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Pat Caputo: Lions’ Stafford Gives Worst Performance Since Rookie Season

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DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 23:  Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions gets rushed by Jonathan Babineaux #95 and Sean Weatherspoon #56 of the Atlanta Falcons at Ford Field on October 23, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

DETROIT, MI – OCTOBER 23: Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions gets rushed by Jonathan Babineaux #95 and Sean Weatherspoon #56 of the Atlanta Falcons at Ford Field on October 23, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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If the Lions had gone to Chicago Sunday, played reasonably well and were beaten, it would have been far from ideal, but at least it would have been somewhat acceptable. Instead, in their most meaningful game in a long time in regard to reaching the playoffs, the Lions beat themselves. They played poor football, and in just about every way, during a 37-13 loss to the Bears.

It begins with quarterback Matthew Stafford. It was easily the third-year QBs worst performance since his rookie season.

It just wasn’t the two passes that were intercepted and returned for touchdowns. Or the four interceptions overall. It was the missed throws. Especially in the scoring zone. Worse than any individual plays, Stafford lost his poise. That’s the worst thing a quarterback can do, and was out of character based on what we’ve come to expect from Stafford.

Read the rest here at The Oakland Press.

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