Packers vs Lions : Matthew Stafford is still dealing with a back problem, and the Detroit Lions offense is going nowhere under his command.
== MATCH INFO ==
NFL Football Week 17
Team : Packers vs Lions
Date : Sunday, December 30
Start Time : 1:00 Pm Et
But Lions coach Matt Patricia reiterated in a conference call Monday that he has no plans to sit his quarterback with one game left in the regular season.
“We’ll approach every week the same,” Patricia said. “I think there’s something to play for every single week, so that’s what we’re going to try to do. We’re always competitive, we’re always trying to compete and to us it’s important.”
Stafford completed just 18 of 32 passes for 116 yards in Sunday’s 27-9 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.
He averaged a career-low 3.6 yards per pass attempt, and was pulled from the game with 4:10 left to cheers from the Ford Field crowd.
Matt Cassel, the only other quarterback on the Lions’ active roster, completed 5 of 11 passes for 45 yards in two series of work.
The Lions have scored 17 or fewer points in five straight games and are tied for 26th in the NFL in scoring offense heading into this week’s season finale against the Green Bay Packers. Stafford, who’s made 127 consecutive starts, acknowledged Sunday that the season has started to wear on him.
“I just want to win games and when you don’t do it, it’s frustrating,” he said. “We put a lot of work into it. I know the coaches, players, all the support staff put a ton of work into this. We don’t just roll the ball out there on Sunday and hope for the best, so anytime you put a lot of work in and a lot of hours, a lot of time into something and it doesn’t turn out the way you want, disappointing.”