The Lions' "Golden Child" had a rough year so far. Last season, he didn't suffer his third loss until Week 10.
He also threw 11 touchdowns through the first four weeks in 2011. Eight of those were to Calvin Johnson.
This season, Stafford is still putting up monster yardage. Before the bye the Lions were rated No. 1 in the NFL in passing yards per game and he was the fifth-rated quarterback in total yards.
He's only thrown three touchdowns, though, and none of those have been to Johnson.
So while fans and media wonder what happened to Stafford, the fact is he hasn't slipped that much. He's on pace to throw the same amount of interceptions as last season, and he's only 300 yards off the 5,000-yard pace.
He's also single-handedly responsible for Detroit's only win. In Week 1 he put the team on his back with under two minutes left and successfully led an 80-yard drive which culminated with him completing a game-winning touchdown pass to Kevin Smith.
For that, he gets the award.
If Stafford continues to play at a high level, and the Lions' fortunes change, he'll not only be in the mix for Detroit's MVP, but the NFL's as well.