Matthew Stafford has been in the NFL ever since he was drafted by the Lions in 2009. He’s been a familiar face in Detroit since 2011 after emerging as the starting choice QB for the Lions. He has started 149 games in the last 11 years.
Stafford had a terrific start to the season in 2019 but suffered a season-ending injury midway through the league. The 32-year old is entering the twilight of his career and is eager to make his mark in the NFL before hanging up his boots.
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NFL analyst labels Matthew Stafford as ‘MVP caliber quarterback’
Can the @Lions make the playoffs in 2020?
"As long as you have a franchise quarterback, you have a chance." – @BuckyBrooks
— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) July 9, 2020
In a recent conversation on NFL Network, league analyst, Bucky Brooks, gave his opinion on veteran QB, Matthew Stafford. “As long as you have a franchise quarterback, you have a chance. In Matthew Stafford, you have an MVP caliber quarterback.
“Because if you look at the way he was playing prior to his injury under Darrell Bevell (Lions OC), he was playing at an MVP level. Completed 64% of his passes, 19-5 TD to interception ratio, 106 passer rating. So, he was outstanding in that offense,” Brooks said.
Yes, Brooks was absolutely spot on with the stats. Stafford did have a decent 2019 season with the Lions. He threw for 2,499 yards and registered 19 TDs in just eight matches last season.
If he manages to stay fit this year, the Lions could be deadly in NFC North.
Can the Detroit Lions challenge for the playoffs in 2020?
Aggressive 🚀 and accurate 🎯
Average depth of completion (2019):
1. Matthew Stafford – 8.7
2. Jameis Winston – 8.6
3. Dak Prescott – 7.8
4. Ryan Tannehill – 7.5 pic.twitter.com/U07gCe8GiM
— PFF (@PFF) July 6, 2020
A fully-fit Matthew Stafford could be key for unlocking a strong Detroit Lions squad. Brooks is of the opinion that the Lions could very well challenge for a playoff spot if they repeat last year’s initial display.
“When you think about 4-5 new teams making the playoffs each year and I look at this division – Green Bay could come back to the pack, Chicago has issues at quarterback and we don’t know what we’re getting out of Minnesota Vikings. If Detroit Lions can get the 10, the magic number is 10, they absolutely can find their way to the playoffs,” Brooks added.