Thursday, September 15, 2011

Alumni Spotlight: Stafford Finally Healthy

After a knee injury and more shoulder issues than I care to remember, Matthew Stafford is finally completely healthy. The oft-battered signal caller was drafted number one overall in 2009 and has limped through his first two years in Detroit.

However, 2011 is shaping up as one of affirmation for the former Bulldog. His development combined with a clean bill of health will play a major role in the Lions first legitimate push for the playoffs since Spartacus led the slave uprising against the Romans.

Stafford has vowed to start every game for the Lions this season, a bold prediction to say the least. As long as the once porous Detroit line keeps Stafford vertical he has a chance to fulfill that prognostication.

Matt has shown flashes of brilliance during his short career, including his 5 touchdown performance against Cleveland during his rookie season. Stafford separated his shoulder on what appeared to be the last play of the game... well watch for yourself.

Thus Stafford won the hearts of the good people of Detroit and now looks to put those hearts on his back and carry them into football Valhalla.

In week one Stafford threw for 305 yards and 3 touchdowns with 1 interception in a 27-20 road win against last season’s surprise team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Detroit has done a good job of accumulating and surrounding the young star with electric playmakers. Calvin Johnson, Nate Burleson, Brandon Pettigrew, Titus Young, and Jahvid Best comprise the potent bevy of skill players.

A Pro Bowl selection may be a bit of a reach, but Stafford should improve exponentially and raise multiple eye brows along the way. Wes’ Prediction: 3,645 Yds 27 Tds and 13 Ints.

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