered. Stafford has historically struggled in the desert, and today wasn't any different. He had little time to throw, which was a bad combination with Arizona's sticky coverage of Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate. Stafford's pick was an ill-advised deep ball to Megatron. Stafford was expected to take off with the return of his No. 1 receiver, but has instead been shaky through two tough matchups. Things won't get any easier in Week 12, as the Lions must venture to New England. Things ease up significantly after that, however.
Nov 16 - 7:26 PM

Matthew Stafford completed 25-of-40 passes for 280 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in Detroit's 20-16, Week 10 win over the Dolphins.

With his No. 1 receiver, Calvin Johnson, finally back in tow, Stafford had a solid day against one of the league's best defenses. Even in the face of strong coverage from Brent Grimes, Stafford found Megatron seven times for 113 yards and a touchdown. Calvin pasted Grimes for a 49-yard score on Detroit's second possession, while Stafford's second throw was a ridiculous sidearm number to Theo Riddick with just 0:29 remaining in the game. Stafford's INT was an under-thrown ball for Johnson in the end zone. With the planet's best wideout back at his side, Stafford will be an elite QB1 for Week 11 against the Cardinals' shaky pass defense.
Nov 9 - 4:48 PM

Matthew Stafford completed 24-of-47 passes for 325 yards, two touchdowns and an interception against the Falcons in London Week 8.

The Lions' offense sleepwalked through the first half in London, but came alive in the second to score 22 unanswered points. Stafford struggled all game, but was able to put it together when it mattered, leading a 63-yard game-winning drive with only 1:38 to go in the fourth. After eight games, Stafford is on pace for 4,432 yards, 22 touchdowns and 14 interceptions this season.
Oct 26 - 12:47 PM

Matthew Stafford completed 27-of-40 passes for 299 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in a comeback win over the Saints Week 7.

Down 23-10 with five minutes left, Stafford started the comeback by hitting Golden Tate for a 73-yard touchdown to close the gap to 23-17. After a Drew Brees interception, Stafford found Corey Fuller in the back of the end zone for the game-winning touchdown. Stafford did not play well, but he made plays when it counted. Stafford gets the Falcons in London next week.
Oct 19 - 4:18 PM

Matthew Stafford completed 19-of-33 passes for 185 yards and one touchdown against the Vikings Week 6.

Stafford struggled without Calvin Johnson, missing several open receivers early in the game. The Lions pass catchers did not help by dropping several catchable balls as well. Stafford now has two total touchdowns and a 57.8 percent completion percentage over the last two games. He will be a shaky QB1 as long as Calvin Johnson is out.
Oct 12 - 4:18 PM

Matthew Stafford completed 17-of-30 passes for 223 yards, one touchdown, and an interception in Sunday's Week 5 loss to Buffalo.

Stafford had to play without Calvin Johnson and Reggie Bush for most of the second half after both left with ankle injuries. He threw a nine-yard touchdown to Golden Tate for his only touchdown, and was intercepted by Stephon Gilmore on a pass thrown behind Bush. Stafford was under heavy pressure the entire game and took six sacks. He has a plus matchup with the Vikings in Week 6, but will need to be downgraded if both Johnson and Bush remain sidelined.
Oct 5 - 4:37 PM

Matthew Stafford completed 24-of-34 passes for 293 yards and two touchdowns against the Jets Week 4.

Stafford was sharp early, completing six of his first seven throws and tossing two touchdowns before the break. The Lions' offense slowed down in the second half, allowing the Jets back into the game. Stafford responded, though, by capping off a 90-yard, 7:32 drive with a one-yard rushing touchdown to put the game out of reach. After four games, Stafford is on pace for 4,704 yards with 20 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.
Sep 28 - 4:10 PM

Matthew Stafford was unharmed when a pedestrian bridge collapsed just ahead of him on the Southfield Freeway in Michigan early Friday morning.

Stafford was on his way to practice around 6 AM when the bridge collapsed. He had to leave his vehicle stranded on the freeway as one of the first motorists on the scene, and was escorted to the Lions' facility by a team employee. One citizen died in the accident. It's been an odd week for the Lions. MLB Stephen Tulloch tore his ACL celebrating a sack last Sunday, and TE Joseph Fauria suffered a serious ankle injury at his home Wednesday evening.
Sep 26 - 10:03 AM

Matthew Stafford completed 22-of-34 passes for 246 yards, zero touchdowns and two interceptions in the Lions' 19-7, Week 3 win over the Packers, also losing a fumble.

The Lions winning a game where Stafford commits three turnovers is a bit like a total solar eclipse. Aaron Rodgers wasn't any better for the Packers, however, while Stafford kept the chains moving in a low-scoring game. All three of Stafford's turnovers were regrettable, and his mechanics weren't exactly in tip-top shape. He has a lot to clean up ahead of next week's trip to the Meadowlands to take on Rex Ryan's Jets.
Sep 21 - 3:57 PM

Matthew Stafford completed 27-of-48 throws for 291 yards, a touchdown, and an interception in the Lions' Week 2 loss to the Panthers.

He took four sacks and added an eight-yard scramble. The Lions' protection was generally overwhelmed by the Panthers' dominant defensive front, particularly late in the game, and even without RE Greg Hardy. Stafford owners need to shake off this relatively slow game and start him with confidence as an elite QB1 when Detroit takes on Green Bay's far-inferior defense in Week 3.
Sep 14 - 5:21 PM

Coach Jim Caldwell said Matthew Stafford did a "tremendous job in terms of making good decisions" in the Lions' Week 1 win over the Giants.

"I think you saw him spread the ball around quite a bit," Caldwell continued. "I thought he did a nice job of not forcing the ball. He did take some check-downs that ended up being pretty sizable plays for us." It's notable because in the past Stafford had been known to force the ball to Calvin Johnson. He didn't do that Monday. Stafford completed 68.8 percent of his passes, a feat he'd accomplished just twice in his previous 32 starts. With an improved arsenal of weapons and a better coaching staff, Stafford is a legitimate top-end QB1 option.
Sep 10 - 9:45 AM

Matthew Stafford completed 22-of-32 passes for 346 yards and two touchdowns in the Lions' Week 1 win over the Giants on Monday night.

He added a five-yard rushing touchdown on the ground. One of the goals of the new coaching staff was to make Stafford more efficient. All signs are positive after one game. Stafford entered 2014 with a 59.5 career completion percentage; he completed 68.8 percent of his passes Monday. Stafford went through his progressions and was his usual self, making some ridiculous throws thanks to his rocket arm. While moving away from his receiver, Stafford flicked a 16-yard touchdown pass into the back of the end zone to Calvin Johnson. (Both scores went to Megatron.) Stafford and the Lions head to Carolina in Week 2. He should flirt with top-five QB numbers this season.
Sep 8 - 10:35 PM

Matthew Stafford completed 10-of-16 passes for 98 yards and an interception in the Lions' third preseason game Friday night.

The interception was Stafford's first of the preseason. He tried forcing a pass to Calvin Johnson and got baited into a pick in the first quarter, but was able to bounce back. Stafford has top-three quarterback upside if he can cut down on his career-high 21 turnovers from last year. He'll finish the preseason 21-of-30 for 204 yards (9.71 YPA) with two touchdowns and one interception.
Aug 22 - 9:58 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Matthew Stafford
2Dan Orlovsky
3Kellen Moore
RB1Joique Bell
2Reggie Bush
3Theo Riddick
4George Winn
GLB1Joique Bell
2Reggie Bush
3RB1Reggie Bush
2Joique Bell
FB1Jed Collins
WR11Calvin Johnson
2Jeremy Ross
3T.J. Jones
WR21Golden Tate
2Corey Fuller
3Ryan Broyles
WR31Jeremy Ross
TE1Brandon Pettigrew
2Eric Ebron
3Joseph Fauria
K1Matt Prater