Matthew Stafford’s golden right arm is an obvious asset, allowing the Detroit Lions quarterback to thread passes into tight spots across the middle or connect with Calvin Johnson in stride deep down the sideline.
Behind the scenes, Stafford’s teammates believe he’s just as impressive.
But with the NFL playoffs looming, recent history suggests the four teams in the field that did not win their division titles — the Atlanta Falcons, Detroit Lions, Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals— have legitimate reason to believe.
Zac Snyder got hooked on the Lions after his dad took him to a Monday Night Football game against the Los Angeles Raiders in 1990. The show put on by Barry Sanders and Bo Jackson that night was only surpassed by what Zac could do with Barry in a game of Tecmo Super Bowl.