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Matthew Stafford shows signs of promise in comeback


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/26/2014) Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford hasn't been enjoying life without Calvin Johnson so far this season, and up until halftime Sunday, that trend looked like it was going to continue.

Stafford had just 2 Fantasy points at halftime in Week 8, as the Lions were being run off the field. However, he finally found his way in the second half, by leaning heavily on Golden Tate, his best receiver left. Stafford and Tate hooked up four times for 128 yards after the break, including a 59-yard touchdown in the third quarter.

Stafford has usually found success in the past by leaning on Johnson heavily, so it is natural he might have trouble figuring out how to operate without him. Tate is no Johnson, but he has proven to be a pretty dependable No. 1 receiving option anyways, and someone Stafford needs to rely on moving forward, even when Johnson comes back. 

Sunday's game was a promising one for Stafford, since it is his first 20-plus Fantasy point effort since Week 4. With Johnson hopefully getting close to returning, this might be the perfect time to buy low on Stafford, who could be in line for a big second half after the team's Week 9 bye. 


Matthew Stafford leads Lions back from 21-point deficit in London


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/26/2014) Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford led his team back from a 21-point halftime deficit in a last-second Week 8 victory over the Falcons in London.

Stafford surpassed Bobby Layne's record for most touchdown passes in a career with a 59-yard touchdown strike to Golden Tate in the third quarter. He found Theo Riddick for a short 5-yard touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter. The Lions got the ball back with 1:38 remaining and Stafford led his team to an 11-play, 63-yard drive which led to a game-winning 48-yard field goal by Matt Prater as time expired.

Stafford compiled 325 yards through the air while completing 24 of 47 passes, registering a 78.8 passer rating. He added two touchdowns and one interception. Stafford cracked the 300-yard mark for the first time since the opening week.

The Lions are on a bye Week 9 before returning Week 10 at home against the Dolphins.


Matthew Stafford becoming a pain in the buns


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/14/2014) You drafted Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford expecting huge numbers, right?

Well, guess what? He's only the No. 12 quarterback in standard CBSSports.com leagues. Russell Wilson is one of the 11 ahead of him, and he has had his bye already.

The lack of touchdowns is most concerning for Stafford. He has had pretty good yardage so far, with Week 6 being the exception, but in four of his six games he has thrown for fewer than two scores. That's a surefire way to lose in Fantasy with all the pass-happy offenses in the league today.

Certainly, the loss of Calvin Johnson hasn't helped, but Stafford wasn't exactly lighting it up with his star wide receiver. And the latest reports have Johnson potentially sitting out until Week 10, so waiting around for him isn't the answer. The good news is the Lions face two of the league's worst pass defenses, New Orleans and Atlanta, over the next two weeks, so you can at least justify starting Stafford if you have to.

But the consistency just isn't going to be there for him. I'd be looking to add Joe Flacco or swing a deal for Cam Newton or Tony Romo if I owned Stafford.


Lions' Matthew Stafford tosses one Week 6


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/12/2014) Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford managed to toss one touchdown Week 6 against the Vikings.

Stafford finished 19 of 33, for 185 yards and a score. Stafford did not turn the ball over during the contest. Without Calvin Johnson and Reggie Bush, Stafford was limited to dump-offs. He averaged just 5.6 yards per completion. Theo Riddick seemed to be Stafford's favorite target early. Riddick had a 41 yard reception on the team's first drive, and capped it off with a 9 yard receiving score from Stafford. He was constantly under pressure during the start, and was sacked four times. Stafford also picked up 1 rushing yard on one attempt.

Stafford will take on the Saints Week 7.


Lions QB Matthew Stafford holding onto the football a little too long


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/9/2014) After being sacked 22 times in 2013, Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has been sacked 17 times through the first five games in 2014. Stafford and coach Jim Caldwell have said the offensive line needs to do a better job protecting the quarterback, but it seems Stafford deserves some of the blame as well, according to MLive.com.

Stafford is holding onto the football longer this season than last. Stafford is waiting at least 2.6 seconds to throw the ball on 47.1 percent of his dropbacks, which is up 9.1 percent from last year, according to ProFootballFocus. He's taken 16 of his 17 sacks when he's held the football at least 2.6 seconds.

"You get sacked as many times as I got sacked, you can find ways to get the ball out quicker," Stafford said. "Find open guys and just make sure I'm taking as few hits as I possibly can. And that's something I'll continue to work on."

Caldwell said Stafford has been slow on some of his reads, but also added some plays are slow-developing by design in coordinator Joe Lombardi's scheme.

"There may be a few more of play-action passes that require holding the ball a little bit longer, to make certain that we get the proper depth of the route for the timing," Caldwell said. "Some of those things are there and in place. But it's a variety of things, I think, so we're crossing the entire gamut in that regard."


Matthew Stafford a risk worth taking vs. Vikings


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/8/2014) The expected absence of Calvin Johnson makes Matthew Stafford a somewhat risky play in Week 6, but he is facing a pretty good matchup as the Lions get set to take on the Vikings.

Stafford has been predictably unreliable with Johnson limited over the last two games, scoring 29 points In Week 4 and then following that up with a 12-point showing in Week 5. The main difference in the two games was the opponent, as the Bills feature a tougher defense than the Jets, his last two opponents. The good news is, the Vikings aren't a particularly tough passing defense, having allowed 71 combined Fantasy points over the last three games.

Stafford is going to be tough to rely on as long as he is playing without the game's best receiver, but Golden Tate is still around as a pretty solid first option if he needs to be. Stafford certainly is not a must-start quarterback, as he has shown recently, but he is good enough o play against this matchup. 


Matthew Stafford risky without Calvin Johnson


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2014) With Calvin Johnson a nonfactor for the Lions, Matthew Stafford struggled to move the ball through the air in Week 5.

Stafford finished Sunday's game against the Bills with just 12 Fantasy points, the second time in four games he has fallen below 15 Fantasy points. And, though it might be easy to chalk it up to Stafford not having Johnson to throw to, Stafford looked perfectly fine last week, when he racked up 23 Fantasy points while Johnson was used as a decoy.

Stafford's value is not tied entirely to Johnson's availability -- he's still capable of being plenty productive without him. However, Johnson's limitations or potential absence certainly makes Stafford a higher-variance player, which makes him harder to rely on every week.

Keep an eye on Johnson's status, for Week 6, but tentatively pencil him into your starting lineup against a Vikings defense that has surrendered 71 Fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks over the last three games. 


Lions QB Matthew Stafford dealing with normal bumps and bruises


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/29/2014) Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford received treatment on his throwing arm and was seen limping after Sunday's game against the Jets. However, coach Jim Caldwell said Monday those injuries were nothing out of the ordinary, according to The Detroit News.

"He's OK," Caldwell said of the quarterback. "The game is a physical game, a lot of contact and, as you well know, collisions out there. So guys are going to sometimes come out of those games pretty sore from time to time. I doubt that there's anybody in this building that has played 65 plays like he played that doesn't come out of there with some issues."


Calvin Johnson not at 100 percent, limited to two grabs in Week 4


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2014) Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson played intermittently in Week 4 against the Jets due to a sprained ankle.

Johnson, who nearly missed the entire week of practice because of the injury, was on and off the field, limited to snap count. He caught a short 6-yard pass in the second quarter for his first grab of the day. He caught another 6-yard pass on the opening drive of the third quarter for his last catch of the day. He was limited to two catches for 12 yards in a 24-17 victory.

After the game Matthew Stafford told ESPN Radio that the team took it easy on Johnson since he was not at 100 percent. It was the least amount of receiving yards he's recorded in a win. 

Johnson will try to get back on track in Week 5 at home against Buffalo.


Matthew Stafford scores three times in Week 4


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2014) Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford scored three times and nearly cracked the 300-yard mark in a win over the Jets in Week 4.

Stafford hooked up with Jeremy Ross for a 59-yard touchdown and also found rookie tight end Eric Ebron for a 16-yard strike -- all in the second quarter. He scored a rushing touchdown with 1-yard out in the fourth quarter.

Stafford compiled 293 yards through the air while completing 24 of 34 passes. He added two touchdowns and no interceptions, registering a 116.4 passer rating. He was sacked four times and finished with 8 yards and a touchdown on the ground.

The Lions will host the Bills in Week 5.


Good test for Matthew Stafford in Week 4


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/25/2014) So ... who's excited about starting Matthew Stafford this week?

Can't get all the way there, can you? He's been Fantasy Football's greatest enigma since his 5,000-yard, 40-touchdown season in 2011. Even this year, he started off with a bang before a couple of lackluster performances back-to-back.

Of course, those were against the Panthers and the Packers, who have fared well against the pass this season, regardless of the opponent, which is what makes his matchup Week 4 at the Jets so interesting.

These ain't your daddy's Jets. Darrelle Revis is long gone, and their secondary no longer dominates the way it used to. In terms of yardage, they rank ninth against the pass, but they've allowed seven touchdowns through the air without recording a single interception. They've also surrendered the fourth-most Fantasy points to quarterbacks this season. The Packers' Aaron Rodgers had his one good game against them in Week 2, throwing for 346 yards and three touchdowns.

Yardage hasn't been the problem for Stafford this season. Touchdowns have. If he can't manage a couple in this game, then maybe you shouldn't be just lukewarm on starting him, but shy away from it altogether.


Matthew Stafford held without a score Week 3


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was held without a score Week 3 against the Packers.

Stafford completed 22 of 34 passes for 246 yards. He was held without a touchdown, but threw two interceptions. Stafford also had six rushes for 8 yards during the contest. The Packers DST turned in a pretty solid game. While Calvin Johnson still had a fair amount of yardage, they were able to take away the big play. Stafford also lost a fumble during the game.

Stafford will look for more Week 4 against the Jets. 


Matthew Stafford shows better judgment, technique


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/10/2014) It's only one game, but early returns were promising for Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford. After making bad decisions and displaying poor fundamentals late last season, Stafford did nearly everything right in Monday's win over the Giants.

"I do think Matthew did a tremendous job of making good decisions," coach Jim Caldwell told the Detroit Free Press. "I think you saw him spread the ball around quite a bit. 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."

Stafford threw for 346 yards and two touchdowns and ran for a score without committing a turnover.


Matthew Stafford shines with three touchdowns in Week 1 win


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/8/2014) Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford got off to a dream start, scoring three touchdowns Monday night against the Giants in Week 1.

Stafford scrambled and escaped the rush to keep the play alive before firing a 67-yard touchdown to Calvin Johnson, who was left all alone downfield on the opening drive of the game. Stafford found Johnson again, who made a leaping grab for a 16-yard touchdown on the ensuing drive. He showed his wheels in the third quarter, scoring from 5 yards out.

He compiled 346 yards through the air while completing 22 of 32 passes. He threw for two touchdowns and no interceptions, finishing with a 125.3 passer rating. 212 of his 346 yards came in the first half. He also had four carries for two yards and a touchdown.

Stafford will travel to Carolina to face the Panthers in Week 2. He hasn't faced Carolina since 2011. He carved them up for 335 yards through the air, with five touchdowns and two interceptions.

Starting Stafford Week 1 is about as safe of a bet as it gets


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/4/2014) Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford had a rough outing his last time out against the Giants in 2013. He'll look to rebound at home come Week 1.

Stafford completed 25 of 42 passes for 222 yards, with no touchdowns and two interceptions. This time around, he'll have a few new weapons to target, most notably Golden Tate. Last season, Stafford averaged 290.6 yards per game. The Giants allowed 223.3 yards through the air in 2013, which ranked 10th best in the league.

Regardless of the matchup, Stafford was one of the most consistent signal callers in Fantasy last season, and that hasn't changed. Starting Stafford against New York is about as safe of a bet as it gets for Week 1.

Matthew Stafford picked off once in dress rehearsal game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/22/2014) Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was picked off once in an up-an-down outing Friday night against the Jaguars in exhibition play.

Stafford was intercepted by Andre Branch in the first quarter. He was limited to only one half of work with the first unit. He compiled 98 yards through the air while completing 10 of 16 passes. He had one interception and no touchdowns, registering 53.6 passer rating.

Matthew Stafford nearly perfect in second preseason game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/15/2014) Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was nearly perfect as he struck paydirt twice in Friday's preseason game against the Raiders in Oakland.

Stafford hooked up with Golden Tate for a 28-yard strike on the opening drive of the game. On the ensuing series, he found Kris Durham for a 4-yard pass in the end zone. He was limited to three series with the first team and completed 9 of 10 pass attempts for 88 yards, with two touchdowns and no interceptions.

Matthew Stafford makes brief appearance in preseason opener


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/9/2014) Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford made a brief appearance in Saturday's preseason opener against the Browns.

Stafford got the start and played just one series with the first stringers. He completed a short pass to Golden Tate for a gain of 14 yards and another short pass to Khris Durham for a gain of 4 yards in the opening drive. He completed 2 of 4 pass attempts for 18 yards, as his first drive resulted in a field goal.

Matthew Stafford displaying better mechanics -- so far


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) Lions coach Jim Caldwell said he's impressed with quarterback Matthew Stafford's approach so far, especially the way he's been absorbing the playbook and paying attention to detail.

"He is getting better," Caldwell told the Detroit News. "His command of the offense has been good."

Caldwell said it was obvious how much work Stafford put in before coming to camp. "I was impressed when he came back that first of all he did not miss a beat," Caldwell said. "He’s a very, very smart guy. You could tell he’s worked at it even during the summer.

"In every facet when he came back, I could see improvement — footwork, accuracy, timing, command of the offense, all of those things. Now we get a chance to see if we can put it together a little bit more, add a few more things, keep progressing and then get some real challenges from our opposition as we start preseason."


Dan Orlovsky doesn't want to rehash the past


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2014) Lions quarterback Dan Orlovsky, who's back with the team after his 2005-08 stint, doesn't like to relive the 0-16 season in 2008. Orlovsky punctuated that debacle by running out the back of his own end zone for a safety.

“There’s not much I can say to unmask the things that happened or erase those things,” Orlovsky told the Detroit Free Press. “My personal aspect of it is I knew I played well. We were just not a good football team. Did I have a part of that? Sure. I wish I played better in certain spaces, but I knew I played well, and I kind of look at it like this: It’s hard to play in this league for four years. It’s really, really hard to play in it for 10 years.

“I get the fears maybe with obviously fans and whatnot, but the organization knows what they’re doing, and I know I’m a good player, and I certainly hope to just be part of changing some of that past, whether it’s directly or indirectly.”

Orlovsky replaced Shaun Hill as Matthew Stafford's backup.


Lions sign Dan Orlovsky to one-year deal


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2014) The Lions signed quarterback Dan Orlovsky to a one-year deal. He'll replace Shaun Hill as the backup to Matthew Stafford.

Matthew Stafford's accuracy under the microscope


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2014) Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford ranked 30th last year with a 58.5 percent completion rate. New coach Jim Caldwell is focused on raising that number significantly.

"Every single time you throw, you throw at a target," Caldwell said, per MLive.com. "I'm trying to hit your right ear, I'm trying to hit your left shoulder. Every single time, even when you're warming up. You work on your accuracy just constantly and you look at small targets. That's what gets you accustomed to being able to pinpoint your accuracy."

Caldwell said Stafford can be much more precise."He has the ability to do that," Caldwell said. "But the key is to be able to do it more consistently. That's what we're always striving for."


Lions not sold on Kellen Moore as No. 2 quarterback


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/24/2014) With veteran backup Shaun Hill headed to free agency, Lions general manager Martin Mayhew admitted he isn't comfortable with third-year quarterback Kellen Moore backing up Matthew Stafford, reports MLive.com. Moore hasn't taken a regular-season snap.

"I haven't seen enough of him in actual games to say that you just roll with him and you feel great about it," Mayhew said of Moore, the Boise State product. "The idea of signing a veteran is appealing to us. However, he's done a lot of things in practice that makes you feel like he's very capable, so that's kind of an open situation right now."


Matthew Stafford: I'll go to Super Bowl only as participant


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/1/2014) Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is 3,000 miles east of New Jersey as Denver and Seattle prepare for the Super Bowl. He wouldn't have it any other way.

Stafford is in London to promote his team's game against Atlanta on Oct. 26 at Wembley Stadium. In a radio interview, he spoke about his philosophy in regard to attending the ultimate NFL game.

"I've never been to the game, a lot of players do this," he said via the Oakland Press. "They don't want to go to the game unless they play in it. That's how I feel about it. Nothing against it, I don't want to be a fan ... I want to make sure when I go to the game that I'm suiting up and trying to win it."


Lions to use no-huddle more


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/22/2014) Under new offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi, a protege of Saints coach Sean Payton, the Lions will be "more aggressive with a quarterback-driven scheme," reports MLive.com. "They will employ the no-huddle offense to put defenses in poor matchups, and Matthew Stafford could audible more at the line of scrimmage."

The Lions hope Stafford can become as efficient and consistent as the quarterback Lombardi used to coach, Drew Brees.