Matthew Stafford simply picked the Green Bay Packers‘ defense apart to the tune of 330 yards to go along with three touchdowns. The Detroit Lions absolutely mauled the Packers 40-10 thanks to Stafford’s efforts.
It doesn’t hurt to have Calvin Johnson as one of your receivers, either. Johnson chipped in with 100 receiving yards and running back Reggie Bush had 182 total yards (more than the Packers as a team) in an excellent all around effort from the veteran tail back.
Stafford is the real story here. Is he entering the conversation among the game’s elite quarterbacks? He is piling up the numbers again. He already has almost 4,000 yards passing to go along with 27 touchdown passes.
He has every tool in the tool kit a quarterback would want with a rifle of an arm, touch, and an ability to scan a defense and find the open guy. The one knock on him is his gunslinger mentality. Sometimes he gets too greedy and forces balls in there which leads to mistakes and interceptions.
Stafford, at only 25 years old, is well on his way to becoming an elite quarterback. It is staggering the numbers he is putting up at his age. He may not get all the glitz and glamor that a lot of his other fellow young quarterbacks get, but he certainly deserves the attention.
Before his arrival, the Lions were a disaster of a franchise that couldn’t do anything right. Stafford has already led them to a playoff berth, and at 7-5 in the putrid NFC North they are well on their way to the postseason again.
Stafford is a major reason for the turnaround of this franchise. For that reason alone he deserves to be in the conversation among the game’s elite.