Stafford Seeking 5K For Second Straight Year


The Detroit Lions don’t have all that much to be happy about right now. They're just 4-9, and they aren't going to make the playoffs in the NFC, taking a huge step backwards after last year's productive season in which they got into the postseason. However, QB Matt Stafford can make some history over the course of the final three games of the season, starting with a game on the road at the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.

Detroit is -5 ½ for your NFL picks in Week 15, and it's largely because of the play of Stafford. He has chucked the ball all over the field this year to the tune of 4,006 yards, and he is leading the game's top rated passing attack at 307.8 yards per game. The former No. 1 overall pick is second to QB Drew Brees in passing with 4,006 yards this year, and both he and Brees have the ability to be the first quarterbacks in the history of the league to throw for 5,000+ yards in back to back seasons.

Stafford had 3,754 yards through the first 13 games of last season before exploding for 1,284 yards in his last three games of the campaign. This year, he has 4,006 yards and needs to average 331.3 passing yards per game over the course of his last three outings to get to the 5,000-yard mark.

The problem this week is that Stafford is playing against an Arizona team that, for all of its flaws, really doesn't give up a heck of a lot to opposing passing games. This unit ranks fifth in the NFL against the pass at 197.1 yards per game allowed. If the Lions are going to get back to their winning ways though, they are going to have to find a way to break through this secondary and get Stafford rolling, or it could be a long trip to the desert and a 10th loss of the season.