3. Matthew Stafford finds his rhythm with a big game
Matthew Stafford hasn’t yet caught fire. The veteran quarterback was a hot contender for Comeback Player of the Year entering the season, to be sure. After all, Stafford was on pace for a career year before his back injury ruled him out for the rest of the season.
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Unfortunately, through the early weeks of the season, it hasn’t materialized. Stafford has been slow to process things after the snap and has looked out of rhythm when under center. He took a bad sack in Week 1 against Chicago, which forced the Lions out of field goal range and they couldn’t move the ball in the second and third quarter against the Packers and Saints.
However, there has still been some Stafford magic that we saw last year. A masterful fourth-quarter drive to kill the game at Arizona was Stafford at his best and a 50-yard laser to Amendola in Week 4, which shows the arm is still there. We could argue that the lack of pre-season and a shortened offseason program has contributed to this inconsistent play.
With all that being said, I believe he will come good this Sunday. Jacksonville rank in the bottom four in total pass yardage allowed. This is a unit that is struggling considerably. They are allowing opposing offenses to drive the ball down the field continually.
With the Lions possessing a serious wideout combination in Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones Jr. and Danny Amendola, Stafford will have all his weapons available and have an excellent outing against the Jags.