Every Matthew Stafford pass from Week One

Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images)
Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images) /
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Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images) /

Second Quarter Passing

Stafford found five separate pass catchers in the second quarter alone, but still didn’t look settled in until getting a second chance at running the two minute drill. A surgical drive starting near midfield resulted in D’Andre Swift’s one yard touchdown plunge to cap off the first half and head into the locker room leading 13-6.

  • Complete to Marvin Hall 26 yd
  • Complete to T.J. Hockenson 8 yd
  • Incomplete short (Amendola)
  • Complete to Amendola 18 yd
  • Incomplete deep (Hall)
  • Incomplete short (Marvin Jones)
  • Complete to Jones 21 yd

Key Play: Quarterback scramble for 13 yd

This one wasn’t a pass, as Stafford stepped up in the pocket and took off straight up the middle with the Bears pass rush in hot pursuit. From the moment he crossed the line of scrimmage, I was screaming at the TV for him to slide.

Stafford looks slimmed down and in great shape, and moved around really well on Sunday. He still sometimes has that high school fullback mentality that has exposed him to so many heavy hits over the years though, which is scary.

This was a great run, and Stafford was sadly the team’s second leading rusher in Week One, but I saw the season flash before my eyes as he got out in the open on this play.

Key Play: Incomplete short (Jamal Agnew)

This was another 3rd and 8 play inside the red zone, another incomplete pass, and another scoring drive where three points was little consolation for the squandered chance at six.

Stafford lofted a pass into very tight coverage towards converted defensive back Jamal Agnew, put too much air under it, and was lucky that Agnew made a slight deflection to keep it away from Eddie Jackson of the Bears. In my book, this was Stafford’s only legitimately poor decision/throw of the half.

  • Complete to Jones 7 yd
  • Complete to D’Andre Swift 7 yd
  • Complete to Hockenson 16 yd
  • Complete to Hockenson 24 yd

Second Quarter Passing: 8-12, 140 yards