Stafford's day a sign of things to come?

Matthew Stafford went 26-for-43 for 422 yards and five touchdowns.
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Sure, he was playing against the hapless Cleveland Browns, but Detroit Lions rookie quarterback Matthew Stafford showed us something special in Sunday's 38-37 late-second victory.

The former Georgia Bulldog went 26-for-43 for 422 yards and five touchdowns, including the game-winning TD to Brandon Pettigrew with no time on the clock to earn 40 fantasy points.

Unfortunately, not many people will benefit from his great week as Stafford is owned in just 12% of all leagues and started in just 1.9%. Incidentally, his counterpart for the Browns, garnered 37 fantasy points with a 21-for-33 for 304 yards, four touchdown day. After last Monday's ugly performance, anybody who started Quinn this week must have the ability to move back and forth through time.

While Quinn doesn't appear to have much fantasy value, Stafford looks to have a bright future in front of him, particularly in keeper leagues where he, second- year running back Kevin Smith and third-year wideout Calvin Johnson should be the foundation of a good offense for years to come.

Two well-known, but until this week "fantasy irrelevant" receivers led the pass-catching crew - Terrell Owens (9-197-1) and Calvin Johnson (7-161-1). It was Owens' first 100-yard game this year and just the second for Johnson this season. Sunday was a great day for receivers with 12 in the one o'clock hour cracking the 100-yard mark.

Wes Welker put forth a great effort to lead the late games with 15 catches for 192 yards, but no scores. Still, it was good enough for 32 points and more in PPR leagues.

The receivers good day was at the detriment to the running game. Only one, one o'clock running back (nine games) cracked 100-yards - Ryan Grant who ran for 129 yards and a score.

On a side note, Marion Barber owners have to be frustrated with the scorekeeper in Dallas, who had 95 yards entering the final drive, ran the ball three times and although the scoreboard said fourth-and-five, was given just four total yards to end the game with 99 - one short of bonus territory.

The four late games helped show off some pretty good running talent with Steven Jackson (116), Tim Hightower (110), Thomas Jones (103) and first-time starter Bernard Scott (119) all breaking through the 100-yard mark. For Jackson, it was his fourth consecutive 100+ yard day and third consecutive week with a touchdown.

And of course there were two 100-yard rushers on Thursday night - Ricky Williams (119 yards, 3 TDs) and DeAngelo Williams (122 yards).

Five quarterbacks cracked the 300-yard mark in the nine early games, led by Stafford. Ben Roethlisberger (398 yards, 3 TDs, 2 INTs), Eli Manning (384 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT), Aaron Rodgers (344 yards, 2 TDs, no INTs) and Quinn while Peyton Manning, like Barber came up one yard short. Damn those scorekeepers!

Kurt Warner was well on his way to another 300-yard game, but after going 15- for-19 for 203 yards and two scores, was knocked out of the game after taking a blow to the head late in the second quarter.

Tom Brady did throw for 300 yards...again. It's the Patriots quarterback's fifth consecutive game with 300 yards-or-more.

Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Steve Schwarz at sschwarz@sportsnetwork.com.

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