The Lions and Vikings enter their week three matchup with polar opposite situations at quarterback. Matthew Stafford has emerged as one of the NFC’s best in leading the Lions to a 2-0 start while Donovan McNabb has struggled in back-to-back losses as rookie Christian Ponder holds a clipboard. It is easy to say the Lions have a much better situation at quarterback.
I know what you’re thinking and no, I haven’t brought Captain Obvious on staff as director of content.
I don’t mean to rag on Christian Ponder or the Vikings’ decision to bring in Donovan McNabb rather than turning the team over to their rookie quarterback. This is about putting Matthew Stafford into a context that isn’t talked about enough. You see, Ponder was born in Feburary of 1988 while Stafford was born in February of 1988. That’s right, the same month.
While Christian Ponder is spending the first part of his NFL career watching the twilight of Donovan McNabb‘s, Stafford is in year three and putting the rest of the league on notice. The Vikings have questions while the Lions have an answer out of guys that are the same age. It is good news for the Lions and bad news for the rest of the NFC North.
Matthew Stafford’s injury problems will be left in the past with each game he completes. Then he can get on with being an exceptional quarterback at an exceptionally young age – because that is what he is.