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Author: Jon Kuzma
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There’s no doubt that it’s easy to overlook Matthew Stafford because he plays for Detroit. The Lions have traditionally struggled and often times their quarterback had to shoulder the blame for those shortcomings. But something has changed in Stafford this year. This guy has always checked all of the boxes when we’re talking about the things that make up an NFL quarterback. His arm is one of the best in the league, he can make every throw on the field, and at 6’3” 220 pounds you couldn’t ask for someone with better size.
However where Stafford has struggled at times is with his decision making. It’s those intangibles that he needed to work on and being a smart quarterback is what makes players like Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers so successful. It seems like Stafford is finally understanding this as well because he’s done a remarkable job so far of protecting the football. With 16 touchdowns and only 4 interceptions in 2019 Stafford is giving the Lions a chance because Detroit doesn’t beat themselves anymore. Turnovers are the quickest way to unravel and Stafford has improved so much in this phase of the game. Because this guy is choosing not to force some of his throws it’s also led him to his highest quarterback rating ever (105). If Detroit had a better record Stafford would be in the conversation for MVP but we still can’t disregard how good he’s been. Right now the 31 year old gunslinger is dialed in.
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Despite being overlooked. Matthew Stafford is still having an MVP worthy season: