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Stafford says pressure to lead is nothing new

Tuesday - 9/3/2013, 10:34pm  ET

FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2013 file photo, Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford throws during a preseason NFL football game against the New York Jets in Detroit. It's remarkable to think that Stafford has more to prove after throwing for over 10,000 yards over the last two seasons, but the Detroit quarterback couldn't prevent an eight-game losing streak to end last season. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

AP Sports Writer

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) -- Quarterback Matthew Stafford learned a while ago that he should be ready to accept plenty of blame when his team loses.

Over the past two seasons, Stafford has thrown for more than 10,000 yards, but he still faces questions about how far he can lead the Detroit Lions after the team's terrible 2012. Detroit dropped eight straight games to finish the season.

In 2011, Stafford threw for 5,038 yards and 41 touchdowns, leading the Lions to a 10-6 record and a playoff berth. He passed for 4,967 yards last season, but the Lions went 4-12, and Stafford threw for only 20 TDs with 17 interceptions.

The former No. 1 draft pick insists the pressure he feels now is nothing new.


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