Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford adjusts for bad Chicago weather
By NOAH TRISTER
AP Sports Writer
ALLEN PARK — Matthew Stafford zipped a quick pass out to the right, his timing and accuracy seemingly unaffected by windy, rainy practice conditions.
Detroit’s passing game looks poised to excel in the second half of this season, but there are factors the Lions can’t control. Such as the elements.
The forecast calls for clear conditions Sunday when Detroit plays at Chicago, but Stafford is never sure about that when on the road against the Bears. So it made some sense that the Lions were practicing outside in the rain Wednesday. Although their home games are indoors, they have four road trips still to come in the regular season, starting this weekend.
“I played in a bunch of games there. I played early in the season, played late in the season,” Stafford said. “You never know what you’re going to get. That’s how we’ll prepare.”
The Lions lost 17-14 at Chicago early last season and were held without an offensive touchdown. Detroit is 3-5 there during Stafford’s career, and he’s thrown for over 300 yards only once at Chicago, in a 37-13 loss in 2011 when he attempted 63 passes and was intercepted four times.
The Lions probably won’t throw that many times this weekend, but make no mistake, they’re still heavily reliant on Stafford, his receivers, and the offensive line’s ability to protect the quarterback.