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Matthew Stafford's numbers on the game looked fairly typical for him: 28-of-53 for 357 yards and two touchdowns and an interception. Those are pretty gaudy statistics, but we've come to expect that from Stafford.
What stood out in this contest was his decision-making. Stafford was patient in going through reads, often finding the secondary or tertiary receiver in a route.
His pre-snap work was nothing short of outstanding.
In a marked departure from last season, when Stafford and the Lions saw six men in the box, they ran at it. Last season, we saw Stafford stick with the pass play, even though the defense was sitting back. Give credit to offensive coordinator Scott Linehan for coming up with a strong game plan and to Stafford for executing it adeptly.
Going a little deeper, the interception was not his fault; the throw got tipped at the line on a strong play by Fred Evans that defeated weak pass-blocking.
The quarterback sneak to convert on fourth down late in the game is something that Lions fans have been clamoring for quite often. Stafford ran around a few times, showing good mobility and sneaky elusiveness that isn't always evident in his game.
Also, I've frequently criticized Stafford for starting games slowly and apathetically. In this game, Stafford was sharp early; he was 8-of-12 for 103 yards to start the game, and that includes the Calvin Johnson dropped touchdown. There was a visible crispness to his passes that has ebbed and waned in the past.
If this is the Matthew Stafford we're going to get all season, the Detroit Lions are going to be a very scary offense.