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What would have happened in those two games if Stafford wasn't injured?

Here's a "what if" about what could have happened in the first two weeks of the NFL for the Lions if quarterback Matthew Stafford never got injured.

Would the running game have continued to stall in Chicago if Matthew Stafford never got injured? Thing is, neither team respected Shaun Hill enough to stop him from throwing down field. As you saw today again, Hill doesn't have the arm strength or the accuracy to throw farther than 35-40 yards down field without under throwing and getting picked off. Had Stafford not gotten hurt, he would've been able to throw 60 yards down field and though they stopped him from doing that in the first half of the Chicago game, they may not have in the second. By throwing bombs they would have had to start worrying more about C.J and the recievers and less about Best, which would've opened it up a little.

Would there have even been a controversial call in that Chicago game if it was Stafford that led that 4th quarter comeback? Another interesting question, if it was Stafford leading them down field, the defense would've had to worry about the bomb as well as Jahvid Best and perhaps instead of throwing a jump ball like Hill did, he could've thrown a laser that went right to him.

Would the Lions of had an even better first half against the Eagles if it were Stafford out there?  17 points is pretty decent, but there were a lot more points that could've been put up in the first half. Hill was under throwing, over throwing, threw a couple picks, and just seemed out of sync with his receivers seemingly all game. If Stafford was in there, there could've been at least 20+ points put up and Calvin Johnson probably would've been involved early instead of the 4th quarter.

 Hill led them to a 4th quarter comeback yet again, but yet again he came up short. On the last drive of the game, would Matt Stafford have pulled out the same magic against the Eagles like he did against the Browns last season? One sure would've thought so, because the secondary of the Eagles didn't line up farther than 40 yards from the line of scrimmage, as if they were more worried about the Lions kicking the field goal than throwing a bomb to win the game. Hill's average arm strength and under average accuracy leaves a lot to be desired. Matt Stafford could've thrown a 60 yard bomb and gotten at least to the redzone, kill some time while down there, and either kick the field goal or go for it. Either way, we would've had a better chance to win with Stafford.

 

Shaun Hill did an admirable job for a Lions back-up, he led them to a 4th quarter comeback and made some nice plays, just not when it mattered most. He almost won it in Chicago in the 4th quarter as well had that ref not change the ruling. I just wasn't happy with the fact that despite getting the Lions in position to win, he just simply lacked the necessary tools needed to win the games in the end. He doesn't have the arm strength, accuracy, mobility, or the ability to diagnose defenses prior to the snap like you want out of a starter like you get from Matthew Stafford. I sincerely believe if Matt Stafford not got injured, we would either be 2-0 or 1-1 right now and not 0-2. It's not Shaun Hill's fault by any means why we lost both of those games, it's just his limited ability as a quarterback that prevented  the Lions from closing out the games when it counted. Boy, I hope Matthew Stafford get's healthy soon, because without him we will be close to winning, but we will come up short again more often than not. He's the difference maker for this team, with no offense to a great back-up like Shaun Hill, but there's a reason that he's backing up Stafford and I think we saw that the last two games when we were in position to win and didn't. Stafford would've won those close games and let's hope next week in Minnesota that he's back and ready to win. God can only hope...

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Pride Of Detroit or its writers.

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