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Stafford looks forward to getting back on track following the bye

Posted Oct 3, 2012

This certainly isn't the start Stafford envisioned for both himself and the team at the quarter point of the season.

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford plans to get out of town and let his body rest for a few days while on the bye this week. But he’ll never be too far from the game mentally, he said Wednesday, especially after the 1-3 start the Lions have gotten off to.

“Obviously you want to head into a bye week with a win, but it’s a good time for us to get away from it a little bit and refocus and get ready for a 12-game stretch,” he said.

“You get away from it but you also think about it quite a bit and try and find ways where you can get better as an individual, as a teammate, as a leader, whatever it is.”

This certainly isn't the start Stafford envisioned for both himself and the team at the quarter point of the season. Stafford has more interceptions (4) than touchdowns (3) after four games, and the Lions offense has really struggled to put the ball in the end zone in each of it's four games.

Stafford has been dealing with a hip injury over the last two weeks, so the bye comes at a good time for players like him who are dealing with nagging injuries.

“Everybody obviously enjoys the bye week for the physical part of it, being able to get their bodies back a little bit,” he said. “But I think it’s a good opportunity for us … mentally it’s such a stressful job and emotionally you have to get away from it sometimes and regroup and get ready to go again.”

When the Lions do get back on the practice field next Tuesday they’ll be facing a make-or-break portion of their schedule because of the hole they’ve dug for themselves.

Wins at Philadelphia Oct. 14 and at Chicago on Monday Night Football Oct. 22  can get this team back to .500 and back into the NFC North hunt. Losses and the Lions teeter on the edge of irrelevancy before November.

“When we come back, it’s all Philly and we take it game by game from there,” Stafford said. “I know guys will be excited to get back into the building and hopefully start a run.”

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