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Wednesday, 04 September 2013 10:39

Stafford says pressure to lead is nothing new

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - Quarterback Matthew Stafford learned a while ago that he should be ready to accept plenty of blame when his team loses. Over the past two seasons, Stafford has thrown for more than 10,000 yards, but he still faces questions about how far he can lead the Detroit Lions after the team's terrible 2012. Detroit dropped eight straight games to finish the season. In 2011, Stafford threw for 5,038 yards and 41 touchdowns, leading the Lions to a 10-6 record and a playoff berth. He passed for 4,967 yards last season, but the Lions went 4-12, and Stafford threw for only 20 TDs with 17 interceptions. The former No. 1 draft pick insists the pressure he feels now is nothing new.