Prior to the game against the Chicago Bears this past Sunday, Lions' quarterback Matthew Stafford was listed on the injury report as probable with an injury to his right finger. No report went in to more detail on the injury and overall the injury did not seem to be a cause for concern.
However, throughout the game on Sunday, there was a lot of talk about Stafford wearing a glove on his throwing hand for the first time this season. He had worn the glove throughout practice all week, but he said before that it was simply to get used to the cold climate of Chicago.
As it turns out, Stafford was wearing the glove as a result of a broken finger that was suffered two weeks ago in the game against the Denver Broncos. The glove was being worn to help improve his grip on the ball.
The Chicago game turned out to be Stafford's worst passing performance of the season so far, completing just 33 of 63 passes for 329 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions. Coming into the game, Stafford had only thrown four interceptions on the whole season.
After the game, Stafford refused to blame his poor performance on his injury or the glove.
"It felt fine," Stafford said. "I felt like I made some real good throws with it. I made some tough throws with it."
Stafford did, however, say the strong winds played a huge factor in his struggling effort. This is not hard to believe, given that winds were recorded up to 40 mph during the game.
The weather was clearly not the best conditions for a quarterback to succeed. Unfortunately, with the 20-0 deficit 45 seconds into the second quarter and Detroit's lack of success running the ball all season, the Lions were forced to go to the air for a season high 63 times.
For the sake of the Detroit Lions, fans should hope that Stafford's play on Sunday was the result of a minor injury and weather conditions. Stafford's throws during the game were highly inaccurate and he seemed to lose his composure more and more after each mistake.
The Detroit Lions rely on their passing offense to make plays and win games. If Stafford can't snap out of this, the Lions will be in trouble as the season continues.