The Detroit Lions rely heavily on the performance of quarterback Matthew Stafford. Luckily, however, the Lions have put together a 1-1 record despite the glaring struggles of their franchise quarterback.
Stafford spoiled the franchise with a 5,000-yard season and 41 touchdowns. Expectations pointed to Stafford's numbers coming down, but his efficiency and accuracy hopefully would improve.
Thus far, his season has been more puzzling than impressive.
Stafford has completed 63 percent of his passes with 585 yards and only two touchdowns. Interceptions and other bad passes have been the focus of his season so far.
Stafford has thrown four interceptions this season, including three first-half interceptions against the St. Louis Rams in Week 1. Stafford has missed open receivers keying in on Calvin Johnson too often, has under and over-thrown his targets, and at times has held the ball too long instead of throwing the ball away.
The Lions need Stafford to pick up his slack if they have hopes of progressing. Being the most important player on their roster, he needs to take the next step in developing into an elite quarterback. So far he's off to a bad start, but the talent and weapons around him will always give him a chance.