Matthew Stafford

Los Angeles Rams
Quarterback #9
Los Angeles Rams
Quarterback #9
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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

Masterful in playoff victory

Stafford completed 28 of 38 pass attempts for 366 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for six yards and another score on four attempts in Sunday's 30-27 win over the Buccaneers.

Analysis: Stafford and Cooper Kupp dominated Tampa Bay's secondary from start to finish, with the duo's biggest flaws coming in the fourth quarter on a pair of lost fumbles (the botched snap was credited to center Brian Allen). From a fantasy perspective, this was about as clean of an outing as you could ask for from the Rams' quarterback. Stafford has now scored three combined touchdowns in three consecutive games, the first of which came against the same San Francisco defense he will be facing in the next round. The dominant QB-WR duo saved their best for last when Kupp outran the entire defense and Stafford fired a rocket that hit his favorite target in stride to set up the game-winning field goal as time expired. Stafford will now move on to face the 49ers in the NFC Championship game, and his value should be treated similarly to this week, as the 49ers' secondary is prone to being beat over the top. If veteran left tackle, Andrew Whitworth (knee), is able to return before next Sunday, it will only boost Stafford and company's value after playing without the star lineman in today's victory.

Jan 23, 2022 5:14 PM EST

Notches three touchdowns

Stafford completed 13 of 17 passes for 202 yards and two touchdowns in Monday night's 34-11 wild-card win over the Cardinals. He also rushed six times for 22 yards and another touchdown.

Analysis: Stafford started by finding Odell Beckham for a four-yard touchdown to cap the Rams' second offensive drive. He then marched Los Angeles down to the goal line on its next series, which he punctuated with a one-yard sneak into the end zone. To begin the second half, Stafford found favorite target Cooper Kupp for a seven-yard score, giving Los Angeles 28 unanswered points at the time. Although that commanding lead as well as Los Angeles' apparent gameplan resulted in a more balanced offensive approach, Stafford was nonetheless very efficient with his play. Whether or not he's needed to pass more often in the NFC divisional round versus the Buccaneers, Stafford should take confidence from Monday's clean performance into that tough matchup.

Jan 17, 2022 8:40 PM EST

Estimated as full participant

Stafford (toe) was a full participant at Thursday's walkthrough, Lindsey Thiry of reports.

Analysis: Coach Sean McVay stated Monday that Stafford came out of the Rams' Week 18 loss to the 49ers with a toe injury. While he was seen limping at one point this past Sunday, Stafford revealed Thursday that he picked it up on a third-down pass to Cooper Kupp, according to Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic. Per the quarterback, his health is OK four days removed from getting hurt, and the issue shouldn't impact him during Monday's postseason opener against the Cardinals. Assuming he continues to string together uncapped practices, Stafford soon will earn his 18th start in as many chances as a member of the Rams.

Jan 13, 2022 3:22 PM EST

Dealing with toe injury

Coach Sean McVay said Monday that Stafford injured his toe during a Week 18 loss to the 49ers, Cameron DeSilva of USA Today reports.

Analysis: Stafford was seen limping around during Sunday's game, which inhibited McVay from calling plays like designed rollouts. In the end, Stafford put together a fair performance, completing 21 of 32 passes for 238 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions while playing all 65 snaps on offense. McVay relayed Stafford should be OK to play in next Monday's wild-card game against the Cardinals, but it seems as if the quarterback will be under some restrictions once the Rams get on the practice field later this week.

Jan 10, 2022 4:57 PM EST

Starts hot, finishes poorly

Stafford completed 21 of 32 pass attempts for 238 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions in Sunday's 27-24 overtime loss to the 49ers.

Analysis: Stafford came out of the gates firing, completing his first nine pass attempts and finishing 15 of 16 with two scores in the first half. The 49ers made adjustments on both sides of the ball, limiting the Rams' passing game in the second half and securing victory in overtime. Despite the loss, the veteran quarterback finishes the regular season with one of the best efforts of his career. Stafford will carry final totals of 4,886 passing yards, 41 touchdowns and 17 interceptions into the first round of the playoffs.

Jan 9, 2022 6:12 PM EST

Just enough to win

Stafford completed 26 of 35 pass attempts for 309 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions against Baltimore on Sunday.

Analysis: Stafford's game was far from clean -- he started slowly and lost a fumble in addition to the two interceptions -- but instead of just blame for Stafford some amount of credit has to be given to the Ravens defense, which played a strong game despite a number of crucial injuries in the secondary. The 20-19 victory took the Rams down to the wire, with Stafford throwing the game-winning touchdown to Odell Beckham with about a minute left in the game. Stafford has struggled to create consistent production with any of his pass catchers aside from Cooper Kupp, who was once again automatic (six catches for 95 yards and one touchdown on seven targets), so that's one area where Stafford could improve as the Rams prepare for their playoff run. The Rams face the 49ers in Week 18.

Jan 2, 2022 1:08 PM EST

Picked off three times

Stafford completed 21 of his 37 passes for 197 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions in Sunday's 30-23 win over the Vikings.

Analysis: Stafford struggled with turnovers, and his three interceptions led directly for 10 points for the Vikings. Despite also failing to throw for over 200 yards for the first time this season, the Rams managed to emerge with a victory. Stafford did manage to connect for a seven-yard touchdown with Odell Beckham late in the game to put the team up 14, salvaging his performance to some degree. Despite the poor performance, Stafford should be in a position to bounce back in Week 17 against a depleted Baltimore secondary that has gotten picked apart in recent games.

Dec 26, 2021 3:27 PM EST

Efficient in win Tuesday

Stafford completed 21 of 29 pass attempts for 244 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in Tuesday's 20-10 win over the Seahawks.

Analysis: This was a low-scoring stalemate of a game in the first half, but Stafford and Cooper Kupp (9-136-2) took over in the second half en route to the Rams' 10th win of the season. The veteran signal caller has really come on strong after heading into the Week 11 bye on a bit of a cold streak, averaging 282.0 passing yards with an 8:2 TD:INT ratio over his last four games. Stafford will attempt to stay sharp against Minnesota on Sunday, as both teams stand to gain a lot from a victory in that matchup.

Dec 21, 2021 8:13 PM EST

Rams-Seahawks moved to Tuesday

Stafford and the Rams will no longer play the Seahawks on Sunday, after the NFL officially rescheduled the matchup between the two teams for Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET.

Analysis: Due to ongoing COVID-19-related concerns within the Rams organization, the NFL is hopeful that by delaying the game two days, Los Angeles will be able to restore enough players from the reserve/COVID-19 list to alleviate depth concerns on the roster. After Tuesday's game, the Rams will face a quick turnaround for Week 16 with a Sunday game in Minnesota on Dec. 26.

Dec 17, 2021 12:45 PM EST

Rams-Seahawks moved to Tuesday

Stafford and the Rams aren't in line to play the Seahawks on Sunday, with the NFL expected to reschedule the game for Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET, pending official confirmation, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Due to ongoing COVID-19-related concerns within the Rams organization, the NFL is hopeful that by delaying the game two days, Los Angeles will be able to restore enough players from the reserve/COVID-19 list to alleviate depth concerns on the roster. After Tuesday's game, the Rams will face a quick turnaround for Week 16 with a Sunday game in Minnesota on Dec. 26.

Dec 17, 2021 12:14 PM EST

Throws three TDs in win

Stafford completed 23 of 30 passes for 287 yards and three touchdowns in Monday night's 30-23 win over the Cardinals.

Analysis: Stafford hit Odell Beckham on a two-yard slant to open the scoring for the Rams. He continued to find Beckham throughout the first half, taking a few tough hits while incorporating top target Cooper Kupp as well. To begin the second half, though, Stafford unloaded a deep ball to Van Jefferson, giving Los Angeles the lead through their 52-yard touchdown. He then capitalized on a Kyler Murray interception by threading a four-yard touchdown into Cooper Kupp, who he subsequently leaned on while leading another scoring drive in the fourth quarter. Now with back-to-back games with three touchdowns and no turnovers, Stafford has rediscovered some of his best form ahead of Week 15's divisional clash versus the Seahawks.

Dec 13, 2021 8:48 PM EST

Throws three touchdowns

Stafford completed 26 of 38 passes for 295 yards and three touchdowns against Jacksonville on Sunday.

Analysis: Stafford started the game a bit slow but got hot in the second half, throwing one second-half touchdown to each of Cooper Kupp, Odell Beckham and Van Jefferson. The strong finish allowed Stafford to come through for his fantasy investors in a favorable matchup despite the slow start, but it would be nice to see Stafford throw a clean game from start to finish as the Rams prepare for a playoff run. Stafford heads to Arizona to face the Cardinals in Week 14, an opponent he somewhat struggled against at home in Week 4 (26 of 41 for 280 yards, two touchdowns and one interception).

Dec 5, 2021 4:11 PM EST

Launches two long touchdowns

Stafford completed 21 of 38 passes for 302 yards, three touchdowns and one interception in Sunday's 36-28 loss to the Packers.

Analysis: News emerged prior to the game that Stafford was playing through back pain, a sore ankle and recurring elbow pain. The issues didn't seem to hold back his performance, as he launched touchdown passes of 79 and 54 yards to Van Jefferson and Odell Beckham, respectively. The performance was also his first multi-touchdown and 300-passing yard effort since Week 8. Unfortunately for Stafford, he also made multiple big mistakes, including his third pick six in as many games late in the third quarter, which put the Rams behind 36-17.

Nov 28, 2021 5:58 PM EST

Banged up heading into Week 12 game

Stafford wasn't on the Rams' injury report this week and remains on track to start Sunday against the Packers, but he'll do so while battling a sore ankle, chronic back pain and recurring pain in the elbow on his throwing arm, Dianna Russini of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Stafford is notorious for playing through injuries throughout his career and doesn't appear at any immediate danger of missing time, but it's somewhat troubling that he's still feeling banged up coming out of the Rams' Week 11 bye. In the Rams' final two games before the open date in their schedule, Stafford took a big step back statistically from what was shaping up as a potential MVP-worthy campaign through the first eight weeks. In losses to the Titans and 49ers, Stafford completed 64 percent of his 89 throws for a weak 6.0 yards per attempt and a 2:4 TD:INT. A matchup against a Packers pass defense that yielded 341 yards and three touchdowns through the air in a Week 11 loss to the Vikings seemingly represents a solid get-right spot for Stafford on paper, but the fact that he'll have to nurse multiple injuries while playing in cold weather in Green Bay could make the veteran signal-caller a weaker fantasy option this week than expected.

Nov 28, 2021 9:24 AM EST

Picked off twice in loss

Stafford completed 26 of 41 passes for 243 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions in Monday night's 31-10 loss to the 49ers.

Analysis: Stafford was picked on a deep ball to start the game, then saw a drop turn into an interception returned for touchdown on the next drive. Although more drops slowed him over the course of the game, Stafford also flirted with a couple other interceptions. Surely the sudden injury absence of wideout Robert Woods (knee) impacted the Rams' game plan, but Stafford has still struggled over his last two outings, throwing four picks in a pair of meager primetime defeats. Fortunately, Los Angeles now enters its bye week, which should not only give new signing Odell Beckham time to familiarize himself with the offense but also afford Stafford an opportunity to regather himself prior to facing the Packers in Week 12.

Nov 15, 2021 8:27 PM EST

Not on injury report Thursday

Stafford (ankle) wasn't listed on Wednesday's injury report.

Analysis: On Monday, coach Sean McVay relayed to Stu Jackson of the Rams' official site that Stafford was dealing with a "mild kind of ankle sprain" in the wake of Sunday's loss to the Titans. Stafford was dealing with discomfort at the time, but it dissipated enough that McVay mentioned Thursday that the quarterback wouldn't be limited in the first session of Week 10 prep, per Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times. Indeed, McVay's expectation has come to pass, giving Stafford every practice rep as the Rams prepare to face the 49ers' fourth-ranked pass defense (206.5 yards allowed per game) Monday.

Nov 11, 2021 5:00 PM EST

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