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Matthew Stafford presents unique challenge

The Detroit Lions come to town riding a three-game win streak.

All four of their victories this season have been decided in the final 2 minutes of regulation.

The man in the middle of it all has been veteran quarterback Matthew Stafford.

"Just from what I've seen so far, obviously very talented guy, very competitive, never thinks the play is over," Texans head coach Bill O'Brien said on Tuesday. "The game is never over with this guy. No lead is safe."


Stafford's thrown for 1,914 yards and completed 68 percent of his passes. He's tossed 15 touchdowns and just four interceptions.

But he's been at his best this season after halftime. He's thrown seven touchdowns to just a pair of interceptions in the second half of ballgames this year, completing 73.5 percent of his passes in that span.

Plus, O'Brien said, Stafford's effective with his legs. The Lions' signal-caller has carried the ball 21 times for 126 yards.

"Tough, scrambler, got a lot of respect for the way he plays the game," O'Brien said. "I think he's a heck of a quarterback."

Kickoff is Sunday at noon CT inside NRG Stadium.


The Texans faithful showed up strong in Denver to support their team on Monday Night Football.

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