Lions prepared to pit ailing Stafford against a defense that sacked him 10 times

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When the Lions faced the Vikings last month, Matthew Stafford was sacked a career-high 10 times. Now Stafford is dealing with a back injury, and the Lions are preparing to face the Vikings again.

That’s less than ideal, but the Lions have shown every indication of throwing their $27 million-a-year quarterback out there against Minnesota, even though they know how well the Vikings match up with them.

“They have just multiple different ways to pressure the quarterback and to just kind of keep the heat on the offensive line from that standpoint,” Lions coach Matt Patricia said, via the Detroit News. “A lot of really great players, a lot of good scheme, everybody kind of working together and I think that’s something that they have been able to develop through the course of a number years, kind of being in the same system and the same scheme with a lot of the same players for a while really has allowed that to grow. And that’s why I just think it’s so dynamic, especially in those real tough situations that you know the ball is going to be thrown on third down, second and long, things like that where they can really just dial it up and go.”

It might be wise for the Lions to consider shutting Stafford down, given that they’re mathematically eliminated from playoff contention and there’s no getting out of his $29.5 million cap hit next year. The Lions are married to Stafford whether he’s healthy or not. They just have to hope he’ll be healthy, and better, in 2019.

47 responses to “Lions prepared to pit ailing Stafford against a defense that sacked him 10 times

  1. After what Minnesota did to a mess of a Miami team last week, I almost feel sorry for Stafford and the Lions. They better bring a lunch, have the EMTs on stand-by, and prepare for a long, brutal afternoon.

  2. The media pushes this “shut it down” mentality. Some fans(mostly morons) buy into it. It wasn’t this way 10 years ago. The media will now write and say ANYTHING to create a story.

    This is the regular season. You never “shut it down”, no matter your record.

    I will be at the Packers Jets game in New York. I want that W. My 9 yr old son wants that W. The teams want that W. The Packers have not won on the road this season. Trust me when I say that motivates them. It’s football. It’s what they love to do. You only get to strap it on and play so many times in a NFL career. These players want to play. The media just wants a story on a slow news day.

  3. You cant shut him down, especially if you expect fans to buy tickets and gear for christmas. Its a game, play the game.

    As a loyal Skoldier, I got a ton of respect for Stafford. He takes his beatings when he plays us like a man. And he still slings it. I dont know who is behind him on the depth chart but…

    “Get up Prince of Troy… I Wont let a stone take my Glory…”

  4. freefromwhatyouare says:
    December 20, 2018 at 1:09 pm

    The media pushes this “shut it down” mentality. Some fans(mostly morons) buy into it. It wasn’t this way 10 years ago. The media will now write and say ANYTHING to create a story.

    This is the regular season. You never “shut it down”, no matter your record.

    I will be at the Packers Jets game in New York. I want that W. My 9 yr old son wants that W. The teams want that W. The Packers have not won on the road this season. Trust me when I say that motivates them. It’s football. It’s what they love to do. You only get to strap it on and play so many times in a NFL career. These players want to play. The media just wants a story on a slow news day.
    ___________

    Please explain why Rodgers shut it down with two games left last year.

    Oh, and you’d better watch your phone. I think your 9-year-old has been commenting under your account.

  5. freefromcommonsense says:

    This is the regular season. You never “shut it down”, no matter your record.
    ###

    Remind me what the Packers did with Rodgers after the Carolina game last year…

    Fully medically cleared by your Packers medical staff and didn’t get a new injury while throwing those 3 interceptions…

    And the Packers shut him down.

  6. Guys already pulled up lame. Why perpetuate the injury?
    I think they have Kizer behind him. A healthy Kizer will put out an equally entertaining contest as an ailing Stafford with nothing but pride to play for.
    Not a chance I would be risking my tall dollar franchise player.
    Same with Rodgers.
    I’m not minimizing pride but playing these guys would seem like that foolish kind people talk about

  7. So we are trying to compare mgmt sitting Aaron the last 2 games last year to this year when he isn’t sitting? Totally different circumstances.

    And tell me when the Packers ever “shut it down” as a team? Did all the starters sit last year? Are the starters all sitting this year? Is any team totally “shutting it down”?

    Nope.

  8. freefromwhatyouare says:
    December 20, 2018 at 1:09 pm
    The media pushes this “shut it down” mentality. Some fans(mostly morons) buy into it. It wasn’t this way 10 years ago. The media will now write and say ANYTHING to create a story.

    This is the regular season. You never “shut it down”, no matter your record.

    I will be at the Packers Jets game in New York. I want that W. My 9 yr old son wants that W. The teams want that W. The Packers have not won on the road this season. Trust me when I say that motivates them. It’s football. It’s what they love to do. You only get to strap it on and play so many times in a NFL career. These players want to play. The media just wants a story on a slow news day.
    ——————–
    What part of 29.5 MILLION for next year didn’t you understand? It’s just business man…..THAT is why some players get shut down these days. $$$$$

  9. Perfect timing to sit Stafford. Very lucky for the Vikings, the luckiest team in the NFL. With all the luck flowing their way, they’d better make it to the SuperBowl. No reason not to.

  10. 81TinaKane says:
    December 20, 2018 at 1:11 pm
    Still year of the the cat tho? aim I Rite?

    ———————-

    Go ahead and underestimate The Lions on Sunday! It will be our pleasure to endanger your playoff chances!!

    ROAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! #ONEPRIDE

  11. I think these “never shut it down” guys are the same guys that are mad at the kids that don’t play in their bowl games “they have a scholarship dammit” and by the way get off my lawn

  12. It’s stupid for the Lions to play Stafford. The Lions were eliminated weeks ago and have absolutely nothing to play for. The Vikings will win the game whether Stafford plays anyway, so why make the guy go out there?

  13. whatjusthapped says:
    December 20, 2018 at 2:15 pm

    With this, at least the Lion’s have a chance. Which is more than you can say about the Viking’s chances of winning a playoff game.
    ————————————————————————————-
    So what are the chances of the packers winning a playoff game this year? #asking for a friend

  14. Stafford is an investment for the owners. They want their investment to last for the long term. Anyone who thinks they don’t consider “shutting down ” their investment doesn’t know football or what they’re talking about.

  15. “These never shut it down guys”

    ========

    When I say you never shut it down no matter your record, I’m talking about the team not any particular player. Teams have win loss records, not individual players.

    Doctors make decisions on players sitting out in the NFL. Cam wants to play for instance. Aaron wanted to play last year and is playing this year.

    The sitting out college bowl games is completely different than what we are talking about here. That is a whole different conversation.

  16. stellarperformance says:
    December 20, 2018 at 2:39 pm

    Perfect timing to sit Stafford. Very lucky for the Vikings, the luckiest team in the NFL. With all the luck flowing their way, they’d better make it to the SuperBowl. No reason not to.

    ÷÷÷÷÷÷÷÷

    Well, well, well. Isn’t this a surprise. The Packer fan who loves to call Viking fans who post on Packer stories as “fight pickers” is doing the same thing on a Viking-related story. Hypocrite.

  17. Who is Staffords backup? We shall find out by the third quarter on Sunday. Lions are tougher than Packers. Packer fan wants to know when his team has ever “shut it down”? 2017 and 2018 come to mind.

  18. In the NFL, it’s one week at a time. Anything can happen, but the Vikings are hungry and if they sacked a healthy Stanford 10 times last time, they can repeat that this time.

  19. stellarperformance says:
    December 20, 2018 at 2:39 pm
    Perfect timing to sit Stafford. Very lucky for the Vikings, the luckiest team in the NFL. With all the luck flowing their way, they’d better make it to the SuperBowl. No reason not to.
    —————————————

    I think you’ve been the only one talking Super Bowl for the Vikings. We can only hope the offense keeps this trend and hits the playoffs hot and team keeps the training room empty. It was opposite last year with injuries and the offense sputtering. Yes some luck is needed to win a Super Bowl and that goes for anyone. Luck is a product of talent and opportunity. The Packers luck ran out after their 3rd win.

  20. gtodriver says:
    December 20, 2018 at 1:57 pm
    freefromcommonsense says:

    This is the regular season. You never “shut it down”, no matter your record.
    ###

    Remind me what the Packers did with Rodgers after the Carolina game last year…

    Fully medically cleared by your Packers medical staff and didn’t get a new injury while throwing those 3 interceptions…

    And the Packers shut him down.
    ————–
    And they also put him back on IR, which the league allowed but is against league rules.
    No complaints about it last year from packer fans.

    Free’s “don’t shut it down” rant is pretty obvious.
    He wants to see Rodgers because he’s got tickets to the game with is kid.

  21. The Vikes D has been much more effective this year at home rather than on the road, at least when it comes to sacks. I also suspect that Cooter guy will adjust the Lions offensive play calling accordingly. The Lions have played well in spurts, the D isn’t that bad, and I still don’t understand how an offensive line with all that talent struggles so much. I bet this unfortunately is a fairly close game.

    As to the cheeser comments, the only real appropriate response is that it sure is nice to cheer for a team that remains relevant with two weeks to go — something that’s probably foreign to them since its been 3 seasons since they last had that feeling.

  22. freefromwhatyouare says:
    December 20, 2018 at 2:13 pm

    So we are trying to compare mgmt sitting Aaron the last 2 games last year to this year when he isn’t sitting? Totally different circumstances.

    And tell me when the Packers ever “shut it down” as a team? Did all the starters sit last year? Are the starters all sitting this year? Is any team totally “shutting it down”?

    Nope.
    __________

    I don’t know. The Packers have looked like they shut it down most of the season but the starters are still playing so it’s hard to tell.

    By the way, aren’t you the guy who brags that he only comments on Packer stories?

  23. ARod(in his collarbone) says:
    December 20, 2018 at 3:32 pm

    In the NFL, it’s one week at a time. Anything can happen, but the Vikings are hungry and if they sacked a healthy Stanford 10 times last time, they can repeat that this time.
    __________

    Given that the 10 sacks were the only time they did that in 58 years, I wouldn’t put money on the repeat.

  24. freefromcommonsense says:

    So we are trying to compare mgmt sitting Aaron the last 2 games last year to this year when he isn’t sitting? Totally different circumstances.
    ###

    Exactly what is different this year?

    Rodgers was given full medical clearance by the Packers staff to play against Carolina. He didn’t aggravate his shoulder and didn’t have any new injury. The Packers IR’d him.

    This year, Rodgers was given full medical clearance to play by the same staff after his injury in week 1. This year, he injured his groin last Sunday (obviously from carrying his huge ego). So this year he has a new injury that at least gives the Packers a reason to sit him.

    Two totally different situations, for sure. Last year they had no reason to sit him. This year they do.

    Yet you want Rodgers to play this year, but you excuse him for last year.

    Dispute that take…

  25. @RobBryz

    I comment all over PFT. You must not read a lot here. I challenge you to find where I ever said I only comment on Packers articles. I have never commented on a Vikings article because they are irrelevant to me. If you are again going to claim this is a Vikings article, then I encourage you to read the first word of the headline here. You know how I know it’s a article about the Lions? Because I wouldn’t have read it had the main topic been the Vikings.

  26. freefromwcommonsense says:
    December 20, 2018 at 4:12 pm
    @RobBryz

    I comment all over PFT. You must not read a lot here. I challenge you to find where I ever said I only comment on Packers articles. I have never commented on a Vikings article because they are irrelevant to me. If you are again going to claim this is a Vikings article, then I encourage you to read the first word of the headline here.
    ###

    Actually, I remember you making the exact same comment. But if you want to hide behind the fact that this is a Lions article, let me point out that the very first sentence says:

    “When the Lions faced the Vikings last month, Matthew Stafford was sacked a career-high 10 times.”

    That should have stopped you right then, yet you continued.

    The second sentence reads:

    “Now Stafford is dealing with a back injury, and the Lions are preparing to face the Vikings again.”

    Second chance to go on to the next article as you have no interest in the Vikings.

    The third sentence goes on:

    “That’s less than ideal, but the Lions have shown every indication of throwing their $27 million-a-year quarterback out there against Minnesota, even though they know how well the Vikings match up with them.”

    And you kept reading. And posted on an article that is clearly about the Lions playing the Vikings (which is a fact that you knew before you even clicked on the story).

    I heard people say that when you find yourself in a hole, it’s best to stop digging.

  27. @gtodriver

    Last year it was decided by doctors after looking at the new images of the shoulder after the Carolina game, that it at that point was in Aaron’s best interest to not play any longer in 2017.

    This year, Aaron is playing because doctors don’t feel the same about the knee or the groin injury. The groin injury is minor and is just a matter of being sore.

    Both years Aaron wanted to play. This year he is playing and kind of ruins the he doesn’t care about anything as long as he gets his money narrative that was tried last year.

  28. @RobBryz

    Reading and comprehension isn’t your strong suit is it?

    Anyone with a brain can read this article and understand the main topic of the article is the Lions.

    If you don’t want to admit you are wrong then that is on you. More power to you.

    #Happy Holidays!🎄🎉

    #GoPackGo!🧀

  29. I look for this to be a closely-fought contest with the Vikings pulling out the victory at the end. Vikings 45 Lions 3

  30. “Dispute that take…”

    You have no idea what the medical staff saw AFTER the Carolina game last year that caused them to put Rodgers on IR. There was always a timeline for that injury, and they probably decided they would go with the longer timeline after watching him try to use that shoulder against CAR.

  31. Stafford will want to play this week and next week to demonstrate that he’s still the team’s leader. There’s zero doubt that he won’t be playing in either game. The sit him/play him discussion is moot. He’s going to get clobbered against the Vikings. Then he’s going to get clobbered into the frozen turf in Green Bay.

    If there’s going to be a discussion about a non-existent possibility, it should be about where to trade Stafford. The Lions have already decided that next year will be a rebuilding year. They might as well draft their next franchise QB. Stafford’s cap hit makes him nearly impossible to trade, but I still think Jerry Jones would try to figure out how to make it happen if he’s given the option.

    Psychologically – going to a franchise committed to making the playoffs every season would do Stafford a world of good.

  32. Ivan Pavlov says:
    December 20, 2018 at 5:23 pm

    …He’s going to get clobbered against the Vikings. Then he’s going to get clobbered into the frozen turf in Green Bay.

    ÷÷÷÷÷÷÷

    Ivan, the field in Green Bay is heated. There is no frozen tundra at Lambeau. Those days are long gone.

  33. freefromwhatyouare says:
    December 20, 2018 at 4:33 pm
    @gtodriver

    Last year it was decided by doctors after looking at the new images of the shoulder after the Carolina game, that it at that point was in Aaron’s best interest to not play any longer in 2017.
    ###

    So, the great Packer medical staff put Rodgers out there when he wasn’t healthy.

    Got it…

  34. diveleft says:

    There is no frozen tundra at Lambeau.
    ###

    There never has been and never will be frozen tundra at/in/near Lambeau Field.

    I’ve spent time on frozen tundra near the Artic Circle while photographing Polar Bears.

    The nearest tundra to Green Bay is over 1,000 miles away. You can’t drive there – you either go by ship, by plane, by train or walk.

    Been there, did that, done that…

  35. stellarperformance says:
    December 20, 2018 at 2:39 pm
    Perfect timing to sit Stafford. Very lucky for the Vikings, the luckiest team in the NFL. With all the luck flowing their way, they’d better make it to the SuperBowl. No reason not to.
    ———————-

    Won’t they still have to beat the packers though?? You said they are the team to beat in the north, considering they have that awesome win with as many TD passes as Trubisky

  36. freefromwhatyouare says:
    December 20, 2018 at 1:09 pm
    The media pushes this “shut it down” mentality. Some fans(mostly morons) buy into it. It wasn’t this way 10 years ago. The media will now write and say ANYTHING to create a story.

    This is the regular season. You never “shut it down”, no matter your record.

    I will be at the Packers Jets game in New York. I want that W. My 9 yr old son wants that W. The teams want that W. The Packers have not won on the road this season. Trust me when I say that motivates them. It’s football. It’s what they love to do. You only get to strap it on and play so many times in a NFL career. These players want to play. The media just wants a story on a slow news day.

    People get smarter and learn from mistakes of those before them.
    Good business practice – don’t risk losing your biggest assets to injury. And that’s before you factor in the draft spot.

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