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Matthew Stafford off to slow start for Detroit Lions

Matthew Stafford chose to focus on the positives after the Detroit Lions' 27-19 loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday night.

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He pointed out that the Lions moved the ball well against an elite defense. To Stafford, Detroit's biggest crime was an inability to finish inside the red zone.

Stafford accepted some of the blame himself, and with good reason. He was the primary reason the Lions couldn't make a statement in San Francisco.

For the second straight week, Stafford didn't look sharp. He left too many throws on the field, a mortal sin when facing a Niners defense that won't give you many opportunities to inflict damage. Through two games, Stafford has a passer rating is 73.2. He's already thrown four intercepitons -- it took him eight games to reach that number last season.

The Lions aren't built to win 13-10 games. Their secondary is like the Island of Misfit DBs, made up of other people's cast-offs. Because of that, the Lions need to be explosive on offense week after week.

That starts with Stafford, who needs to be better.

Follow Dan Hanzus on Twitter @danhanzus.

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