"They are always important," he said of the preseason games. "Anytime you play and put the uniform on gameday you want to come away with a win. I think it's important for the veterans to start fast."
The offense ranked 27th in the league last year scoring just 20 points on first-possession drives. The league average was 30.
In last year's exhibition opener vs. Cleveland, the first-team offense played three series. They went three-and-out on their first two possessions and left after eight plays and a punt on their third drive.
"It's something we didn't do a great job of last year and it's kind of a good little chance for us to challenge ourselves to do it now," Stafford said. "It's important to go out there and execute early."
Stafford told reporters after Thursday's practice that he's expecting to play a "couple series" Friday night when the Lions kick off the preseason vs. the Jets.
"I think he's been outstanding in camp," head coach Jim Schwartz said of his quarterback. "I think you do take it for granted.
"We have a couple guys new to our organization that come out to practice and that's one of the first things they want to see. He's been a very consistent worker.
"He's been very consistent in his approach and the way he goes out and practices every day and I thinks it's a great example, not just for the other guys on offense, but for the rest of the team."
The Jets featured the No. 2 passing defense in the NFL last year, allowing just 189.8 yards per game, so it should be a good test for Stafford and the NFL's No. 2 passing attack from last season.