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Detroit Lions get much-needed win after week of upheaval

DETROIT — The Detroit Lions wrapped up a turbulent week with an important victory — thanks to another sharp performance by Matthew Stafford.
Stafford threw an ill-advised pass early on that was intercepted, but he played well the rest of the way, throwing for 342 yards and three touchdowns in Sunday’s 31-26 victory over the New York Giants. Stafford has bounced back pretty well from a disappointing 2018. In fact, his passer rating of 105.3 now is higher than any passing rating he’s had for a full season.
Stafford has 16 touchdown passes and only four interceptions.
“He is just a competitive, competitive guy. He always wants to be the best, and he’s great,” coach Matt Patricia said. “He works really hard, he’s competitive, he’s tough, he’s grinding it out every single day.”
The Lions had three losses in a row, and last Tuesday, announced second-year running back Kerryon Johnson was going on injured reserve with a knee injury. The same day, Detroit traded defensive back Quandre Diggs to Seattle.
The Lions fell out of contention last year after trading receiver Golden Tate, and they certainly seemed to be heading in the wrong direction again going into the game against the Giants. But New York was a vulnerable opponent, and the Lions were playing at home. Detroit handed the Giants their fourth straight loss.