Watching Detroit Lions and Jeff Driskel makes you yearn for Matthew Stafford

Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press on

Published in Football

CHICAGO -- He has been around so long, it's easy to forget how long Matthew Stafford has been around. But then he plays for the Lions, and in a franchise beset by misery, it's hard to forget the guy who makes sure you lose a little less.

This organization lost 16 games the year before Stafford arrived. And when he couldn't play Sunday against the Bears because of broken bones in his back -- well, I don't blame you if your mind drifted to the first 0-16 season in NFL history.

That's about how the Lions looked Sunday, too: scrappy but ultimately in over their heads.

Against the Bears.

A team that got to Sunday with a worse record, a hapless offense, and a frustrated, unhappy fan base. And when that offense, led by Mitchell Trubisky -- the No. 2 overall pick of the 2017 draft -- trotted off the field midway through the second quarter after its fourth punt of the game, that fan base let him have it.

The third-year quarterback has struggled since he arrived in Chicago. He didn't help his cause early Sunday, when he led four drives that managed a combined 19 yards.


Your turn: Grade the Detroit Lions' performance against the Chicago Bears

Facing one of the worst defenses in football.

So, yes, it's relative. Bears fans would swap Trubisky for Stafford in a second. Many teams would. Sunday afternoon, you got a reminder of why:


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