Stafford struggles playing with broken finger, blames wind

The best thing Matthew Stafford can say is at least he wasn’t injured this time he visited Soldier Field.

The Detroit Lions quarterback suffered a dislocated knee cap on a hit during his rookie season in 2009 against the Bears in Chicago. Last season, a hit from Julius Peppers in the season opener separated his right, throwing shoulder.

This time, Stafford got out with only a pre-existing injury after a brutal 37-13 loss. Playing with a fractured index finger on his right hand, Stafford threw four interceptions and two of them were returned for touchdowns. He completed only 33 of 63 passes for 329 yards and has a meager passer rating of 46.3.

“I think wind more than anything (affected him),” Stafford said. “We just put ourselves in a tough spot. We had to come back in the second half and throw the ball, try to get back in the game. The wind was throwing the ball around. They had a tough time throwing it, we had a tough time throwing it. Just part of it. We can't put ourselves behind early like we did and expect to come back.”

Stafford acknowledged the broken finger but said “it’s not that bad.” He was wearing a glove to protect the hand and that could have affected the grip he had on the ball.

“I felt fine with it,” Stafford said. “I feel like I made some good throws and some tough throws so it.”

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