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QB Matthew Stafford was asked what he thought of Tom Brady's 517-yard performance against the Dolphins Monday night? "He played good," said Stafford, winning the weekly prize for understatement. "He does such a good job taking what the defense gives him and they were giving him a lot of one-on-one coverage and he was taking advantage of it." OK, but what were you thinking as you were watching it? Were you envious? Did it give you something to strive for? Were you a little jealous? "I didn't think about it like that," Stafford said. "I just appreciated it. It was a great performance."
Stafford threw for 305 yards and three scores Sunday, but he was far from satisfied. "I definitely missed some plays," he said. "The first one that comes to mind is the one where I got (cornerback Aqib) Talib to jump a short route and had Calvin (Johnson) in the end zone. We were at the 5 and I threw it about into the third row of the stands, I was so excited. I am my own worst critic. I thought I played OK, good enough for us to win. But there was still a lot left out there."
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Coach Jim Schwartz indicated they might have overcooked the pace a little bit in the oppressive heat in Tampa, but the no-huddle isn't going anywhere. "We sort of tired ourselves out," he said. "It got to the point where we had to manage our quarterback a little bit. But that's a big part of our offense and it will be a part of the game plan every week."
The Lions aren't taking anything for granted. The Chiefs lost their best defensive back in safety Eric Berry (torn ACL). But that doesn't mean the Lions will alter their approach to exploit that. "He's a great player," Stafford said. "I played against him in college and I've seen the tape of him as a pro. It's a loss for them. But this is the NFL and everybody can play. The guy that backs him up is going to be capable of making plays."
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