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Notes: Matthew Stafford making some MVP noise

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The Lions QB has thrown the second most end-zone targets through Week 7.

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, everyone’s talking about how Matthew Stafford’s having a good season so far — to put it lightly.

In the Lions’ 31-26 win against the Giants alone, he completed 25 of 32 passes for 342 yards and three touchdowns. In the second half he didn’t throw a single incompletion.

According to Mike O’Hara, he’s tied with divisional opponent Aaron Rodgers for second in the league in touchdown passes after Sunday at 16. That’s also having played one less game.

O’Hara goes on to explain Stafford’s success this season, read that here.

Through Week 7, Stafford ranked second in end-zone targets at 21 tied with Rodgers. Ahead of them was Russell Wilson at 29, and behind them was Lamar Jackson at 20 and Philip Rivers at 18.


Matthew Stafford for MVP?

On to your notes.

  • Victory Monday!!!!!! Here’s the locker room celly if you haven’t seen it yet.

  • NFL.com’s “What we learned from Sunday’s Week 8 Games”: “After scoring 27-plus points in only four games last year, Detroit (3-3-1) now has five such games in the first eight weeks, and Stafford has absolutely been leading the way.”
  • “The $90 million man finally produced for the Detroit Lions — and it couldn’t have come at a better time.” Trey Flowers gets some well-deserved recognition from Detroit Free Press’ Jeff Seidel.
  • Apparently Golden Tate was not too high on Kenny Golladay when the Lions first drafted him in 2017. But that’s clearly didn’t last long.
  • As you’re probably aware, Ninja took over the Lions social media accounts on Sunday. This was nice:

  • A Mitch Albom column, touching on that beautiful flea flicker. “The Detroit Lions got more than bugs off their shoulders Sunday; they won a football game for the first time in a month...”
  • A fun piece from Dave Birkett on players’ favorite Halloween costumes.
  • And yes I’m embedding myself but I thought you’d enjoy this Stafford quote if you haven’t seen it already (when asked a ... strangely phrased question.) #ToughTeam