Detroit Lions Rumors 2012: Matthew Stafford Is the Best Quarterback in NFC North?

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Aug 29, 2012 11:28 AM EDT
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Stafford, the No. 1 overall pick in 2009 for Detroit, showed what he could do last year when healthy, surpassing 5,000 yards.(Photo : Reuters) "

Matthew Stafford made noise in the NFL 2011 season as he, along with Calvin "Megatron" Johnson, led the Detroit Lions to a playoff appearance for the first time in over a decade.

Stafford led the Lions with a high flying aerial attack that was practically unstoppable. He finished the season with 41 touchdowns and 5,038 passing yards in the season. All of this he accomplished at the age of 24. He was only third behind in passing yards to Drew Brees and Tom Brady, who are already seasoned veterans.

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The Green Bay Packers are clearly the better team in the league in the NFC North, but could Matthew Stafford is the best quarterback in the division?

Being compared to Aaron Rodgers is not easy as the Green Bay quarterback took charge of the team after the departure of the great Brett Favre. He already has a Super Bowl ring and is only 28-years-old, turning 29 in December.

Rodgers is an efficient quarterback as he led the league with a 122.5 rating and most of all, only threw six interceptions all season long. He can practically do it all as the head of an offense as he can create plays and scramble. 

Despite Rodgers' greatness, Stafford is the better quarterback in the NFC North. He is forced to throw the ball more than any other quarterback in the league because the Lions do not possess a running game. Teams knew what was coming and they are still unable to prevent the team from scoring.

Johnson deserves credit for being a quality target, but Stafford hit everybody in the Lions' lineup. 

The scary part is that Johnson and Stafford are only going to get better as their chemistry builds and they play more and more games together. 

With more efficiency, Stafford could be the best quarterback in the league, but for now, we will stick to him being the better quarterback in his division. 

 

 

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