Stafford-mania is spreading across the nation!
- Last week, it was SI.com’s Andy Benoit calling Matthew Stafford a top-three quarterback in the league. On Monday, Bleacher Report’s Mike Tanier took things a step further in his “Monday Morning Digest:” (emphasis added)
With all due respect to young guns like Carson Wentz, right now Stafford is the best quarterback in the NFL not named Tom Brady. Others produce better statistics, but none do more at the line of scrimmage (except Brady) and accomplish as much as Stafford does behind an ever-changing offensive line with a minimal running game and an ordinary defense.
And before you pull the “it’s Bleacher Report” card, Tanier is more than a stereotypical writer at Bleacher Report (which is a way outdated stereotype, anyways). He also co-authors the annual Football Outsiders Almanac.
Stafford is finally garnering the national praise he has always seemingly deserved.
- Our friends over at “Good Morning Football” are at it again. Peter Schrager, who was at the Detroit Lions game on Sunday as part of FOX’s sideline crew, thinks that analysts may be overlooking Detroit, who has now won three straight games:
Are we overlooking the @Lions right now? @PSchrags certainly thinks so. pic.twitter.com/KnKOtOgGuK— GMFB (@gmfb) November 20, 2017
- Kyle Meinke of MLive puts together a good case on how Matt Prater is “criminally underrated” and one of the most clutch kickers in the NFL.
- Speaking of Prater, here he is breaking the huddle Lions’ locker room after their win on Sunday:
Nice, tough, hard-nosed game.— Detroit Lions (@Lions) November 20, 2017
Join the locker room celebration after the W in Chicago. #OnePride pic.twitter.com/Pz7jB15dQg
- Tim Twentyman of DetroitLions.com breaks down how Matthew Stafford was able to find a wide open Kenny Golladay for a 40-yard play in the second quarter.
- Matthew Stafford is a pretty good quarterback, just in case you didn’t read the title to this article:
Matthew Stafford is now 4th in the NFL for passing yards.— Kent Lee Platte (@MathBomb) November 20, 2017
3rd for TDs.
9th in passer rating.
All while having the 2nd most sacks.
While having no 100 yard rushers.
And a run game rated 4th worst.#ProBowlVote pic.twitter.com/Vj028k0YpJ
- Can you trace the Detroit Lions’ run defense problems all the way back to the injury of Haloti Ngata back in Week 5? There sure is some compelling evidence for that:
The Lions run defense misses DT Haloti Ngata.— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) November 20, 2017
--In 5 games Ngata played, Lions allowed 74.6 yards per game on ground.
—In 5 games without him, that number has ballooned to 153.8 yards per game.