Has Matthew Stafford become the top gun in the NFC North?

Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)
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Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
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Aaron Rodgers or Matthew Stafford?

As we look ahead to the 2020 season, Matthew Stafford is unquestionably one of the best quarterbacks in the NFC North. However, the question remains; will he be the best in the division?

Mitch Trubisky, Nick Foles, and Kirk Cousins are all battling to be the third and fourth-best passers in the NFC North. They are game managers, not game-breakers. They are capable of winning with the right supporting cast, but they don’t offer much more.

So it comes down to the same roadblock that Stafford has always faced; Aaron Rodgers.

Now all things being equal, despite Rodgers not being what he once was, he is still among the best quarterbacks in the NFL. His determination, accuracy, and ability to create opportunities still makes him a feared opponent.

But if we’re concentrating on the 2020 season, then Matthew has the advantage.

Rodgers hasn’t been given any receivers to help him in the passing game this offseason. Stafford has Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones, Danny Amendola, and T.J. Hockenson to throw to. Even the advantage that Green Bay held in the ground game to help open up the passing game has been diminished with the Lions adding help to their offensive line and the addition of D’Andre Swift to the backfield.

After years of Green Bay’s supremacy on offense in the division, if Rodgers was being honest, he would have to admit he wishes he had Matthew’s supporting cast.

Aaron Rodgers desperately wants to show the world he is still one of the best in the business, but the fact that he hasn’t been given any help beyond Davante Adams to throw to hurts his cause. It would be surprising if Rodgers doesn’t have a good season, but it also wouldn’t be surprising if Matthew has a great season.

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Between better offensive line play, quality receivers to throw the ball to, a ground game that should be productive, and having experience in Darrell Bevell’s offense, Matthew Stafford should be a legitimate MVP candidate.

The national spotlight will probably continue to shine on Aaron Rodgers, but expect Matthew Stafford to have the bigger season.