Fits from the Norse Star: Positives and Negatives for Lions' Stafford in Week 2

It was an 8-yard Steven Seagal-like fat Glimmer Man of hope when…

Calvin Johnson was on the receiving end of Matthew Stafford’s first NFL career touchdown dart in the the Lions 27-13 loss to the Vikings. Stafford-to-Johnson (Calvin, NOT Bryant) has the makings of a surefire combo when the Detroit offense is in rhythm. Speaking of Bryant and the other receivers (Dennis Northcutt, Yamon Figurs), they need to haul in a few catches so the safeties aren’t automatically drawn to Calvin on each snap. If the other receivers don’t start making some noise, opposing defenses will quiet Megatron and stall the lone game-changing presence for Detroit.

It looked like Joey Harrington when…

Stafford threw his second pick to Minnesota linebacker Chad Greenway. I’m sure there were several thousand Lions fans in attendance at Ford Field who looked to their left, looked to their right and saw the same thing. The mouthing of the word “Harrington” almost in unison by fans. In addition to the pressure of being the number one overall draft pick, the burden (?) of guaranteed many millions of dollars and the Herculean task of rallying a doormat franchise, Stafford also has to contend with the ghosts of Lions QB past: Chuck Long, Andre Ware and (shudder) Joey Harrington. If young Matthew wants to stop the comparisons before they start, he needs to stop forcing the ball into bad spots with trailing linebackers squatting on rookie tendencies, i.e cease throwing dumb interceptions.

Tags: Andre Ware Chuck Long Detroit Lions Interceptions Joey Harrington Matthew Stafford Terrible Detroit Lion Quarterbacks

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