Stafford helps Lions throw away the past
By Tom Orsborn
Matthew Stafford believes his days at Dallas' Highland Park High School — one of the state's tradition-rich programs — prepared him well for the NFL.
"Since I was 14 or 15 years old, I've been playing on a big stage in front of a lot of people with a lot of pressure," said Stafford, 23. "You just understand it.
"... We were decent back in the day. We threw the ball around a lot, and guys made plays, so it was fun."
In that regard, not much has changed for Stafford. As quarterback of the Detroit Lions, he's still throwing the ball around a lot to guys making plays.
And with the Lions off to a surprising start, there's been plenty of fun.
Detroit will be 4-0 for the first time since 1980 if it beats the Dallas Cowboys (2-1) on Sunday in Arlington. It's a startling turnaround for a team that went 0-16 just three years ago and was 6-10 last season when Stafford missed 13 games, including a trip to Cowboys Stadium, because of two injuries to his right shoulder...
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There's no right way to do the wrong thing.
To compete for the playoffs, Dallas has to improve here: Only four sacks against Eli Manning over the past six games!