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Don’t look now, Matthew Stafford surpassing Aaron Rodgers as best NFC North QB

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Oh, hello, thank you for coming. I see that I have your attention, at least for a second, so let’s get started with something that I NEVER thought would be written, especially by me.

Ladies and Gentlemen,  Matthew Stafford is well on his way to surpassing the great Aaron Rodgers as the best quarterback in the NFC North.

Wow, that felt really good to write. But the best part about it is that it’s the truth.

If you are a fan of the NFL, you know very well that Aaron Rodgers has been considered by many to be the best quarterback in the NFC North for some time now, and it has been well-deserved. The Packers signal-caller has two NFL MVP’s, has been voted into five Pro Bowls, and most importantly, he has a Super Bowl win.

But lately, Rodgers has been more average than he has been elite, and that is a concern for Packers, who have a goal of getting back to the Super Bowl. Dating back to November 15, 2015, which happens to be the last time the Packers played the Lions at Lambeau Field (Lions 18 Packers 16), Rodgers has completed just over 57% of his passes with 15 touchdowns and six interceptions while leading his team to a 5-5 record. For a quarterback who has a career completion rate of 64.9%, Rodgers last 10 games have proven to be very pedestrian-like compared to the best QB’s in the NFL. One of those quarterbacks is none other than Matthew Stafford.

Stafford, who has become a lightening rod for fans in Detroit, has quietly put together a 10-game stretch that even the best quarterbacks in the league would be proud of. In his last 10 games, Stafford has completed over 69% of his passes for 23 touchdowns and only three interceptions. More importantly, the Lions have posted a 7-3 record in those games and look to build on that in 2016. After struggling with accuracy over his first six seasons in the NFL, Stafford seems to finally be getting it and that is a great sign for Lions fans.

LAST 10 GAMES

Player COMP. ATT. YARDS TD INT % RECORD
Stafford 258 372 2,779 23 3 69.4 7-3
Rodgers 224 390 2,296 15 6 57.4 5-5

There is no doubt about it, those stats are very interesting to look at, but let’s pump the brakes a bit before handing Stafford the title of Best QB in the NFC North. Rodgers is still the man and until Stafford can lead the Lions to a division title, it will be tough to say otherwise. That being said, in the here and now, Stafford is on the rise and Rodgers seems to be on the decline.

What’s that you say? “Rodgers was without Jordy Nelson in 2015, how can you possibly say he is declining?”

There is no doubt about it that losing Nelson had an effect on Rodgers in 2015, but guess what sports fans? Matthew Stafford has been playing at a disadvantage ever since he was drafted by the Lions. He has dealt with inept coaching, an offensive line that has resembled swiss cheese, and absolutely zero rushing attack. Yet, Stafford has continued to improve and has shown flashes of brilliance on more than one occasion. He is clearly the leader of the Lions and his teammates will follow him as far as he is willing to take them.

When the Detroit Lions take on the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field this coming Sunday, they will be doing so with Matthew Stafford, the next great quarterback in the NFC North.

You don’t agree? Just sit back and enjoy the show because Stafford has had no problem with proving the haters wrong.

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