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Notes: Lions defense offers peek into plan of attack against Matthew Stafford

These defenders explain what they’ve learned about No. 9

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This week, The Detroit Lions defense is tasked with thwarting a Matthew Stafford-led offense firing on all cylinders as Detroit heads to Los Angeles to take on the Rams.

This undoubtedly is a daunting task as Stafford is just surrounded by offensive weapons. Several members of the defense had a chance to speak with the media this week. Here’s a look at what some of them had to say on how they play to execute the tall order of keeping the Lions in the game come Sunday.

Outside linebacker Trey Flowers:

“Obviously (Stafford) is a great quarterback. They got great weapons. Doing our part is getting after him a little bit — just rushing smart. I think you’re rushing aware... He’s smart and he’s a vet, so he understands where his escape routes are and where he has to step up to to be comfortable. We’ve got to understand that and rush accordingly.”

Outside linebacker Austin Bryant:

“We gotta get after (him) — you cannot give this guy a lot of time to throw the ball because as y’all have seen for the past — what, 12 - 13 years — (he) threaded people. In my opinion, he’s one of the best in this league. He’s the toughest, great competitor, and he can thread you up man, put it wherever you want. So we gotta get after him, we can’t give him a lot of time. We gotta touch him and make him feel uncomfortable.”

Defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn:

“There’s a lot of things that (the Rams) continue to do that’s just a part of who (Sean McVay) is. I think the one thing that has changed is there are way more drop back passes with Stafford than there was with Goff for whatever reason — that’s McVay’s decision — but you see him allow him to get in shotgun and be able to just go out there and wing it around. That’s the one thing to me that kind of stands out.”

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