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How is life without Calvin Johnson?

Posted by Betonline Team on 11/9/2016 5:43:06 AM
How is life without Calvin Johnson?

It’s not bad for Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford. He is answering questions about if he can survive without Johnson in a good way. He led the Lions to three consecutive game-winning drives and a game-tying drive, which led to an improbable overtime victory over the Minnesota Vikings.

During a 17-14 loss, Chicago Stafford did not like the mistakes teammates made during the final moments and forcefully told them. The mistakes were missing the next three times the Lions tried to pull a game out in the final moments. It seemed as if his message got through.

All five of the Lions five victories were won on the final drive of the game or overtime. It is the first time in NFL history. Not only has Stafford been lights out during two-minute drives but teammates have been near perfect also.

Now he is the comeback kid and forces teams to be up at least two scores late if they want to beat the Lions. Lions tight end Eric Ebron has a simple explanation.

“He has a strong arm,” he said. “And we have the receivers.”

There has also been a great relationship with Stafford and offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter who took over midway through the 2015 season. Stafford played better under Cooter than he did with Joe Lombardi. He began to soar under the new system, and it has rocketed this season even without Johnson.

He could end up with career highs in passer rating (103.4) and quarterback rating (69.3). Stafford is also showing more mobility which could cause teams to play less man to man so defensive backs can account for the scrambler.

Stafford is under Most Valuable Player consideration at the midpoint of the season although New England’s Tom Brady appears to be the leader although he missed four games due to suspension.

“Just late in those games, in that huddle those guys believe,” Stafford said. “I believe.”


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