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2021 will be a season of firsts around the National Football League. Each team will now play 17 regular-season games, and a small sample of players will don new uniforms for the first time in their long careers.
Two players who will wear new unis will be quarterbacks Jared Goff, who will now play for the Detroit Lions, and Matt Stafford, who will wake up to warm and sunny skies in the city of Los Angeles and play for the Rams.
Stafford probably has the most pressure on him, as he’s never won a playoff game, but he’s looking forward to changing that in Los Angeles.
Stafford is also looking forward to the Week 7 matchup against his old team, the Detroit Lions, a club that still holds a special place in his heart.
“It’ll be different. It’s something I’ve obviously never experienced,” Stafford said.
“I played for the same franchise for 12 years, so this will be a new one for me. Obviously, a bunch of great friends on the other side of the ball, an organization I care a lot about. But that weekend, I’ll be doing everything I can to make sure that we come out on top.”
Last season, Stafford went 5-11, throwing 26 scores with 10 picks, but he’ll have quite the Week 7 storyline when he dons the Rams uniform against his old mates.
Other than the Lions, Stafford has played every NFL team in the league at least twice over the years.