Tuesday, December 27, 2011

After reading this, it's difficult to dispute Lions QB Matthew Stafford doesn't rank among the truly elite

At 23, Matthew Stafford hasn't only shattered the Lions' record book, but his 2011 season statistically could put him among the NFL's truly elite quarterbacks.
He is averaging 301 yards per game passing and thrown for 4,518 yards so far. If he passes for 282 yards in Sunday's season finale at Green Bay, Stafford will become only the fifth quarterback in NFL history to throw for 4,800 yards or more in a season. The others: Drew Brees, Dan Marino, Tom Brady, Kurt Warner and Dan Fouts. It's notable because those are all QBs, who are either in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, or most certainly will be one day. It's also notable by the QBs who haven't thrown for that many yards in a season, Brett Farve, Peyton Manning and John Elway - and so many other truly great QBs. Aaron Rodgers and Eli Manning also have legitimate shots of getting into the elite 4,800-yard single-season passing club this season.
As for touchdown passes, if Stafford throws two on Sunday, he will become only the ninth QB in NFL history to throw 38 or more touchdown passes in a season. The others: Brady, Peyton Manning, Marino, Rodgers, Warner, Brees, Farve and Daunte Culpepper. Of that group, only Culpepper doesn't seem likely to be enshrined in Pro Football's Hall of Fame someday.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

And you know what is interesting? He gets no mention on the supposed great analysts on ESPN, sunday NFL programs, etc.

One of top QB ratings, 63% passing accuracy, etc. And he's kinda pressured but O line is doing pretty good this year.

And he spreads the ball around to 5-6 receivers. Have to give kudos to Linehan.

12:44 PM 
Anonymous Michael C said...

While that is amazing -- and Stafford certainly does seem to be on his way to becoming truly elite -- you have to think that some of that is because the game has become more passing friendly than ever.

Despite that fact Stafford is 5th in passing yards this year! To go from only 4 guys ever doing it to possibly 5 guys doing it in one season, that has to tell you that the game has changed.

1:18 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It has been a real joy to watch the progression of Stafford this season right on top of JV doing the same thing for the Tigers. We have right here in Detroit possibly the best arm in baseball and the best in football.

Plus a little known fact (I think)...the last time the Tigers and Lions both qualified for the postseason in the same year was 1934.

Just think of how much fun it could be here for the next 10 years.

8:47 PM 

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