- Michael Rothstein, ESPN Staff Writer
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ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- One year, when Matthew Stafford was growing up in Dallas, he picked up a plastic helmet with a star on it, pulled on the jersey over full pads, left his house and went in search of candy.
It was Halloween. Stafford had the Troy Aikman and Michael Irvin trading cards, the posters on the wall. At the time, he couldn't have known he would be an NFL quarterback. And he couldn't have known he was going to one day face the team he grew up watching.
"There are so many. They were playing such good football," Stafford said. "Probably just going to the games as a kid. I used to go to quite a few games with my parents and those were always fun experiences."
Now he is the quarterback for the Detroit Lions and will face his hometown team on Sunday. His friends might have mixed emotions, depending where they grew up. His family -- not so much.
"They are full-on Lions fans. We don't allow that kind of talk," Stafford said. "But I have close friends that are die-hard Cowboys fans. Probably still, even when they are playing the Lions. They want me to have a really good game but lose it in the end or something.
"But my family is cheering for me, that's for sure."
Stafford has played against Dallas once before -- two years ago in a come-from-behind 34-30 win in Texas where he completed 21 of 43 passes for 240 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. So not his best day, but the Lions did win.
And now on to the wide world of Interwebs in search of Lions news.
The answer to one of the world's most pressing questions: Cake? Or Steak?
Rookie tackle LaAdrian Waddle might see more snaps this week. Dez Bryant says he wasn't comparing himself to Calvin Johnson, but I argue Johnson is better than Bryant anyway. Johnson back on the MVP watch and the weekly quarterback watch of Matthew Stafford. Ndamukong Suh is mulling a trip to New York to chat with the league and the front four is featured in this week's Rising/Falling. Oh, and you can watch me chat about the Lions on your computer screen.
Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press writes the Lions only have a 45 percent chance of making the playoffs.
Kyle Meinke from MLive writes that new offensive tackle Barry Richardson came to play immediately.