Stafford played the entire first half, but the Lions still struggled as a whole, failing to breach the goal line and gaining just 226 yards of total offense (compared to 363 for the Ravens). Now, through three preseason games with Stafford at the helm, Detroit is yet to score a touchdown and has converted just 3-of-4 field goal attempts while turning the ball over twice. Improved play along the offensive line could go a long way towards correcting their problematic offensive miscues, but if the preseason is any indication, Detroit could be in store for a rough transitional phase during the beginning of the team's first season post-Calvin Johnson.
Calvin Johnson's retirement signaled the end of an era in Motown, and the Detroit front office presumably understood the team can't employ the same offensive game plan anymore. Hence, the Lions installed a "newfangled, whiz-bang, up-tempo, no-huddle offense" this spring. Fundamentally, the idea is to tire the defense as well as limit the other team's ability to both substitute players and call plays to counter the offense. However, the scheme's watchword is communication, as Cooter devised a way to allow Stafford to realign the offensive formation and call plays with a system of simple commands. In the past, simplicity has benefitted Stafford, most recently when Cooter took control of the offense in the midst of the 2015 campaign. Here, Stafford did not experience an increase in attempted passes, but rather an increase in per-clip efficiency. Case in point, Stafford's final eight games in 2015 extrapolate to a highly-efficient 4,358-yard, 38-touchdown, four-interception stat line across 16 games while his first-half numbers project an underwhelming line of 4,166 yards, 26 touchdowns and 22 interceptions. Those two sets of numbers could very well represent Stafford's ceiling and floor entering the 2016 campaign. Regardless, Stafford appears poised to continue on his current trajectory and resume his late-2015 efficiency come the start of the regular season against the Colts' injury-marred secondary.
Stafford completed 8-of-11 passes for 113 yards in Thursday's preseason game against the Bengals.
With Eric Ebron (ankle) sidelined, seven of Stafford's eight completions went to either Marvin Jones or Golden Tate, with the remaining completion going to the newly-acquired Anquan Boldin. The only other player he targeted was RB Theo Riddick. Ultimately, it's hard to read too much into preseason action, but Stafford seems likely to rely on the short-to-mid passing game in 2016 with Jones serving as his primary deep threat.
Stafford was relatively effective during his brief time in the game, converting three third downs, including a 30-yard pass to the newly acquired Anquan Boldin. However, he was subsequently sacked and stripped of the ball by James Harrison on the same drive, giving possession to the Steelers. The Pro Bowl quarterback figures to see more extended action next Thursday versus the Bengals.
Addressing an obvious weakness from 2015, the
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