On Sunday Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford threw five touchdown passes and played a major role in turning a game between two of the worst teams in the league into one of the most exciting games of the season.
Today Stafford learned that his efforts in a 38-37 win over the Browns had earned him the NFC offensive player of the week award.
“It’s a huge honor,” Stafford said. “It’s awesome. Didn’t expect that one to happen. I’m just thankful.”
Lions fans will need to see Stafford do it against a better team than the Browns before they get too excited about their franchise quarterback, but Stafford’s 422-yard game was certainly a promising performance.
Stafford hurt his non-throwing shoulder on the next-to-last play of the game and came in to throw his final touchdown pass on the last play. He hasn’t practiced this week and it’s not clear whether Stafford will be healthy enough to play on Thanksgiving against the Packers, but today he said, “probably not.”