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Lions believe Stafford will make big leap in Year 2 with Caldwell
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Lions general manager Martin Mayhew believes that quarterback Matthew Stafford will make a big leap in his second year under the same offensive system designed by coach Jim Caldwell, per MLive.com.

"I can't quantify how much better (the offense is) going to get, but I do think the second year in the offense is going to be great, going to be big for the quarterback," Mayhew said. "Some of the routes and the way that we run them were totally different for Matthew. He hadn't thrown those routes in college or when Scott Linehan was our offensive coordinator, so some of that was a learning process for him. He had a bunch of new receivers out there, guys he hadn't really worked with that much. I think second year in the offense is going to be huge for him, individually."

Stafford threw for 4,257 yards and 22 touchdowns in 2014. It was his fourth consecutive season over 4,000 passing yards and fourth straight with at least 20 passing touchdowns.

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Lions QB Matthew Stafford takes Wild Card loss vs. Cowboys
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford completed 28 of his 42 pass attempts for 323 yards with one touchdown and one interception in his team's 24-20 loss to the Cowboys in Sunday's Wild Card game.

Stafford put his team out to a quick lead, connecting with Golden Tate on a 51-yard touchdown less than five minutes into the game. He then drove the team down for another touchdown later in the quarter to give the Lions a big lead. Stafford's interception came on a batted ball on the first play of the second half, but it didn't cost the Lions after Dan Bailey missed a 41-yard field goal on the ensuing drive. However, the Lions offense mustered just a field goal through the entire second half and watched the Cowboys score 17 unanswered points to take the win.

The game was not without controversey, as a fourth-quarter flag against the Cowboys for pass interference on a pass from Stafford to Brandon Pettigrew was picked up after the penalty was announced, with no explanation given as to why the call was waved off. The noncall came on third-and-1 near midfield, and the ensuing shanked punt set the Cowboys up with great field position on what would turn out to be the go-ahead touchdown drive. Stafford acknowledged to media after the game that he believed the pass-inference call should have stood.

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Lions' Matthew Stafford throws three touchdowns in losing effort
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford went 20 for 41 for 217 yards and three touchdowns in Detroit's loss to the Packers Sunday.

Stafford and wide receiver Calvin Johnson hooked up for two of his touchdowns, one for 20 yards and the other for four.

Stafford finished off his day finding running back Theo Riddick for a dump off touchdown pass at the end of the fourth quarter.

Stafford finishes the regular season 4,257 yards and 22 touchdowns. It is his fourth consecutive season over 4,000 passing yards and fourth straight with at least 20 passing touchdowns.

Stafford and the Lions will head to Dallas to take on the Cowboys in the wild card round of the NFC playoffs.

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Matthew Stafford burns you for the last time
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

When Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford disappointed with just 153 passing yards and one touchdown Week 15 against Minnesota, I was willing to make excuses for him. "The Vikings pass defense really isn't so bad," I said while penciling in Stafford for another 390 yards and two touchdowns Week 16 at Chicago. That's what he did against the Bears in Week 13, after all, and they entered Week 16 ranked 31st against the pass.

So of course, Stafford throws for 243 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions.

The performance could have been so, so, so much better. He threw one of those interceptions in the end zone and another just short of the end zone. But the fact is he completed those passes to Bears and not Lions, and so it was an awful performance despite a favorable matchup.

Stafford has been one of the most up-and-down quarterbacks in Fantasy this season, but the one thing he appeared to have going for him was that he played to the matchups. Remove predictability from the equation, and he's as frustratingly inconsistent as Cam Newton.

How can you trust him Week 17 at Green Bay? He threw two interceptions with no touchdown passes in his previous meeting with the Packers this year, so if you have a Mark Sanchez or even Newton type on the waiver wire, you might want to go that route instead.

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Lions QB Stafford merely mediocre in defeat of Bears
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was held without a touchdown pass for the fourth time this season Sunday at Chicago, but the result was still another victory for his playoff-bound team.

Stafford finished 22 of 39 for 243 yards and his first two-interception performance since Oct. 19. The first pick was off a disastrous decision in the red zone and the second killed a promising opportunity as well.

He will try to play better in the regular season finale next Sunday at Green Bay.

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Defensive Stats
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