It took parts of three seasons but Matthew Stafford has now played in 16 games, the equivalent of one full season. The combined numbers are heavily skewed towards Stafford’s rookie year since ten of his games played came during the 2009 season while his first “season” was completed with three games in 2010 and three games in 2011.
Through 16 games played, Stafford has completed 337 of 591 passes (57 percent completion percentage) for 3,779 yards, 28 touchdowns and 23 interceptions for a quarterback rating of 75.8.
Those numbers would stack up like this in the list of 2010 quarterback statistic leaders:
Completions: 9th, between Eli Manning and Tom Brady
Completion Percentage: 29th, between Kerry Collins and Mark Sanchez
Passing Yards: 9th, between Tom Brady and Matt Ryan
Touchdowns: 6th, tied with Aaron Rodgers and Matt Ryan
Interceptions: 2nd most, between Eli Manning and Drew Brees
QB Rating: 26th, between Sam Bradford and Chad Henne
There is little doubt that a full 2011 season from Stafford will produce numbers far greater than what he has accumulated through his first 16 professional games but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t done great things already.
Consider this: in back to back weeks, Stafford has led the Lions to the franchise’s biggest win of all time (the 45-point victory over the Chiefs) and the biggest road comeback in franchise history.
A come from behind win from 20 or more points down is impressive. In fact, it has only been done three times in Detroit Lions history. Matthew Stafford has quarterbacked the team for two of them.
Matthew Stafford’s first “season” has been good, but I can’t wait to see what his first full season produces.