Lions HC Jim Schwartz insisted after the 37-13 loss to Chicago, and again Monday, that the reason for Matthew Stafford's four interceptions and 52% completion rate was the howling weather in the stadium, rather than the fractured index finger on his throwing hand.
"Is he 100%? No," Schwartz said Monday. "What affected him was the wind in this game."
"The weather is something that, if this guy's got a strong enough arm, it shouldn't be a huge factor," said CBS Sports analyst Rich Gannon, a former NFL MVP quarterback. "I mean, this guy can drive the ball and cut through wind.
"I think the finger is bothering him. When you start seeing guys wearing gloves and those kinds of things, it's something not normal for him. And you can tell it's bothering him a little bit."