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Battered by 49ers

Stafford completed 32 of 48 passes for 254 yards, no touchdowns and one interception in Monday's 24-9 loss to San Francisco. He added six yards on two rushing attempts and lost a fumble.

Analysis: San Francisco's defense flummoxed Stafford throughout the night and sacked him seven times, as the Rams struggled to move the ball on most of their drives and settled for field goals whenever they got any momentum going. It was still a one-possession game in the fourth quarter until Stafford's back-breaking pick-six, which was taken 52 yards to the house by budding defensive star Talanoa Hufanga. Stafford ended Los Angeles' next possession with a fumble, putting to bed any doubt about the final result. He'll bring an alarmingly poor 4:6 TD:INT into a tough Week 5 matchup against the talented Dallas defense.

Oct 3, 2022 8:13 PM EST


Quiet in Sunday's win

Stafford completed 18 of 25 passes for 249 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions in Sunday's 20-12 win over the Cardinals.

Analysis: Neither offense could get much going, and when the Rams did get close to the end zone they relied on their ground game to punch in the ball. Stafford had thrown at least one TD in 23 straight games to begin his tenure in Los Angeles, including last year's playoff run to a Super Bowl title, and he'll look to begin a new streak in Week 4 on the road against the 49ers.

Sep 25, 2022 5:23 PM EST



Rebounds against Atlanta

Stafford completed 27 of 36 pass attempts for 272 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions in Sunday's 31-27 win over Atlanta.

Analysis: Stafford led the Rams on touchdown drives for three of the team's first four possessions. He capped two of those three drives with touchdown passes of one and three yards. Despite the positive portions of his performance, Stafford also turned the ball over twice and was far less efficient from a scoring perspective in the second half. While the Rams walked away with a win Sunday, Stafford has thrown three touchdowns as compared to five interceptions across his first two games of the campaign.

Sep 18, 2022 8:12 PM EST


Rocky start in season-opening loss

Stafford completed 29 of 41 passes for 240 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions in the Rams' 31-10 loss to the Bills on Thursday night. He also rushed once for two yards and fumbled once but recovered.

Analysis: Stafford's final numbers were serviceable except for the interceptions, but the actual on-field results were much more lackluster. Two of the veteran signal-caller's three interceptions came in Bills territory, and Stafford also was under constant duress, as evidenced by the whopping seven sacks he took. His connection with Cooper Kupp -- who he hit on 13 occasions for 128 yards and a touchdown -- was about the only aspect of his play that bore resemblance to his body of work from last year's title-winning campaign, and he'll therefore have plenty to work on going into a Week 2 home matchup against the Falcons a week from Sunday.

Sep 8, 2022 8:37 PM EST


OK after elbow procedure, injection

Stafford underwent a procedure on his right elbow earlier in the offseason in addition to receiving an anti-inflammatory injection, but the quarterback reiterated a few days ago that he expects to have "no limitations" heading into Thursday's season opener versus the Bills, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Rams head coach Sean McVay had previously confirmed earlier in the summer that Stafford received the injection, which McVay described as a treatment method that was "a little bit abnormal for a quarterback." Schefter's report of Stafford requiring a procedure for his throwing elbow is new information, but the 34-year-old supposedly feels better heading into the 2022 campaign than he did at this point in 2021, when he played through lingering pain in the elbow. The injury wasn't apparent in his production, as Stafford tied his career high with 41 touchdown passes while averaging a strong 8.1 yards per attempt during the regular season before guiding the Rams to a Super Bowl title in February. Stafford wasn't included on the Rams' injury report leading up to Thursday's opener, and McVay mentioned that any potential management plan for the quarterback's elbow will be "no different" from 2021.

Sep 8, 2022 8:56 AM EST



No limitations for Thursday

Rams head coach Sean McVay said Sunday that Stafford (elbow) will have no limitations during Thursday's season opener against the Bills, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Stafford dealt with discomfort in his right elbow that required an offseason injection, but he's since returned to full practices and won't have any limitations during the season opener. Per Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic, McVay said Sunday that the Rams plan to manage Stafford's arm similarly to how they did last season, so it appears to be an ongoing issue despite it being labeled as an "abnormal" injury at first. When asked if Stafford could throw 50-plus passes Thursday, McVay said, "no hesitation."

Sep 4, 2022 1:35 PM EST


Back-to-back full practices

Stafford (elbow) put together another full practice during Tuesday's scrimmage, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Stafford also logged a full session Monday in what was termed a shortened practice. At the time, coach Sean McVay said Stafford would handle every rep Tuesday, which came to pass. McVay added that Stafford displayed "great energy, great command. Threw the ball incredibly accurately. Really activated all parts of our pass game." Stafford tended to discomfort in his right elbow this offseason, which followed him into training camp. The Rams and McVay don't seem to be particularly worried about the issue, but Stafford has rested at times and also had limitations on the field, so his ascension to all activity in back-to-back practices is an encouraging sign.

Aug 16, 2022 1:55 PM EST


Throws in abbreviated practice

Stafford (elbow) was a full participant in team sessions during the Rams' shortened practice Monday, Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Stafford first resumed throwing during individual sessions in practice last Tuesday after missing time this offseason while dealing with right elbow discomfort, per Barshop. Rams coach Sean McVay also said that the 34-year-old signal-caller is scheduled to be a full participant during the team's longer scrimmage Tuesday. Stafford's ability to participate in further team sessions would be an encouraging sign for his availability heading into Week 1 and beyond.

Aug 15, 2022 2:22 PM EST


Resumes throwing

Stafford (elbow) is throwing in individual drills Tuesday, Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Stafford continues to manage elbow discomfort after an offseason injection, returning to practice Tuesday just as coach Sean McVay predicted a day earlier. The 34-year-old QB has been in and out of practice throughout training camp, with the Rams remaining optimistic he'll be ready for Week 1 against Buffalo. There is some chance it's a problem for Stafford all year, potentially impacting his practice availability even if he's able to play in games.

Aug 9, 2022 12:57 PM EST


Rests arm Monday

Coach Sean McVay relayed that Stafford (elbow) not throwing during Monday's practice was planned, with the QB expected to resume throwing Tuesday, Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: As long as Stafford faces any sort of throwing limitations, his progress will be worth monitoring, but Jourdan Rodrigueof The Athletic notes that the veteran QB isn't too concerned about an elbow issue that he describes as "something that is irritating, at the moment" but one that Stafford is working through in anticipation of being ready for Week 1 action.

Aug 8, 2022 3:22 PM EST


Dealing with nontraditional injury

Coach Sean McVay called the discomfort in Matthew Stafford's right elbow "a little bit abnormal for a quarterback" Thursday, Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: McVay also confirmed a report from Ian Rapoport of NFL Network that Stafford got an injection in his right elbow this offseason, which likely was the reason he didn't throw in OTAs or mandatory minicamp. While Stafford resumed throwing at the starting of training camp, he took a seat from team drills Monday and will be capped at non-team work until Wednesday, Aug. 10 due to lingering elbow tendinitis. In the end, his goal is to be ready for Week 1, so limitations on the practice field may dominate his activity in camp, and he may even need to manage pain during the regular season.

Aug 4, 2022 6:05 PM EST


Bothered by elbow tendinitis

Stafford is still dealing with elbow tendinitis, and while he "did not get to a place he really needs to be" after an offseason procedure, the Rams expect him to be fine for the upcoming season, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.

Analysis: Rapoport says the offseason procedure was a "PRP-type deal" rather than a surgery. Stafford didn't throw at spring practices and had his reps limited through the first week of training camp, with coach Sean McVay recently mentioning Wednesday (Aug. 10) as a target date to resume throwing in team drills. Stafford is expected to start Week 1, but with some possibility he'll need to manage pain/discomfort during the season.

Aug 4, 2022 12:40 PM EST


Not throwing in team drills

Coach Sean McVay indicated Wednesday that he doesn't expect Stafford to throw in any team drills before Aug. 10, Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: That date coincides with the completion of the squad's training camp practices at Irvine, Ca. That said, McVay reiterated that he's not overly concerned about Stafford's elbow and that the Rams' goal is simply to make sure that Stafford is ready for the team's Sept. 8 season opener against the Bills.

Aug 3, 2022 3:23 PM EST


Sits out team drills

Stafford (elbow) didn't work in team drills Monday, Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Coach Sean McVay noted that the approach was taken because the QB is "still feeling a little bit of pain." Despite that comment, McVay indicated that he's not too concerned, suggesting that Stafford could push through the pain, but "that's not the goal with somebody like him." With that in mind, consider Stafford day-to-day until he's next able to fully participate in team drills.

Aug 1, 2022 3:31 PM EST


Moves past elbow issue

Stafford, who didn't throw during spring workouts as he dealt with a right elbow issue, has resumed throwing in training camp, ESPN's Sarah Barshop reports.

Analysis: In the process, the veteran QB has been able to begin building his on-field rapport with Allen Robinson, who was signed this offseason to bolster a wide receiver corps that also includes returnees Cooper Kupp and Van Jefferson (knee), but no longer currently rosters Robert Woods (traded to the Titans) and Odell Beckham (still unsigned). Per Barshop, as training camp has progressed, the chemistry between Stafford and Robinson appears to be developing, with the report noting that the two connected on a nice play during team drills Saturday, which resulted in the signal caller finding Robinson between two defenders in the back of the end zone.

Jul 31, 2022 1:52 PM EST


Not throwing during OTAs

Stafford didn't throw during Los Angeles' voluntary OTAs on Monday due to the inflammatory injection he received in his elbow this offseason, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Stafford said in mid-April -- less than six weeks after the injection -- that his arm was feeling great, but he'll continue to play it safe during the offseason to avoid any potential setbacks. Rams head coach Sean McVay said the quarterback likely won't throw at all during OTAs, but he expects him to ramp things up for the start of training camp in July, per Kevin Modesti of the Los Angeles Daily News.

May 23, 2022 1:23 PM EST


Says arm feels good

Stafford said Tuesday that he's feeling great, less than six weeks after he had an anti-inflammatory shot in his arm, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Stafford initially used a brace after the shot but doesn't need one as the Rams begin their offseason program Tuesday. He's surrounded by many of the same players from last year, minus LT Andrew Whitworth (retired) and WRs Robert Woods (Titans) and Odell Beckham (FA). The Rams signed Allen Robinson to replace Woods/Beckham, and they seemingly have a competent replacement for Whitworth in 2018 third-round pick Joe Notebook, who signed a three-year extension in March. It's a good setup for Stafford on the heels of his career year in 2021.

Apr 19, 2022 1:07 PM EST


Signs massive extension

Stafford agreed to a four-year extension Saturday with the Rams worth up $160 million including $135 million in guarantees, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Stafford still had one year left on his deal, but the Rams made sure to lock up the Super Bowl winning quarterback at a relatively affordable rate with upper-echelon quarterback play exploding in price over the last month. While Stafford will average $40 million per season over the duration of his extension, the move was made in an effort to free up more space for potential free agent signings according to Schefter. The Rams already signed burgeoning star wide receiver Allen Robinson in the offseason and have been rumored to re-sign Odell Beckham whose torn ACL in the Super Bowl could have him return to the field in November.

Mar 19, 2022 1:33 PM EST


Delivers in Super Bowl crunch time

Stafford completed 26 of 40 passes for 283 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions during the Rams' 23-20 win over the Bengals in Super Bowl LVI on Sunday. He also rushed three times for six yards.

Analysis: The veteran signal-caller culminated his first season outside of the football purgatory known as Detroit with a thrilling game-winning drive to secure a Super Bowl championship for the Rams on their home field. On his way there, Stafford had to navigate the absence of trusted tight end Tyler Higbee (knee) and the first-half exit of Odell Beckham, who suffered what appeared to be a serious knee injury of his own. Stafford had opened the game clicking on all cylinders while connecting on nine of his first 10 pass attempts, including touchdown passes of 17 and 11 yards to Beckham and Cooper Kupp, respectively. However, the entire air attack mostly fell into a malaise following Beckham's exit, with Los Angeles only managing a 41-yard Matt Gay field goal until a game-winning 15-play, 79-yard march late in the fourth quarter. Stafford turned back to Kupp, who the Bengals had focused on heavily after Beckham's departure, to spearhead the drive and capped it off with a perfect back-shoulder throw to his star wideout for the game-winning touchdown. The memorable finish caps off a wildly successful first season in L.A. for Stafford, who finished the regular season with his highest passing yardage total (4,886) since the 2012 season and a career-high-tying 41 touchdown passes.

Feb 13, 2022 7:21 PM EST


Comes up big in NFCCG win

Stafford completed 31 of 45 passes for 337 yards with two touchdowns and one interception during the Rams' 20-17 win over the 49ers in their NFC Championship Game matchup Sunday. He also rushed five times for eight yards.

Analysis: The long-suffering veteran finally punched a ticket to the Super Bowl in his 13th season, playing a critical role by generating his second straight 300-yard postseason effort. Stafford's afternoon certainly didn't start off on the right foot, however, as he missed an open Odell Beckham to end the Rams' first possession and was then intercepted by Jimmie Ward at the goal line on Los Angeles' second drive. Stafford found his stride in the second half despite having to navigate a pair of sacks and persistent pressure, connecting with his starting wideout duo of Cooper Kupp and Beckham for 20 of his completions, 255 of his yards and both his touchdowns, with Kupp garnering both scores. Stafford will now set his sights on trying to cap off a Cinderella debut Rams campaign with a victory in Super Bowl LVI on his home turf of SoFi Stadium on Feb. 13.

Jan 30, 2022 6:55 PM EST


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