Depending on what you read, all Matthew Stafford had to do Thursday was not screw up too badly, and he would be the team’s Week One starter.
He may have screwed up too badly.
Stafford left a scoreless game in the second quarter after completing five of nine throws for 81 yards, one interception, and one lost fumble. [UPDATE: As many readers have pointed out, Lions receiver Keary Colbert fell on the pick.] Stafford was sacked twice.
There were some positive moments. Stafford threw a beautiful would-be 34-yard touchdown pass to Calvin Johnson, but the play was nullified by a holding penalty. Bills first-round draft pick Aaron Maybin got to Stafford for a sack/fumble four plays later.
Daunte Culpepper missed the game with a toe injury and his status for next week is unclear.