Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has made 136 consecutive starts under center. That streak will reportedly end today.
If you’re not a fan of Stafford, that’s fine, the one thing you cannot question is his durability. In his rookie season, he separated his left (non-throwing) shoulder against the Cleveland Browns and refused to be taken out as the Lions were in a position to win the game with a score. He eventually secured that victory with a touchdown pass to tight end Brandon Pettigrew.
Heading into today’s game against the division rival Chicago Bears, Stafford has officially been downgraded to out with back and hip injuries. So, strap on your seat belt as we take a trip down memory lane to the Lions’ last game without Stafford.
Jan. 2, 2011, was the last time the Lions played without having No. 9 dropping back. His season was cut short by surgery to repair the acromioclavicular (AC) joint in his throwing shoulder and have his clavicle shaved.
Who was under center for the Lions when they took the field for the final game, you ask? Why, it was Ol’ Faithful, Shaun Hill, who completed 28 of 39 passes for 258 yards, one interception and a score to Nate Burleson. The Lions ultimately would go on to win the game 20-13 and finish out the season 6-10.
If you want to dive further into this scenario of the Lions without Stafford, we can go one more. The last time the Lions played on the road without Stafford starting was just a week prior as they traveled down to Miami to take on the Dolphins. Hill was under center at Sun Life Stadium and completed 14 of 26 for 222 with two touchdown passes — one to Jahvid Best, the other to Pettigrew.
As it stands, the Lions are 4-0 in their last four games without Matthew Stafford.
Here’s everything you need to know to prepare for Jeff Driskel starting under center in Chicago today.