Matthew Stafford isn’t off to the kind of start that Lions fans dreamed of when he finished last season as one of the league’s hottest quarterbacks. It’s hard to say that he’s struggling but there have been a number of uncharacteristic throws and more interceptions that we’ve become used to seeing. It’s led some to wonder if something is wrong.
Maybe there is, maybe there isn’t.
I tackled the topic from the “isn’t” perspective in this week’s piece for the Detroit Free Press at Freep.com. Here is an excerpt followed by the link to continue reading:
The way the Detroit Lions have played through two games has led to a lot of questions. Why did the Lions try to run against the 49ers? What will the Lions do at cornerback?
Those are fair questions to ask but one of the most important questions has been, “What is wrong with Matthew Stafford?”
It’s quite possible the answer is “nothing.”
Two touchdowns against four interceptions through two games is not what we’ve come to expect from Stafford after a 2011 season that put him on the doorstep of the NFL’s elite. The problem with such a comparison is that two isolated games can’t be fairly judged up against a full season.