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  • Lions Fire Matt Patricia, Bob Quinn

    The Detroit Lions fired head coach Matt Patricia and general manager Bob Quinn on Saturday. It comes after the Lions lost to the Texans on Thanksgiving on Thursday by a score of 41-25 to fall to 4-7 on the season and in last place in the NFC North. Patricia's three-year tenure with the team didn't go very well at all, with Detroit becoming the first team to blow four straight double-digit leads in his time with the team. With the moves, the Lions are staring at a rebuild for the first time since they took quarterback Matthew Stafford with the first overall pick in 2009. Quinn arrived in Detroit two years earlier than Patricia. Patricia's defense, which was supposed to be his specialty, really struggled in 2019 and so far in 2020.

    Nov 28 · Source via Lions Matthew Stafford
  • Matthew Stafford Disappoints In Thanksgiving Loss

    Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford completed 28-of-42 passes for 295 yards, one touchdown and one interception in the Lions 41-25 loss to the Texans on Thanksgiving. The Lions offense simply is not the same without star receiver Kenny Golladay and a strong first half was wasted by stagnant offensive play in the second half. The veteran also was the victim of a fantastic interception by the Texans J.J. Watt, who took it to the house for 19-yard touchdown. Stafford was able to rack up some passing yards with the game out of reach but consistently struggled in the red zone. Stafford will continue to lack QB1 appeal heading into Week 13.

    Nov 26 · Source via Lions Matthew Stafford
  • Matthew Stafford Vows To Play Better

    Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford will try and step up his game to kick off Week 12 when the team hosts their annual Thanksgiving game against the Texans on Thursday. The veteran passer has been dealing with torn ligaments in his throwing thumb but told reporters, "Obviously, I can play better, I'm the guy that touches the ball on offense every play, so the better I play, the better we'll play as a team," Stafford said. "Just got to be better myself." The Lions season is slipping away but Stafford will face a Texans Defense that is allowing the 14th most fantasy points to opposing passers. Houston has allowed 300+ passing yards to four of the last six quarterbacks they have faced and 12 passing touchdowns in that span. Stafford's fantasy value may be tied to the health and availability of receiver Kenny Golladay, who is trending up towards playing on Thursday. Stafford is a lukewarm fantasy option in DFS for Thursday and not a top-12 option for Week 12.

    Nov 24 · Source via Lions Matthew Stafford
  • Matthew Stafford Lays An Egg In Carolina

    Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford completed 18-of-33 passes for 178 yards in the Lions dreadful 20-0 loss to the Panthers. This performance really stings as Detroit falls to 4-7, ultimately ending any shred of hope for the playoffs. Stafford wore a protective brace over his throwing hand during the game as he is dealing with torn ligaments in his right thumb. The veteran averaged only 5.4 yards per completion and it may be fair to question whether Stafford will play in Week 12 on a short week on Thursday against the Texans.

    Nov 22 · Source via Lions Matthew Stafford
  • Matthew Stafford Active For Week 11

    Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (thumb) is officially active for Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers. No surprise here, as Stafford was trending towards playing all week. He won't have two of his top pass-catchers in Kenny Golladay and Danny Amendola, so Stafford won't be the safest play, but the Panthers Defense is exploitable and he can be a solid streaming play.

    Nov 22 · Source via Lions Matthew Stafford
  • Matthew Stafford Expected To Play In Week 11

    Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (thumb) is expected to play against the Panthers in Week 11. Stafford's status appeared a bit cloudy earlier in the week after a 'DNP' on Wednesday, though two limited sessions on Thursday and Friday have him on track for the contest against Carolina. Despite a minor tear in his throwing thumb, the veteran signal-caller will be close to full strength on Sunday. The same can't be said for his offensive weapons, as D'Andre Swift (head), Kenny Golladay (hip), and Danny Amendola (hip) have all been ruled out. Marvin Jones Jr., T.J. Hockenson, and Marvin Hall should all see some extra looks in the passing game. Stafford should be able to do enough to post high-end QB2 numbers.

    Nov 22 · Source via Lions Matthew Stafford
  • Matthew Stafford Does Not Practice Thursday

    Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (thumb) did not participate in practice on Thursday and his status for Week 11 continues to be unclear. Stafford is dealing with torn ligaments in his right thumb but just because the veteran isn't practicing doesn't mean he won't suit up against the Panthers. Stafford will play a Carolina defense that had been stingy against opposing passers but have been burned for 719 passing yards and seven touchdowns the last two weeks. With star receiver Kenny Golladay (hip) returning to practice, Stafford could post a solid fantasy line in Week 11 if he can suit up against a Panthers Defense allowing 321.75 passing yards to quarterbacks over their last four games. This situation will have to monitored up until game-time.

    Nov 19 · Source via Lions Matthew Stafford
  • Matthew Stafford Non-Committal About Playing In Week 11

    Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (thumb) isn't committing to playing in Week 11 against the Panthers after partially tearing a ligament in his right thumb in the Week 10 win over Washington. "Just taking it day to day. Trying to figure out if I can get through it. ... See if I can go out there and play," Stafford said. The 32-year-old is expected to tough it out and play through the injury, but it's no sure thing, especially since he didn't practice on Wednesday. If he were to sit out, Chase Daniel would start under center for Detroit and would be an option for those searching for a QB in two-QB superflex leagues. If Stafford can return to practice later this week and give it a go, he'll be on the streaming radar against a middle-of-the-pack Panthers Defense.

    Nov 18 · Source via Lions Matthew Stafford
  • Matthew Stafford, Marvin Jones, Danny Amendola Miss Practice

    Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (thumb) and wide receivers Marvin Jones Jr. and Danny Amendola (hip) missed practice on Wednesday. Stafford has a partially torn ligament in his right thumb, but he's expected to play through it in Week 11 against the Panthers. The veteran QB is as tough as they come and could still be a decent streaming option under center against a beatable Panthers secondary, especially if he gets No. 1 wideout Kenny Golladay (hip) back. Jones has been on fire with Golladay out and has scored in each of the last three weeks. He'll be more of a WR3/flex if Golladay is back this Sunday. Amendola led Detroit in catches and yards in Week 9 but had just 10 receiving yards last weekend. The 35-year-old should be on the waiver wire in standard-sized leagues and will see even fewer looks whenever Golladay returns to the lineup.

    Nov 18 · Source via Lions Matthew Stafford Danny Amendola Marvin Jones
  • Matthew Stafford Has Ligament Tear In His Thumb

    Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (thumb) is in fact dealing with partial tears to ligaments in his right thumb, putting his status for Sunday's contest versus Carolina in doubt. After a recent bout with the COVID-19/reserve list that almost led to Chase Daniel making his first start of the season, the veteran backup should be uniquely prepared to step in should Stafford not progress in the right direction during practice throughout the week. The Panthers Defense is yielding the fourth-most passing yards allowed in the league, which could make Daniel a heavily-contrarian GPP candidate -- although Stafford may not retain the same appeal depending on the extent of his injury. Check back throughout the week as updates on Detroit's QB1 become available.

    Nov 17 · Source via Lions Matthew Stafford
  • Matthew Stafford Has Tests On His Thumb

    Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (thumb) had tests on his thumb after the Week 10 win over the Washington Football Team, but a source said that there isn't much concern about Stafford moving forward after X-rays came back negative. Stafford might be limited in practice this week, but the initial belief is that he won't miss the Week 11 game against the Panthers. The 32-year-old had one of his better games of the season on Sunday, going 24-for-33 for 276 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. It was the second third time this year he has thrown three touchdown passes in a game and his first time since Week 7 without a pick. If he's able to play in Week 11 against Carolina, he'll be a midrange QB2 for fantasy managers. Keep an eye on his practice participation this week.

    Nov 16 · Source via Lions Matthew Stafford
  • Matthew Stafford Delivers Game-Winning Drive, Three Touchdowns

    Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford completed 24-of-33 passes for 276 yards with three touchdowns in the Lions 30-27 win over Washington in Week 10. It was one of the better performances for the veteran passer, hitting on some big-time plays down the field and then leading the team on a game-winning drive for a go-ahead field goal. Stafford completed a season-high 72.7% of his passes and notched his second multiple touchdown game over his last three games played. The Lions will try and get back to .500 next week against a feisty Panthers team in Week 11.

    Nov 15 · Source via Lions Matthew Stafford
  • Matthew Stafford To Get X-Rays On His Thumb

    Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (thumb) injured his right thumb in the second half of the team's Week 10 game over the Washington Football Team. However, he was able to stay in the game and help lead the team to victory. Shortly after the game, it was announced that Stafford would get X-Rays on his thumb. The fact that the injury is on Stafford's throwing hand is a bit concerning, but it's a good sign that he was able to stay in the game after the injury. Stafford threw for 276 yards and three touchdowns in Week 10 and didn't have a single turnover.

    Nov 15 · Source via Lions Matthew Stafford