Matthew Stafford is the latest Lions quarterback to learn that there is no protective pocket after having a bad game.
The phone lines on sports-talk radio have been burning all week from callers who suddenly perceive Stafford as the problem, not the solution, in the Lions recent struggles.
The Lions are 1-3 in their last four games, and Stafford had one of his worst games as a pro in last weeks 37-13 loss at Chicago. He had four interceptions, and two were returned for touchdowns.
Coach Jim Schwartz has no concern that last weeks game was anything but an aberration, or that there will be any lingering effects in Sundays crucial game against the Panthers at Ford Field.
The least of our worries is our quarterback, Schwartz said.
Staffords record this season indicates he will have a bounce-back performance against the Panthers.
My prediction: Lions 23, Panthers 17. It doesnt cover the seven-point spread but keeps the Lions on course to make the playoffs.
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