Morning Roar: Stafford's ups, downs

September, 4, 2014
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He wasn't as durable early in his career, missing games due to injuries. Yet over the last three seasons, Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has not missed a start.

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Three seasons, 48 regular-season games and starts for the former No. 1 overall pick from Georgia. In that span, he's put up some of the best numbers of any quarterback in the league -- and also some of the worst.

Over the past three seasons, Stafford is second in the NFL in completions (1,227), first in attempts (2,024) and tied for fifth in touchdowns (90). The other good number is he's second only to Drew Brees in yards over the past three years, throwing for 14,655.

Now the bad number -- he's also tied for second in the league in interceptions over the past three years with 52. The person ahead of him? New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, who has 58.

Detroit's hope, of course, is Stafford continues some of this trajectory while cutting down on the mistakes, particularly the interceptions. Asked what he saw from Stafford's limited preseason versus the quarterback he faced last year, he picked up on the lack of turnovers.

"What I did notice is the balance in the offense and the real obvious attempt to not turn it over coming through preseason with a plus turnover ratio," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. "I would imagine that was something that was a goal and they did it and they accomplished it and they had a good preseason on top of that."

Whether it carries to the regular season starts Monday night.

And now, a look around the Interwebs in search of Lions news:

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ESPN Detroit Lions reporter

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