Matthew Stafford struggles ahead of Lions' Week 2 matchup with 49ers

NBC Sports Bay Area staff
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Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions will enter their Week 2 game against the 49ers licking their wounds. 

Stafford threw four interceptions in a 48-17 loss to rookie Sam Darnold and the Jets on Monday night, and New York managed to pick off backup Matt Cassell, too. Detroit gained just 39 yards on the ground.

If it seemed like the Jets knew what the Lions were doing, well, it's because they reportedly did.

Stafford placed the blame on himself after the lopsided loss. 

"I told those guys in there, ‘I'll take this one,' " Stafford said, via Lions.com. "I hope I never have to say that again. I don't want to do it. I'll push myself as hard as I can to make sure I don't have to."

The 30-year-old signal-caller was not sacked, but he was hit four times. He appeared to injure his left knee at one point in the third quarter, but he returned with just over eight minutes remaining in regulation. Cassell took over for good in the final two minutes.

Week 2, then, should feature two offenses looking to get their mojo back at Levi's Stadium. 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo completed 15 of his 33 passes in a Week 1 loss to the Vikings, and he told reporters Sunday that his offense has "the right mindset of ... watching film and bouncing back."


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