Detroit Lions' Winning Formula Is Matthew Stafford

By Luis Vilanova
Matt Stafford
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The Detroit Lions sit atop the NFC North, and Matthew Stafford showed why he is master and commander of the team. Despite the last two consecutive losses and poor execution that jeopardized the team’s opportunity to win the NFC North, Stafford put on a superb performance against the Green Bay Packers on Thanksgiving Day.

It was early in the second quarter when the Lions were trailing 10-3 after a costly turnover and the Packers converted seven effortless points; things could not get any worse after the Silver and Blue had fumbled on a running play in the red zone. I thought this would be another exceedingly dark chapter to the Lions’ season driven by their own acts of self-sabotage.

As the game progressed from the second quarter onward, Matt Stafford flicked on the winning switch and proved why he is among the elite passers of the NFL. Stafford passed for 330 yards and three touchdowns to nine different targets; he made his team better and every receiver looked good. In my opinion, when Stafford is able to involve the entire offense, there is no stopping the Lions; the team actually looked like the much awaited ¨Greatest Show on Turf.¨

The passing game was so well executed that it didn’t create over-dependence on Calvin Johnson, yet he looked amazing on slant passes and in the end zone. I hope everyone at Allen Park takes note of this great offensive model which could have been even more powerful with Nate Burleson on the field. Stafford is the key and has the winning formula for the Lions in the games to come.

Luis Vilanova is a Detroit Lions writer for Follow him/her on Twitter, “Like” him/her on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

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