May 30, 2016

Overall Ranking

78 '15 '14 '13
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Season Schedule

  • Week 1 - Sep 08

    NYG @ DET

  • Week 2 - Sep 14

    DET @ CAR

  • Week 3 - Sep 21

    GB @ DET

  • Week 4 - Sep 28

    DET @ NYJ

  • Week 5 - Oct 05

    BUF @ DET

  • Week 6 - Oct 12

    DET @ MIN

  • Week 7 - Oct 19

    NO @ DET

  • Week 8 - Oct 26

    DET @ ATL

  • Week 9 - Nov 02


  • Week 10 - Nov 09

    MIA @ DET

  • Week 11 - Nov 16

    DET @ ARI

  • Week 12 - Nov 23

    DET @ NE

  • Week 13 - Nov 27

    CHI @ DET

  • Week 14 - Dec 07

    TB @ DET

  • Week 15 - Dec 14

    MIN @ DET

  • Week 16 - Dec 21

    DET @ CHI

  • Week 17 - Dec 28

    DET @ GB

  • Week 1 - Sep 09

    LAR 23 @ DET 27

  • Week 2 - Sep 16

    DET 19 @ SF 27

  • Week 3 - Sep 23

    DET 41 @ TEN 44

  • Week 4 - Sep 30

    MIN 20 @ DET 13

  • Week 5 - Oct 02

    IND @ DET

  • Week 6 - Oct 14

    DET @ PHI

  • Week 8 - Oct 22

    DET @ CHI

  • Week 9 - Nov 04

    DET @ JAC

  • Week 10 - Nov 11

    DET @ MIN

  • Week 11 - Nov 18

    GB @ DET

  • Week 12 - Nov 22

    HOU @ DET

  • Week 1 - Sep 11

    DET 27 @ TB 20

  • Week 2 - Sep 18

    KC 3 @ DET 48

    599 pass yards

    7 TDs

    rush yards


  • Week 3 - Sep 25

    DET 26 @ MIN 23

  • Week 4 - Oct 02

    DET 34 @ DAL 30

  • Week 5 - Oct 10

    CHI 13 @ DET 24

  • Week 6 - Oct 16

    SF 25 @ DET 19

  • Week 7 - Oct 23

    ATL 23 @ DET 16

  • Week 8 - Oct 30

    DET 45 @ DEN 10

  • Week 9 - Nov 06


  • Week 10 - Nov 13

    DET 13 @ CHI 37

  • Week 11 - Nov 20

    CAR 35 @ DET 49

  • Week 13 - Dec 04

    DET 17 @ NO 31

  • Week 14 - Dec 11

    MIN 28 @ DET 34

  • Week 15 - Dec 18

    DET 28 @ OAK 27

  • Week 16 - Dec 24

    SD 10 @ DET 38

  • Week 1 - Sep 12

    DET 14 @ CHI 19

  • Week 2 - Sep 19

    PHI 35 @ DET 32

  • Week 3 - Sep 26

    DET 10 @ MIN 24

  • Week 4 - Oct 03

    DET 26 @ GB 28

  • Week 5 - Oct 10

    LAR 6 @ DET 44

  • Week 6 - Oct 17

    DET 20 @ NYG 28

  • Week 7 - Oct 24


  • Week 8 - Oct 31

    WAS 25 @ DET 37

    212 pass yards

    4 TDs

    0 rush yards

    0 TDs

  • Week 9 - Nov 07

    NYJ 23 @ DET 20

  • Week 10 - Nov 14

    DET 12 @ BUF 14

  • Week 11 - Nov 21

    DET 19 @ DAL 35

  • Week 12 - Nov 25

    NE 45 @ DET 24

  • Week 13 - Dec 05

    CHI 24 @ DET 20

  • Week 14 - Dec 12

    GB 3 @ DET 7

  • Week 15 - Dec 19

    DET 23 @ TB 20

  • Week 16 - Dec 26

    DET 34 @ MIA 27

  • Week 17 - Jan 02

    MIN 13 @ DET 20


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Matthew Stafford

Detroit Lions

2008 - 2011 Statistics

                                PASSING                            RUSHING                 FANTASY

                          Comp/Att   Yards   TD   INT    Rush   Yards   TD     Tot Pts   Pts/Gm

2011 Stats        421/663    5038    41    16     22      78      3        373.3    23.3

2010 Stats            57/96     535      6     1       4      11      1         52.5    17.5

2009 Stats        201/377    2267    13    20     20     100      1       165.5    16.5

2008 Stats        College

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2012 Pros and Cons

(+) In his first healthy season as a pro, Matthew led the league in passing attempts with 663, the third-most ever in a single-season

(+) Oh, and he threw for 5,038 yards and 41 TDs to boot

(+) In terms of overall tools, Stafford is as talented as it gets

(+) With the best spiral in the game, beautiful touch comes effortless to Stafford

(+) When healthy, Stafford has proven he can hang with the upper tier of fantasy QBs - ranked 5th in total points last year

(+) Titus Young is about to become a household name

(+) Stafford has very solid Red Zone targets in superhuman Megatronic Calvin Johnson and TEs Brandon Pettigrew & Tony Scheffler

(+) Megatron, Titus Young, Jahvid Best & Nate Burleson, along with the newly-drafted Ryan Broyles, gives Stafford some serious playmakers to work with

(+) Offensive Coordinator Scott Linehan trends toward throwing the ball (Detroit was 1st in pass attempts last year with 633, 3rd overall in pass attempts in 2010 and 6th overall in 2009)

(–) Even though he played all 16 games last year, he's been an injury-prone player

(–) Matty still has a tendency to play gunslinger, which can lead to poor throws and/or bad decisions

(–) Playing in the NFC North, the Lions will once again have one of the tougher schedules this season

(–) His backfield is consistently either high or injured, allowing defenses to concentrate on stopping the pass

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2009 Review

“At least it’s over with” are the words Stafford must have repeated a thousand times back home in Texas after the season ended.  On the other hand, 2009 was by no means a total loss, as Stafford became just the fifth rookie (and youngest) in history to pass for over 400 yards in a game and the FIRST rookie EVER to throw for 5 TDs in a game.  Granted the game was against the lowly Cleveland Browns, who gave up 400+ yards through the air twice on the season, but it was still a performance for the record books and won’t soon be forgotten.  Stafford dealt with the normal growing pains rookie QBs go through, which was compounded by the fact that his star receiver, Megatron, was injured in one way or another for most of the season.  People tend to forget that it’s not easy being the first overall pick in the NFL Draft, especially since the team that drafted you likely sucks, so we’d have to say that all things considered, Stafford turned out a pretty good year in his rookie campaign.

~  Ranked 26th in the league in QB fantasy points with 123.5 (basic scoring system)

~  Ranked 23rd in the league with 13 passing touchdowns

~  Ranked 29th in the league with a 61.0 QB Rating

~  Ranked 30th in the league with a 53.3% completion percentage

~  Ranked 15th in the league with 226.7 passing yards per game

~  Ranked 24th in the league with 201 completions

~  Ranked 23rd in the league with 377 attempts

~  Ranked 25th in the league with 2,267 passing yards

~  Ranked 28th in the league in yards/attempt (6.01)

~  Tied for 20th in the league for amount of sacks taken (24)

~  Set career bests in all major statistical passing category

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2010 Fantasy Outlook

To quote a Chicago Bears former head coach, Dave Wannstedt, “All the pieces are in place” for Stafford to jump up the fantasy scale this coming year.  First off, the Lions went out and grabbed a serviceable enough WR2 in Nate Burleson to take the pressure off of All-Universe WR Calvin Johnson; a move which will open up both sidelines for Stafford to use.  Second, the team traded for TE Tony Scheffler (the Lions are still counting on TE Brandon Pettigrew this year as well) and plan on using him the way the Colts use Dallas Clark.  Third, Detroit made a play to keep opposing safeties honest by taking one of the best playmakers in the 2010 NFL Draft , RB Jahvid Best.  Add to these moves that both Megatron and Stafford are coming into the season healthy, and there’s no reason to think that Stafford won’t break into the top-15 fantasy QBs in the league, especially in what looks to be a pass-heavy offense.

~ Another full offseason with his receivers should do wonders for his confidence

~ The Lions defense should still give up a ton of points, which will force the offense to pass the ball more

~ Stafford threw for at least 1 TD in 8 of the 10 games he played, while in the two he didn’t, he rushed for one in each

~ A healthy Calvin Johnson can make any QB a viable fantasy option

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Stafford does not have a Twitter account.  The official Team Twitter account comes through here:  Lions Player Tweets



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Featured Pieces

Almost two years to the day after this picture was taken (Stafford on the right, spoon-buddy on the left), Matthew Stafford was taken with the #1 overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft:

Stafford spooning


It's also been 52 years since the Lions last won an NFL championship, and supposedly this is the reason why:


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The #1 overall pick in the 2009 draft signed his monster rookie contract just seconds after being selected.  It was a six-year deal worth $72 million, with $41.75 million of it being guaranteed.  Another (easy) $6 million is available if Staff plays 35% of the snaps as a rookie (done) and 45% over the course of the deal.  Here's how it all breaks down:

2010 - $395,000

2011 - $1.17 million

2012 - $1.945 million

2013 - $2.72 million

2014 - $3.495 million

2015 - Free Agent

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Shaun Hill is the handcuff to Stafford at this point

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Team Analysis

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Strength of Schedule

SOS - Detroit Lions


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College Stats

matt stafford college stats

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Combine Results

matt stafford at the combine

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Injury Report


The body-pillow Stafford made with all the dough the Lions gave him didn't hold up in year one, but he's had enough time to recover this offseason and looks to be ready to go

Lions GM doesnt have an interest in trading Matt Stafford


Pyro's take: According to General Manager Bob Quinn he stated " I have no interest in trading Matthew Stafford."

This is a strange question to ask since it is highly doubtful that Stafford would go anywhere as he is still a top starting quarterback, which a lot of teams just don't have.

Matthew Stafford has not been the best quarterback for fantasy teams as he is barely hanging on to the bottom starting qb rung,

After throwing for 5,038 yards and 41 touchdowns in 2011, he has only broken the 30 touchdown mark once (2015) in the last four seasons. He has also bottomed out in passing yards, throwing for 4257 and 4262 the last two years. With Megatron gone its only going to get tougher.

04/21/16, 05:49 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

GM Bob Quinn acknowledges that he's yet to decide coach Jim Caldwell's fate.


Pyro's take: Tim Twentyman via Twitter "Quinn said he met Caldwell this morning and has not made a determination on his future just yet."

Quinn didn't endorse Caldwell at his introductory presser speaks as though Caldwell will be terminated soon enough.

01/11/16, 11:26 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

The Lions Duo Could be a Fruitful Stack in GPP Tournamanets in Week 15


Pyro's take: The Lions face the Saints. Vegas has this tied for the highest over under of the week. The Lions are 3.5 under dogs. So, game script should call for Stafford to put the ball in the air, and who better than Calvin Johnson to bring those tosses home safe. The Saints will attempt to contain him with Brandon Browner. According to Pro Football Focus, out of 116 CBs ranked, Double B is the absolute worst in coverage. There are plenty of attractive qualities pointing to a potentially lethal stack play in GPP.

12/19/15, 12:36 PM CST by M O

Matthew Stafford never bought into ex-OC Joe Lombardi's system.


Pyro's take: Per NFL network-NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on NFL Network's GameDay Morning that the former No. 1 overall pick's future is was very much in doubt even before the recent front office firings and the dismissal of offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi.

Per Rapoport, the Lions are considering options to replace Stafford and his $17 million salary in 2016 -- $22 million salary cap hit -- especially if they have an early draft pick.

Perhaps more interesting to Rapoport's reporting is the notion that the 27-year-old quarterback never invested in Lombardi's offense.

"Stafford never really bought in to offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi," Rapoport said. "He was essentially nursing a hangover from the loss of Scott Linehan, his preferred offensive coordinator. (Stafford and Lombardi) were never on the same page. The hope now is with new offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter, that Stafford will get back to what he was doing two years ago."

11/09/15, 04:58 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.nfl.com

Stafford Benched for Orlovsky

staff benched

Pyro's take: Stafford is pulled in the 3rd for Dan Orlovsky. Staff finished the day 20 of 32 for 188 yards, 1 TD, & 3 INTs. Orlovsky so far has completed a 3rd and connected on his passes thus far.

10/11/15, 05:12 PM CDT by M O

Nimble Matt

Matt Stafford showed off some feet skills on Monday Night Football against the New York Giants. Several times throughout the game he moved to the outside to give players time to run their routes. He hit Megatron on a long pass for a touchdown, by bringing in the defense. He also ran for a score.

Calvin Johnson mentioned that Stafford has been working on his footwork, and the quarterback agreed, “I guess it’s paying off,” Stafford said of the footwork drills. “I think you guys think I’m Cam Newton out here. “I’m buying a couple extra seconds. It’s nothing to write home about.”

Pyro's take: The Detroit Lions have plenty of weapons, but if Stafford continues to move around the pocket and run for touchdowns/first downs, this will bring in the defense, and get those skilled players more room to roam. This offense can be extra scary this year, time will tell.

09/10/14, 01:49 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.detroitnews.com

Stafford embracing new offense

Stafford said he’s doing everything he can to immerse himself in Joe Lombardi’s offense and has benefitted from the jump he got on training camp when he reported Tuesday with the rookies and other quarterbacks.

There’s a lot of pressure on Stafford to pick up this offense quickly and be the floor general for what’s expected to be a potent Lions attack.

“Learning a new offense and learning new coaches, just getting to know them on both sides of the
football. Learning new teammates. That part of it is fun. It’s a challenge, but we’re excited about it.”

“When you can master yourself, which takes time and effort, it’s proven (this offense) can be successful,” Stafford said.

Pyro's take: Stafford has more weapons at his disposal, than he has had in his previous five seasons in Detroit. In Joe Lombardi's offense Stafford may not throw as much as he has the past the three seasons (2,024 attpempts or 674 per season), but he should be more effective. The Lions were an undisciplined team under Jim Schwartz, and Stafford was forced to overcome those mistakes. This should be the year Second half Staff becomes full-time Staff.

07/28/14, 09:43 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.detroitlions.com

Stafford is man, according to Phil Simms

Simms gushed about Stafford’s ability in his analysis of the Dallas game on Showtime’s Inside the NFL show.

Stafford was mic’d up for the game by NFL Films, and his emotions and actions were evident in the final 80-yard drive that ended with his leap for a touchdown from inside the one-yard line to give the Lions their one-point victory.

The leap from the one, when Stafford had everyone – teammates included – thinking he’d spike the ball impressed Simms.

"It tells me he is truly the man there," Simms said. "That he took it upon himself to read a situation and take advantage of it."

"They got a quarterback because they want to fire it down the field," Simms said. "They want him in the shotgun. So who better than Matthew Stafford in that situation?"

In the winning drive, Stafford had a 40-yard completion to Kris Durham down the left sideline that Simms said put Stafford in select company of quarterbacks who could make the throw. Actually, the ball travelled a little more than 51 yards in the air – on a tight spiral, just beyond a defender to where only Durham could get his hands on it.

"In my eyes, two quarterbacks in the NFL can make that throw," Simms said on Showtime. "One of them is Aaron Rodgers. The other is Matthew Stafford. That was a phenomenal throw.

Pyro's take: Stafford has been on fire as of late, either throwing for 3 or 4 touchdowns, or firing up a 400-yard passing game. He is a top 5 quarterback in just about every fantasy scoring matrix, and that is going to continue.

This week he faces the Bears, who held him to his worst fantasy output in week 4. The Bears defense has struggled against the run, and Reggie Bush had a field day in their last game. The Lions are trying to take a commanding lead in the division, so look for Stafford to be putting up a much better game against the Bears this week.

11/07/13, 05:49 PM CST by Houdini
Source: www.detroitlions.com

Matthew Stafford put on injured reserve

The Detroit Lions put rookie quarterback Matthew Stafford (shoulder, knee) on injured reserve today, thus ending his 2009 NFL season.

Pyro's take: It should be mentioned that he was put on IR so that Dr. James Andrews could clean up his knee and that it has nothing to do with his shoulder. Drew Stanton will take over for Stafford as the starting QB, but he's not even close to being worth a pickup for your fantasy team.

12/24/09, 10:00 AM CST by Dawgmaticå
Source: twitter.com

Drew Stanton gets work with first team Wednesday

With Lions QB Matthew Stafford most likely out for Sunday's game against the 49ers, third string quarterback Drew Stanton took the first team reps during practice on Wednesday while regular backup Daunte Culpepper watched from the sideline.

Pyro's take: Culpepper hasn't been able to get the offense going at all when he's been in there, so why not see what the former second round pick Stanton can do? Whatever the case, he's is not worth a pickup for your fantasy team for this weekend.

12/23/09, 12:15 PM CST by Dawgmaticå
Source: www.mlive.com

Stafford inactive as expected

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (shoulder) is inactive for the game against the Cardinals today as expected. Daunte Culpepper will get the start in his place.

Pyro's take: Do NOT pick up Culpepper and use him on your fantasy team under any circumstances. We could very easily see Drew Stanton in the second half today as the big Port-O-Potty will likely stink up the Ford Field dome as usual.

12/20/09, 11:45 AM CST by Dawgmaticå
Source: www.nfl.com

Stafford out again for Week 15

After missing the entire week of practice, coach Jim Schwartz formally ruled quarterback Matthew Stafford (shoulder) out for the game against the Cardinals on Sunday and named Daunte Culpepper as his starter.

Pyro's take: Had to see this coming, as it seems the Lions are finally starting to make some smart choices. Culps is not playable on your fantasy football team this weekend, and Calvin Johnson just got a bump downwards with the news as well.

12/18/09, 03:30 PM CST by Dawgmaticå
Source: www.freep.com

Stafford unlikely for Sunday's game

According to Lions coach Jim Schwartz, quarterback Matthew Stafford (shoulder) is unlikely to play in the Week 15 matchup with the Cardinals.
“He’s still making progress,” Schwartz said. “He’s getting a little better, but he’s still a ways away.”

Pyro's take: Stafford sat out practice on Wednesday with his separated left shoulder wrapped, so it doesn't look good for the rookie QB. He wouldn't have been worth consideration for your fantasy playoffs anyway.

12/17/09, 08:15 AM CST by Dawgmaticå
Source: www.freep.com

Stafford getting the week off to rest

Lions coach Jim Schwartz announced today that quarterback Matthew Stafford will be getting Week 14 off to rest his dislocated left shoulder and that QB Daunte Culpepper will get the start in his place.

Pyro's take: FINALLY a smart move by the Lions! Stafford would have been blitzed constantly by the Ravens on Sunday, and likely punished severely for the mistake of trying to play against them. We expect the same treatment for Culpepper, but at least the Lions don't lose anything by throwing him to the wolves. Either way, sit them both on your fantasy football bench if your have them.

12/09/09, 02:45 PM CST by Dawgmaticå
Source: www.mlive.com

Stafford a bystander at practice today

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (shoulder) was sitting on the sidelines at practice today while backup QB Daunte Culpepper took all of the first-team reps.

Pyro's take: We're guessing that the Lions play it safe with their prized rookie QB and sit him out for at least this game against the Ravens. There may not be risk of further injury to his shoulder at this point, but why chance a third semi-major injury to your future QB? Sit him on your fantasy football bench regardless.

12/09/09, 12:00 PM CST by Dawgmaticå
Source: twitter.com

Stafford re-injures separated left shoulder

Lions coach Jim Schwartz says that he doesn't believe rookie QB Matthew Stafford (shoulder, knee) did any further damage to his separated left shoulder, and even though he has "a pretty good idea" of whether he will play next Sunday or not, he didn't want to discuss it.
"I have a pretty good idea, but there are shades of gray in that," said Schwartz.

Pyro's take: There is no reason to continue pushing this kid to play at this point, so with Staff getting knocked out of the game yet again on Sunday, our guess is that they shut him down for at least a game or two. He shouldn't be starting on your fantasy football team anyway, unless you play in a league where you have to start a rookie (by the way, those leagues are a blast! We HIGHLY recommend trying it).

12/07/09, 03:45 PM CST by Dawgmaticå
Source: www.mlive.com

Stafford and Megatron ready to go on Sunday

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (knee, shoulder) and wide receiver Calvin Johnson (knee, hand) both practiced in full again on Friday and are expected to start against the Bengals in Week 13.

Pyro's take: It's good to see that these two are healthy, because they'll need to be with the Bengals tough defense running after them all day on Sunday. Megatron is worth a start on your fantasy football team, as always, but Stafford should be on your bench this week.

12/04/09, 05:15 PM CST by Dawgmaticå

Stafford set to go on Sunday

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (knee, shoulder) went through a full practice again on Thursday and looks to be set to make his normal start against the Cincinnati Bengals this weekend.

Pyro's take: Staff has been one gutsy son of a gun this year, which the Lions faithful must be taking notice of. He's had a couple of good fantasy games so far this year, but this isn't going to be another one. Sit him on your fantasy football bench if you can.

12/04/09, 10:00 AM CST by Dawgmaticå
Source: www.detroitlions.com

Stafford still looking good for Sunday

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (knee, shoulder) was at practice working with the team again on Wednesday and is expected to start in Week 13.

Pyro's take: Staff seems to be a tough kid, playing through a knee injury and now through a separated left shoulder. He won't, however, be a good fantasy football play this weekend as he goes up against a good Cinci secondary on Sunday.

12/02/09, 12:30 PM CST by Dawgmaticå
Source: www.freep.com

Stafford practices on Tuesday

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (knee, shoulder) went through practice on Tuesday and looks likely to start this Sunday against the Bengals.

Pyro's take: Staff was a surprise starter for Detroit on Thanksgiving, and even more of a surprise to come out of the game healthy enough to practice today. However, should he start as expected this Sunday, the Bengals pass rush will likely eat him alive making him a no-go for your fantasy football team this week.

12/01/09, 05:15 PM CST by Dawgmaticå
Source: twitter.com