Even though he finished the second half of last season with 19 touchdowns and only 2 interceptions while leading his team to a 6-2 record, Matthew Stafford and the Lions continue to be overlooked to start 2016.
This is one of the most prolific young quarterbacks in history, who continues to etch his name in the record books right alongside all the other greats but no one seems to notice.
As a matter of fact, when Calvin Johnson retired in the offseason, critics and experts started digging the young passer’s grave, as if Stafford, who is one of only 5 quarterbacks to throw for 5,000 yards, had finally gone boots up.
The truth is Stafford is only getting started. Now he doesn’t have to give in to the pressure of forcing the ball to Johnson. He can go all the way through his reads and throw to whoever he wants to, which should make him even more dangerous than before.
He proved that by shredding the Colts to the tune of 340 yards and 3 touchdowns, even though offensive coordinator, Jim Bob Cooter’s offense was heavily focused on establishing the run.
Stafford took advantage of Megatron’s absence to get the ball to five different receivers at least 4 times and prove that he is the superstar in this offense and on this team
If Sunday’s game against Andrew Luck and the Colts is any indication, Stafford is going to need to keep lighting it up if his team has any chance to continue to compete with other high energy offenses.
The good part is, Stafford’s arm isn’t the only thing on fire. He showed a red hot determination to win as he scolded two of his receivers for not having their heads in the game on what proved to be the winning drive.
Stafford finally has the team, the coach, the scheme, the hunger and the focus to put to show off his talent…
And to put his money where mouth is.