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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.
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:
There's still a mystery about the Lions entering Monday night. The Lions' rookie report. The Lions agree with the NFL's new domestic violence policy. Our first rising/falling stock watch report of the season. How will the Lions use Calvin Johnson this season? This week's Question of the Week: First jobs for the Lions.
Some of my colleagues and I collaborated on a project about the Fail Mary play between Seattle and Green Bay -- including many thoughts from current Lions wide receiver Golden Tate.
Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press looks at the Lions defense this season.
Matthew Stafford and Jim Caldwell share a mission to win now, writes Josh Katzenstein in the Detroit News.
This is a really interesting story from Albert Breer of NFL.com about hunting for the next great quarterback.
Stephen Marche from Esquire looks at the impact of the movie Any Given Sunday -- 15 years later. And no, I can't believe it's been 15 years since that movie came out.
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.