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After a breakout 2011 season, Matt Stafford saw his production drop across the board as he threw 21 fewer touchdowns, one more interception and his passer rating plummeted by over 17 points. More importantly, his team went from 10 wins to just four.
His regression is confusing for a number of reasons. Although his raw numbers would've been hard to duplicate, many expected Stafford to continue to improve and mature as a player at just 24 years old, but he still made a number of big mistakes and puzzling decisions.
It's also odd because Stafford seemed to have more talent around him this year. Pro Football Focus rated the Lions' offensive line as the third best pass blocking unit in the league, while both the wide receivers and running backs received much better grades than they did in 2011 as well.
Despite the drop in his raw numbers, Stafford also received a slightly higher grade from PFF, but it would've been hard for him not to given the improvements around him