The Detroit Lions have had the same all-time leading passer on their history books since Bobby Layne took over the top spot from Clyde LeForce during the 1951 season. Layne went on to throw for 15,710 yards as a Lions, good enough to stands as the franchise’s top career mark from the time he left the Lions in 1958 to today.
Matthew Stafford entered today’s game with the Chicago Bears with 15,424 yards in his Lions career, putting him withing striking distance. With the Lions running the ball effectively and Stafford not at his sharpest, he ends the day just 68 yards from overtaking Layne.
Barring a catastrophic early injury next week in Pittsburgh, Matthew Stafford should return home to take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the Lions all-time leading passer.
Today’s numbers moved Stafford into 128th on the NFL’s all-time leading passer list. Next up is none other than Scott Mitchell by just 49 yards.