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Matthew Stafford will not play vs. Dallas Cowboys

It’s Driseklmania time.

Detroit Lions v Oakland Raiders Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford will miss his second consecutive game this week. Head coach Matt Patricia declared the veteran quarterback out during Friday’s press conference.

“I don’t anticipate him playing this weekend,” Patricia said.

He was later asked to clarify if there was any scenario in which he saw Stafford being available to play this week, but Patricia closed that door pretty quickly.

“Not this Sunday, no.”

Stafford is dealing with fractures in his back, which caused him to miss his first game in 126 consecutive starts. He did not practice at all this week, only showing up to throw the ball around on the sidelines with his baseball cap on, no helmet.

That means Jeff Driskel will get his second start of the year. Last week against the Bears, Driskel completed 59 percent of his passes for 289 yards a touchdown and an interception. There were a couple of mistakes he made out there that he knows he needs to clean up.

“There are some things to build on, and there are some things where you‘d like to have back,” Driskel said this week. “But you take everything as learning experience, and you try to get better and move forward. I think obviously, every time you get out there it’s valuable experience, and a couple of the procedure penalties I think could definitely, easily be cleaned up.”

With a full week of practice with the first-string offense, Driskel should be a little more prepared than last week, but he’ll have his hands full with a solid Cowboys defense and one of the best pass rushes in the league.