Matt Stafford has an NFL-high five games with four interceptions since 2009

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Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford threw four interceptions against the Jets on Monday night. That was nothing new for him.

Stafford now has five career games with at least four interceptions, the most of any quarterback in the NFL since he entered the league in 2009.

Counting the playoffs, Stafford has played 129 games in his NFL career. To throw four interceptions in five of them, or about 4 percent of his career games, is an ugly tally. Consider that Drew Brees has played 264 games — more than twice as many as Stafford and has only thrown four interceptions three times. Joe Flacco has played 41 more games than Stafford and has only thrown four interceptions twice. Matt Ryan has played 40 more games than Stafford and has thrown four interceptions twice. Cam Newton has played almost as many games as Stafford and has only thrown four interceptions once.

And Aaron Rodgers, who has played 167 games — 38 more than Stafford — has never thrown four interceptions in a game.

The Lions have paid Stafford a fortune in his NFL career, first as the first overall pick in the 2009 draft under the old Collective Bargaining Agreement, which instantly made him one of the highest-paid players in the league, and then with two big contract extensions. They’re now in Year 10 with Stafford, and they still haven’t won a playoff game since they drafted him. If the Lions are ever going to turn things around, those four-interception games are going to have to stop.

71 responses to “Matt Stafford has an NFL-high five games with four interceptions since 2009

  1. Stafford isn’t blameless in throwing all those interceptions. However, it’d be awfully nice if the Lions did him a favor and had an offensive line that actually – GASP – gave him some protection.

  2. NONE of these dudes are worth the huge $$. They are either overrated as in Stafford, David Carr, etc
    or injury prone as in JJ Watt and Aaron Rogers. None of that is worth 100-140millon.

  3. Those 5 games over the course of 9 years are not the reason for no playoff wins. Those were 5 losses. 5 losses does not ruin a nearly decade of football. This is shallow analysis. It’s the lack of pass rush, lack of running game. Last year Stafford threw 10 picks on the entire season, and the lions would have been threatening the Browns without him on the roster.

    Yesterday Darnold has enough time to make a sandwich, then eat it before finding a receiver. And the lions still couldn’t run the ball. Not much has changed in Detroit. And that’s on bob Quinn. He thought 9-7 was unacceptable last year— what will he think after this season?

  4. Ten years in, Stafford likely is what he is at this point. He seems more likely to have more 4-pick games than he is to stop having them.

  5. “lofty99 says:
    September 11, 2018 at 8:45 am
    And ppl keep bashing a guy like Flacco who has bn to many playoffs and also won a superbowl in his fifth year. C’mon”

    They bash him because they’ve watched him. Yes, he had a historic run, but he’s not great. Definitely not 28 million dollar cap hit great. Since his SB the team has been .500. His SB run was extended by hail mary plays and kickoff returns. Not to mention a horrible no call PI in the endzone to end his SB winning game.

  6. And ppl keep bashing a guy like Flacco who has bn to many playoffs and also won a superbowl in his fifth year. C’mon

    They praise guys that haven’t won anything or only bn to the playoffs once. eg matt Stafford, derek carr, Andrew luck, phillip rivers, Blake Bortles, Andy dalton, Marcus Mariota, Alex smith,ryan tannehill, Sam Bradford. I will give matt Ryan and cam newton a slight pass because they played in a superbowl.

  7. For anyone who criticizes the Lions oline, take a look at the Jets pass rush.
    There is none.
    The Jets have no legitimate pass rushers.
    If the Jets can pressure Stafford then he’s going to get killed by the Bears who do have legitimate pass rushers.
    And I mean killed, not sacked.

  8. He’s pretty bad at times, but it could be worse in Detroit. They could be saddled with Derek Carr and a $100M washed up coach. At least Stafford has good games to even out the bad ones and Patricia has some potential as a head coach.

  9. When Detroit gave Stafford the huge money a year or so ago, I remember thinking, “why are they paying this guy so much? What has he done to justify this kind of money?”

  10. Does Stafford ever have a clean pocket? Rarely. And when he does, he hits his receivers.
    BTW, how many drops did Tate have last night? I stopped counting at three. When you keep changing RBs and STILL can’t run the ball after years of trying, maybe it’s the OL and play designs, not the RBs. Stafford is what he is – a gunslinger style QB. You can win with a guy like that but only if you’ve got a good team. They seem not to.

    Bright spot. Kenny Golladay is the real deal.

  11. lofty99 says:
    September 11, 2018 at 8:45 am
    And ppl keep bashing a guy like Flacco who has bn to many playoffs and also won a superbowl in his fifth year. C’mon”

    They bash him because they’ve watched him. Yes, he had a historic run, but he’s not great. Definitely not 28 million dollar cap hit great. Since his SB the team has been .500. His SB run was extended by hail mary plays and kickoff returns. Not to mention a horrible no call PI in the endzone to end his SB winning game.

    My point is flacco has done a better job and achieved more than a lot of this qb’s bn praise because of stats or whatsoever. And their here you go pointing to his contract while a lot of dis guys are getting paid more. C’mon

  12. Two great a accompanying stats would be how many Ints total he’s had, how many sacks/pressures he’s had compared to his peers, and the fact he’s usually behind trying to make something out of nothing…but then again, that would make your story less shocking

  13. It’s hardly news, but Stafford has never been a winner. You can talk stats all you want, but the fact remains Stafford is never gonna win enough to justify his contract. He made about $50 million before he ever beat a team with a winning record. And after making well over $100 million, he just has one playoff game. And the Lions are locked into him contractually for at least a few more years.

    That’s a lot of money to be paying a guy who punches out every season at the end of December.

  14. Stafford could go down as the most overpaid player in NFL history. In a couple of years, he will have earned ~ one quarter of a BILLION dollars, with zero playoff wins to show for it.

  15. One thing Stafford has NEVER done: Fumbled away his last chance at winning a superbowl. Brady did that this year.

  16. Volume stats are misleading.

    He leads the league because he throws the ball a gazillion times a game.

    This is also why his career yardage and 5,000 yard season are blown way out of proportion by his fans.

    Give me wins over stats any day.

  17. Looks like D coordinators around the league have figured out Jim Bob and Jim Bob needs to make some adjustments. I don’t like the Lions, but wasn’t it just 2 years ago that Stafford had 8- 4th qtr. comeback wins? Last night was bad, but that was a team effort worth of suck.

  18. They should’ve kept Caldwell. These belichick’s tree is overated and they are no good. We are going to see same results in Tennessee as well where the GM fired a coach who took the team to playoff after so many years.

  19. gojags says:
    September 11, 2018 at 10:20 am
    They should’ve kept Caldwell. These belichick’s tree is overated and they are no good. We are going to see same results in Tennessee as well where the GM fired a coach who took the team to playoff after so many years.

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    Mike Vrabel played for the Pats but was never on the coaching staff

  20. JustBlameTrumpOrRussia says:
    September 11, 2018 at 9:46 am
    One thing Stafford has NEVER done: Fumbled away his last chance at winning a superbowl. Brady did that this year.
    ——————-
    Stafford would actually have to get to a super bowl in order for that to happen

  21. I got to feel for Lions fans. Man, It looks like the head coach has put on about 50lb’s since joining the Lions. What’s up with the field? it looks like shag carpeting from the 60’s. Same old lions I’m afraid. Maybe they should trade him for whatever they can get.

  22. somewhere out there Caldwel is smiling. And we don’t care about Erin nor throwing 4 picks yet, he’s a big choker, especially in big games when they counts the most.

  23. Yes, it was ugly. To the point where you won’t hear any roars from me today.

    Beyond disappointed in Patricia so far. The locker room seems lost already in week one.

    Maybe they should have promoted Teryl Austin instead, like I sorta hoped they would.

  24. JustBlameTrumpOrRussia says:
    September 11, 2018 at 9:46 am
    One thing Stafford has NEVER done: Fumbled away his last chance at winning a superbowl. Brady did that this year.
    ——

    Remember the last time the Pats players your Ravens? Remember afterwards when Harbaugh called Grigson to initiate the whole deflategate fiasco? That was the last time your Ravens even sniffed the postseason….and they won’t rhis year either

  25. With all this playoff talk about Stafford, I’m forced to wonder how many playoff wins Kaep has?

    Think about this -Kaep has won more playoff games than these QB’s combined:

    Stafford
    Dalton
    Tannehill
    Fitzpatrick
    Winston
    Newton
    Goff
    Prescott
    Cousins
    Every Buffalo QB since Jim Kelly
    Every Browns QB this century

    By this metric, Kaep > Half the QB’s in this league

    Just sayin…

    Your thumbs down is appreciated.

  26. Haywood J Moderated says:
    September 11, 2018 at 12:17 pm
    With all this playoff talk about Stafford, I’m forced to wonder how many playoff wins Kaep has?

    Think about this -Kaep has won more playoff games than these QB’s combined:

    Stafford
    Dalton
    Tannehill
    Fitzpatrick
    Winston
    Newton
    Goff
    Prescott
    Cousins
    Every Buffalo QB since Jim Kelly
    Every Browns QB this century

    By this metric, Kaep > Half the QB’s in this league

    Just sayin…

    Your thumbs down is appreciated.

    _____________________________________________

    Maybe, just maybe if he didn’t scheme a false protest about a lie in his country while directly insulting the REAL citizens of his country, he could be playing on an NFL team.

  27. Normally you’d say its just one game, but boy was that a beatdown in every game phase. With games versus the 49ers and Pats coming up, I think Lions fans would have every right to hold off on any panic until (and if) they start 0-3.

  28. My point is flacco has done a better job and achieved more than a lot of this qb’s bn praise because of stats or whatsoever. And their here you go pointing to his contract while a lot of dis guys are getting paid more. C’mon

    —-
    My point is despite a historic run he has not been worth his contract. The team agrees as well, drafting a QB in the first round while Flacco is supposedly still in his prime. He doesn’t have near the consistent stats of the other QBs, but somehow he is better because he got a SB with a historic run a lnd a string of plays that went in his favor, most he had nothing to do with.

  29. Giving Stafford the extension they did reminds me of the guy who keeps his crabby and not very hot girlfriend around because he doesn’t think he can find anyone better.

  30. Lots of bashing here, but I’ve seen this guy when he gets going and DBs couldn’t keep up with his laser throws.

  31. 2ndstringqbshredsPatriots(Patricia) says:
    September 11, 2018 at 12:23 pm

    Maybe, just maybe if he didn’t scheme a false protest about a lie in his country while directly insulting the REAL citizens of his country, he could be playing on an NFL team.
    ——————-
    If you’re saying that police don’t shoot unarmed black men who haven’t committed a crime (other than speaking on a cell phone in their own back yard), then maybe you should pick up a newspaper.

    The protests are about police profiling and behaving violently towards black males, and there’s a lot of evidence (thanks to cell phones and video cameras everywhere) to support this.

    The traitors who are an enemy to the nation are the cops who abuse their positions of authority, not the protesters who call them out for it.

  32. The Jets defenders said their film study told them exactly what plays the Lions were going to call. That’s the fault of Jim Bob Cooter’s predictable offense. Thus a big reason for the four INTs (plus one by Cassell) was total the lack of imagination and game planning by Cooter and Matt (alleged rapist) Patricia.

    Also. Patricia was exposed as being something other than the “defensive genius” Lions fans were promised. When the other team is running up the score on your lame defense, and their DBs can see what passes you’re going to call, the QB is going to have a very bad day.

    Having said that — Stafford is still the one who threw the INTs.

  33. purpleguy says:
    Normally you’d say its just one game, but boy was that a beatdown in every game phase. With games versus the 49ers and Pats coming up, I think Lions fans would have every right to hold off on any panic until (and if) they start 0-3.
    ==

    Totally agree.
    Every team has a bad game, and these days we get a lot of really sloppy football in opening week because so few veterans get much work during the preseason.
    Sometimes it takes a while to adjust to a new coach and system. However, I saw a disturbing trend in the couple of Detroit preseason games I watched. It was mostly third- and fourth-stringers playing, but the lack of effort was often appalling. The disappointing results were predictable.
    Preseason points, wins or losses mean little. But if this coaching staff can’t motivate long-shot players who should have been playing maniacally hard for a spot on the roster, how is it going to get a collection of mediocre-to-good veterans — many who have never been part of a winning culture — to play hard and cohesively?
    Just one game, yes, But what I saw last night was a lack of attention to detail and a very disjointed effort overall.

  34. Where is that ROAR/ONEPRIDE guy today? He sure liked to come over on the Packers threads and make it big, but now he seems to be M.I.A. for some reason…

  35. Ivan Pavlov says:
    September 11, 2018 at 3:37 pm
    2ndstringqbshredsPatriots(Patricia) says:
    September 11, 2018 at 12:23 pm

    Maybe, just maybe if he didn’t scheme a false protest about a lie in his country while directly insulting the REAL citizens of his country, he could be playing on an NFL team.
    ——————-
    If you’re saying that police don’t shoot unarmed black men who haven’t committed a crime (other than speaking on a cell phone in their own back yard), then maybe you should pick up a newspaper.

    The protests are about police profiling and behaving violently towards black males, and there’s a lot of evidence (thanks to cell phones and video cameras everywhere) to support this.

    The traitors who are an enemy to the nation are the cops who abuse their positions of authority, not the protesters who call them out for it.

    ___________________________________

    Whoa man, I’m sure that certain cops abuse their power, are racist and use excessive force sometimes….even fatally, but this protest is a total crock. The majority of cops are good people doing the right thing. Maybe take your own advice and stop being brainwashed by the anti-American media. It’s a total sham.

    The traitors are 95% of the media and people that want to turn our country into a socialist/communistic disaster. You kids today think you know everything, but YOU need to pick up a history book because it’s about to repeat itself.

  36. still beyond me why they fired jim caldwell..the lions under caldwell made the playoffs 2 of the past 3 seasons & went 9-7 last season…the lions…

  37. For those blaming it on an offensive line, if that’s the case, they should be running fantastic plays for that situation.

    We got rid of our winningest coach of what feels like all times for this rookie head coach chump, but Stafford’s play is part of the reason they couldn’t go further with Caldwell.

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