Matthew Stafford has taken the gloves off

Matthew Stafford has taken the gloves off.

The Detroit Lions quarterback wore them in the last three games to protect the fractured index finger on his right, throwing hand. The results were not pretty. He was intercepted nine times in those games after being picked off only four times in the first eight games as the Lions had don a terrific job with the turnover ratio.

As Chris McCosky of the Detroit News reports, Stafford has denied any connection between the gloves and balls being thrown into the hands of opponents.

"They were all separate; they all were different plays," Stafford said. "A tip ball here, a bad decision there, a bad throw — things happen. I'm going to keep playing. I know the guys running routes for me and the guys blocking for me have a ton of confidence in me and I have a ton of confidence in them."

Now that he’s back to playing without gloves, at least that won’t be a theory to kick around if struggles persist.

"The finger is feeling better," he said. "It'll be different (without the gloves) — more normal."

Follow me on Twitter: @BradBiggs

Brad Biggs covers the Bears for the Chicago Tribune

Upcoming Games

Jan 24th, 3:05 PM

Tampa Bay +3.5 -110

Green Bay -3.5 -110

@

Jan 24th, 6:40 PM

Buffalo +3 +100

Kansas City -3 +100

@