Without arguably one of the best receivers to ever lace’em up, Matthew Stafford is leading the Detroit Lions to a winning record in 2016. Spreading the ball around, and—so far this season, more accurate than any point in his career. Maybe this is what happens when you are stripped of your security blanket. It forces you to put trust into a group of men you have to go to battle with.
The Lions are 4-3, winners of four in a row, after beating the Washington Redskins 20-17 today. Much of this game was defensive, with the score tied at 3 a piece at halftime.
Matthew Stafford was 18/29 for 266 yards and a Touchdown. The most impressive part of that stat line was no interceptions. Matthew hasn’t thrown a pick since October 2. Overall Stafford has thrown 15 touchdowns and just 4 interceptions, completing just under 70% of his passes this season.
This time last year Stafford had 9 picks and 11 TD’s. The Lions were 1-6.
The most underrated part of Stafford’s game this season is his mobility. The willingness to use his feet and pick up first downs. He’s currently 6 yards away from being second on the team in rush yards, and less than 80yards away from leading the team. [He only has 94 yards total, but I’m not sure if thats a plus for him or a bad sign for the Lions run game].
11 players have caught a pass from the eight year veteran, and Matthew is currently 10th in the NFL in passes completed (146), ninth in the League in pass yards (1,486), third in Touchdowns (14), and with his 106 passer rating — he only trails Tom Brady, Matt Ryan and Sam Bradford in that category (among starting QB’s).
The 28 year old Detroit signal caller is having a career year:
I can’t remember the last time I rooted for a team that wasn’t from Oakland, but considering the circumstances, I’m happy to be watching good football courtesy of my new host city. If Matthew Stafford can keep this up, we will be talking Lions in the Playoffs. I’m on the bandwagon early. So early I’m in the Drivers seat. Climb aboard.
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