Thursday, October 15, 2009

Three Reasons Matthew Stafford Should Start Sunday

Three reasons I would play Matthew Stafford at Green Bay Sunday - if his knee is, indeed, healthy:
1. I believe he gives the Lions a better chance to win. The ball comes out a lot faster and defenses don't crowd the line of scrimmage as much with Stafford at QB as Daunte Culpepper.
2. He needs to play at Green Bay, where the Lions haven't won since 1991, to gain the ultimate road experience.
3. It would give him opportunity to establish himself as the Lions' offensive leader. It might lead to confusion if Culpepper were to start this game entering the bye week.

Random Thoughts

- Maybe it's not such an advantage Michigan State isn't playing Ohio State this season. It won't be if the Buckeyes run the table in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes still have to win at Penn State and Michigan. For the Spartans, the game at Minnesota could be difficult. A night game at Minnesota outdoors on Halloween? That just sounds scary. Then again, the Gophers might not be in the best way after back-to-back road games at Penn State and Ohio State. And Minnesota has already lost a couple games in its new stadium.

- I like everything about the Phillies over the Dodgers in the NLCS except one key element - the Dodgers have much, much better bullpen.

- Everything Alex Rodriguez did in the ALDS won't mean a thing if he doesn't come through now.



Blogger Fred Brill said...

Pat, I just read your column in Wednesday's Oakland Press.

That was my sentiment exactly - if the Tigers had only closed out the Twins - they could have beat the Yankers - could have.

That last week just wrecked the whole season.

I had the ALDS on the TV - but truth be told - I couldn't care to watch it. It was like seeing home movies of the Hawaiian vacation you had to miss or the girl who broke your heart going out with your worst enemy.


Yeah, I think we could've beaten the Yankers - could've.

But it would be damn cold at Comerica if we did.

7:22 AM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Fred Brill,
Hey, it's nice today, but until today it was miserable. If they had just closed out the season Thursday or Friday of the last week, everything would have been setup for great postseason fun in Detroit - whether they beat the Yanks or not. Disappointing Minnesota got the fun.

12:12 PM 

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