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Friday open thread: Do you care about Matthew Stafford’s start streak?

The streak is important to Stafford, but do you care/

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With the Detroit Lions out of the playoff race, there aren’t a lot of tangible things left to play for. There is pride or a potential new contract for pending free agents, but everything else is just symbolic. That doesn’t make the motivation any less real, but everyone in that locker room knows the stakes for Sunday’s contest against the Minnesota Vikings are lower than they want it to be.

But for one quarterback fighting through a lingering back injury, another thing is at stake. Matthew Stafford has started 126 straight games—the sixth longest streak in NFL quarterback history. Considering how his career started, that’s pretty amazing. And despite Stafford’s modest disposition, this is actually something he takes a lot of pride in.

“It means a lot,” Stafford said per DetroitLions.com. “Well documented first two years. Missed a bunch. Wanted to prove to my teammates, this organization, myself and everybody that I can be out there for extended periods of time and have been lucky enough to be able to do that.”

Today’s Question of the Day is simply do you feel the same? Do you feel that this streak is important, especially with playoffs out of the picture and Stafford dealing with a back injury.

Is Matthew Stafford’s consecutive start streak important to you?

My answer: It is and it isn’t. I think it’s important to remind fans that a player that can be labeled as “injury prone” early in their career could actually work through that issue and not make it problem. It’s also something Stafford should have a lot of pride in. It’s not like he’s had it easy throughout his career. As one of the most sacked quarterbacks over the past half-decade, the fact that Stafford has managed to stay off the inactive list for so long is nothing short of a miracle.

But he no longer has to prove his toughness—at least not to me. The man has fought and scrapped through just about every type of injury since the beginning of this streak. You can make a lot of accusations about Stafford, but lack of toughness just cannot be one.

So if this back injury is really as bad as the announcers on FOX suggested last week—they said he was struggling to get in and out of his chair during a production meeting—than I don’t think this streak is all that important. If that’s all being overstated, then sure, continue that streak. Stafford deserves it.

Your turn.

Poll

Is Matthew Stafford’s consecutive start streak important to you?

This poll is closed

  • 39%
    Yes
    (169 votes)
  • 60%
    No
    (254 votes)
423 votes total Vote Now