The Detroit Lions are hobbling to the end of the season, with Jeff Okudah done for the year, Kenny Golladay continuing to be bothered by the same hip flexor injury this entire season, and now Matthew Stafford dealing with a rib cartilage injury. In a season just about lost, Stafford is still fighting to play on Sunday in a game where many have already written the Lions off as losers. This is the Stafford we know and love in terms of toughness, but will he be the same Stafford in terms of quarterbacking?
Bold prediction of the week: Stafford slings it for 300+ yards, 2+ TDS against the Titans
While this would look like a normal Stafford stat line on any typical Sunday afternoon, this injury makes such a stat line improbable. With a rib injury making rotational movements extremely painful, Stafford is looking at dump offs, check downs, and handoffs most of the day Sunday. If he manages to throw for 300+ yards it’ll be for one of two reasons: either the Titans have forgotten how to tackle and the Lions’ underwhelming receivers look like superstars, or Stafford manages to throw it around like a normal Sunday in spite of his injury, which would be nothing short of a miracle.
Regardless of the reason, it’s unlikely to happen, and we should take Sunday to appreciate what Stafford does for this team, especially after many thought last week would be the last we saw of him in a Lions uniform.