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Stafford and the Ol' Gunslinger
Two decades ago, Brett Favre was winning football games for the Green Bay Packers with the likes of Darrell Thompson and Vince Workman in the backfield. That's about as good a parallel as there is to what Matthew Stafford is doing as quarterback of the Detroit Lions. What coach Jim Schwartz imagined would be a formidable one-two backfield punch of powerful rookie Mikel Leshoure and fleet-footed second-year back Jahvid Best never materialized, with Leshoure tearing an Achilles in training camp and Best lost after six games because of concussions. That's left the running game in the hands of street free agent Kevin Smith and journeyman Maurice Morris, who have combined for 624 rushing yards. Still, the Lions are 10-5 and heading to the playoffs for the first time since 1999 because Stafford and his version of Sterling Sharpe, towering Calvin Johnson, have been unstoppable down the stretch. In his last three games — all victories to end the Lions' playoff drought — Stafford has...
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