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Stafford named NFC offensive player of the week

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.”

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33 Responses to “Stafford named NFC offensive player of the week”
  1. irishpat says: Nov 24, 2009 2:59 PM

    That would be great if Quinn won the AFC offensive player of the week. And Mangini could win the most offensive time out call of the week.

  2. lskynard87 says: Nov 24, 2009 3:03 PM

    Studly performance, just wish the competition was a worthy contender.

  3. MNFANINAZ says: Nov 24, 2009 3:04 PM

    Bull crap! This should have gone to the greatest quarterback who ever lived.
    BRETT FAVRE.
    Thank you Brett. Please know you are my player of the week, every week. I love you.
    Sincerely,
    A Norseman

  4. hendo says: Nov 24, 2009 3:10 PM

    I can’t blame Mangini for the time out call. Stafford made an amazing play with a destroyed shoulder; I think getting the right defense on the field is more pertinent than keeping a one armed quarterback off

  5. SlipperyPete says: Nov 24, 2009 3:11 PM

    Stafford > Favre.

  6. DontBeEMO says: Nov 24, 2009 3:22 PM

    Gotta agree with Norseman….
    Brett went 22/25 with 4 TD’s….
    If I were a Lions fan though, I’d be pretty happy about having Stafford at QB for the future.

  7. damnitall says: Nov 24, 2009 3:22 PM

    @ lskynard87 says: November 24, 2009 3:03 PM
    Studly performance, just wish the competition was a worthy contender.
    I wish the competition was better too. But, you can’t knock a rookie QB passing for 400+ yards and setting a record five touchdown passes. It’s not like he had a top five offense helping him accomplice this against the Browns defense.

  8. NinerNation says: Nov 24, 2009 3:28 PM

    Should have been Favre…also, Favre isn’t a little girl, he’d play Thursday and have a great game. Stafford gets hurt too much.

  9. sagnam says: Nov 24, 2009 3:30 PM

    I bet Stafford/Detroit would be more than happy to trade this award to Farve and the Vikings for Adrian Peterson.

  10. cusoman says: Nov 24, 2009 3:31 PM

    Favre had a great performance, no doubt, but he won the NFC O-player of the week honor 3 weeks ago. I think it makes sense to spread the love around and Stafford is a future big baller, no doubt!

  11. Supersuckers says: Nov 24, 2009 3:33 PM

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  12. Quagmire says: Nov 24, 2009 3:36 PM

    Thank you Brett. Please know you are my player of the week, every week. I love you.
    Sincerely,
    A Norseman
    You do know that he’s not gay, right?
    Not that there’s anything wrong with it..

  13. question8 says: Nov 24, 2009 3:47 PM

    lskynard87 says:
    November 24, 2009 3:03 PM
    Studly performance, just wish the competition was a worthy contender.
    Worthy competition blows your team out!!! Don’t forget stafford had 2 picks against the worst defense in the NFL, and would’ve had a 3rd if it wasn’t for a pass interference call to end the game! Enjoy your second win in 2 years.

  14. Emoney says: Nov 24, 2009 3:52 PM

    Its amazing the man love Viking fans have for Favre. Its pathetic. For 16 years, you absolutely hated the guy and talked all the trash in the world about him. Now that he’s on your team, you hypocrites act like he’s the greatest player to have ever played.
    Quagmire,
    You totally read my mind when I read MNFANINAZ’s response.

  15. SlipperyPete says: Nov 24, 2009 3:56 PM

    NinerNation says: November 24, 2009 3:28 PM
    Should have been Favre…also, Favre isn’t a little girl, he’d play Thursday and have a great game. Stafford gets hurt too much.
    ******************
    Favre only would have played Thursday after he popped a few pills. Stafford is tougher than Favre.

  16. sand0 says: Nov 24, 2009 4:00 PM

    Favre would have also been a worthy candidate but he’s already won it twice this year. Stafford has a huge game and was a deserving candidate for the honor. Spread the wealth. Other than top draft picks the Lions don’t get a lot to be happy about these days.

  17. damnitall says: Nov 24, 2009 4:14 PM

    @NinerNation says: November 24, 2009 3:28 PM
    Should have been Favre…also, Favre isn’t a little girl, he’d play Thursday and have a great game. Stafford gets hurt too much.
    You’re an idiot. Favre gets hurt a lot also. That’s why he fades at the end of the last five of six seasons.
    I remember him playing hurt last year and took his team out of the playoffs cuz he didn’t want to hurt his ‘personal’ goal of continuous starts broken.

  18. Christopher says: Nov 24, 2009 4:14 PM

    Saying Stafford is tougher than Favre is an obvious illusion probably based upon the fact that you have a bling hatred for Favre. Brett has been clean from all alcohol and painkillers for 13 years.
    He also played the entired second half of last season with and injured bicep and shoulder. When Stafford hurt his shoulder earlier this year, he sat out a couple games.
    I’m not goint to knock on Stafford’s ability, or toughness for that matter, but comparing a rookie quarterback to one of the all-time greats is, at best, and LSD influenced dillusion.

  19. Bob Loblaw says: Nov 24, 2009 4:21 PM

    I’m a Vikings fan who’s glad that Stafford was recognized as Offensive POW.
    For a franchise that has had very little to be excited about the past 40 years outside a decade of wasted Barry Sanders brillance, I’m glad the Lions fans were able to see why this guy was the No. 1 overall pick, and I’m glad he had at least one game where he looked like a future Pro Bowl QB.
    The toughness he showed defying trainers and sneaking onto the field to throw the last-second TD after taking such a hard hit the play before was what sealed the honor for him.
    Lions fans, feel good about having Stafford and Calvin Johnson for the next decade. Now if you can just shore up the other 20 starting positions and add some depth, things will finally start looking up for you.

  20. mnmark says: Nov 24, 2009 4:39 PM

    I agree Stafford deserves this as a Viking Fan and I think Stafford had a Favre moment performance to win the game injured…. unbeleivable. Favre would probably agree and not much care about it his only concern right now is to win the next game! Great victory for the Lions and too bad he wasn’t healthy enough to “baste” the Packers on Thursday.

  21. damnitall says: Nov 24, 2009 4:45 PM

    @Christopher says: November 24, 2009 4:14 PM
    He also played the entired second half of last season with and injured bicep and shoulder. When Stafford hurt his shoulder earlier this year, he sat out a couple games.
    It was Staffords knee, not shoulder. And like I said earlier, if Favre would have sat, Jets were probably in the playoffs last year. His shoulder probably didn’t even hurt while was patting himself on the back for keeping the string to 300 alive.

  22. Christopher says: Nov 24, 2009 5:04 PM

    Good call on the knee. As I was typing that I had to pause to think about it. But he is sitting out this week possibly due to a left shoulder injury. The reason the Jets didn’t make playoffs last year was the the fact that the Jets abandoned the running game. They had the AFC’s leading rushing attack going into the final stretch, but then for some reason, averaged only 15 rushes per game in a couple of their losses.
    And I don’t think you can say his shoulder didn’t hurt. Its not like he the surgery earlier this year for fun.

  23. Christopher says: Nov 24, 2009 5:10 PM

    Also, I never once stated that Stafford didn’t deserve this award. I think he shows a lot of promise. I’m just finding it a little ridiculous that someone can compare Stafford’s toughness to Brett’s. At this point, Stafford can be compared to at best, Sanchez and Freeman, because none of them has played a complete season yet.

  24. tatum32 says: Nov 24, 2009 5:38 PM

    Favre had a 148 QB rating…but Stafford got the crap beat out of him…he threw the final pass for a TD damn near one armed.
    Co-sign. He deserved it. Hell, Favre has the offensive rookie of the year, Harvin on one side, a damn near pro bowl TE (Shiancoe), and a Pro Bowl RB Adrian Peterson
    cmon.

  25. docintherock says: Nov 24, 2009 5:40 PM

    James T. Kirk (Played by Mike McCarthy) in Super Bowl Trek II: The Wrath of Favre: “FFFFAAAAAAVVVVVVRRRRREEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” (Instead of KKKKKKHHHHHHHAAAAAAANNNNNN!!!!!) Get it?

  26. Christopher says: Nov 24, 2009 6:03 PM

    Well ya, that’s why he won the award. But to say he’s tougher or better based on one game is ridiculous.

  27. slipkid says: Nov 24, 2009 6:41 PM

    lions qb is the best job in the world. win NFC OPotW and u get the week off.
    got to love it.
    and…
    the vikings know a lot about a decade of wasted brilliance. several of them in fact. and this decade will be just another of them.
    look at the schedule the vikes have played.
    weakest.
    in.
    football.
    bar.
    none.
    only the saints come close.
    hate to say it but if the vikes run into dallas, healthy NYG or maybe even AZ in the playoffs… they wont do so well. and they wont beat indy, NE or SD. maybe not even the bungles.
    i give the saints a slightly better chance than the purple piehole eaters.
    jam that suspension on the vikes and saints players like it should have happened and dallas (yes vox’s favorite team) would be atop the nfc with AZ right there too.
    and yes i like the packers chances should they play minnehaha a 3rd time.

  28. MNFANINAZ says: Nov 24, 2009 6:48 PM

    Emoney,
    Ya ever think some of it is tonque -n-cheek?
    What is it with football fans? Some of the dumbest human beings on earth.
    Love,
    The cream of the crop

  29. Christopher says: Nov 24, 2009 6:51 PM

    Yikes… well i guess it was really impressive when Dallas put up on 7 points on Washington. Or when they lost to the Packers. You’re right. They are the NFC’s best team. And you’re right. The Vikings playing the Packers twice, the Steelers, and the Ravens was a cakewalk. I mean how on earth does Arizona survive against the Seahawks, Rams, and 49ers? We should probably just put the Cowboys and the Cardinals in the NFC Championship right now. Screw the rest of the season and the playoffs. I mean, who can beat those powerhouses?

  30. FumbleNuts says: Nov 24, 2009 7:43 PM

    Now they just need to build the team around Stafford, C. Jonhson, and Pettigrew.
    Build that friggin’ O-line up to the hilt.

  31. simple_simon1 says: Nov 24, 2009 8:12 PM

    Good job Stafford.
    You people are idiots. Look at what Stafford did this week. I don’t care that Favre had a good week too, even with better numbers in completion percentage. Stafford did something that no other player his age has done. That alone means he deserves the player of the week award, period.
    I wish he would have been healhy to play this week but, oh well, good game on Sunday Stafford. Also, I was looking at his stats and am actually impressed. He’s had 2 really bad games against the Seahawks and the Saints but aside form that he’s played great. In fact, in 8 games, if you look at his stats, he’s as ood as Manning was in his rookie season. That’s good company.
    Keep it up Stafford. First time in two decades I’ve seen that kind of heart from my team. To think it started with a rookie. Wow….Keep it up. Going to be very good as he gets older. Hell, he’s only 21!!!

  32. ToledoLions says: Nov 24, 2009 8:25 PM

    Has anybody said Stafford is better than Favre or are you just assuming people think that? Of course Stafford’s not better than Favre he’s a rookie and still learning but he is good and had one hell of a game. He showed toughness and resilience this week as well as having the best passing performance yardage and TD wise. He just deserves some credit and respect for what he did and he deserves the award. I’m not taking anything away from Favre but Stafford deserved it and it’s just ridiculous to see some of you downplay what he did because it wasn’t Brett.

  33. SFrancis1680 says: Nov 24, 2009 9:38 PM

    Congrats to Stafford, the guy had a pair of brass ones, to get back on the field for that last play w/a seperated shoulder to throw that touchdown, as for Farve, NFL Network showed a video of him, he was miked, it was entertaining to watch, he seems to ENJOY slapping guys on the ass

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