NFC North Weekend Recap: Stafford Shines, Cutler Whines
Sep 8, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) throws a pass during the second quarter against the New York Giants at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
Matthew Stafford threw for 346 yards and two touchdowns (both to Calvin Johnson) and also ran for a score during the Lions’ dominant 35-14 victory over the New York Giants on Monday night. Stafford made great decisions throughout the game and exposed a porous Giants’ secondary that failed to contain Johnson and also struggled with the new No. 2 receiver in Detroit, Golden Tate. Tate racked up six catches for 93 yards in the contest.
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The win not only puts the Lions out in front of the NFC North to start the season, but it should give them a tremendous amount of confidence in the coming weeks. Their schedule gets much more difficult (at Carolina next week followed by Green Bay at home) and they will need to bolster their record as much as possible with the ever-dangerous Packers almost guaranteed to catch fire at some point this season.