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When Matthew Stafford was picked No. 1 overall in the 2009 draft, he was expected to take the 0-16 Detroit Lions and bring them to prominence. In his third season, so far, it is actually happening. We all know the issues with his health, but when healthy, he is clearly a top five quarterback in the NFL.
Through the first three weeks, he has taken five sacks and 13 hits and has gotten up injury free after all of them. This offseason, Stafford worked the hardest he has ever been to shake the injury bug, and so far, so good.
The Lions are currently fourth in the league with just over 321 yards per game passing with nine touchdowns to only two interceptions. Matthew Stafford is third in the league with a 110.7 passer rating, behind only Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady.
The Lions are clearly a pass first team (almost 40 passes per game to 28 rushes per game), and without a running game, they set up lots of screens and dump offs to keep opposing defenses honest. Look for this formula to keep working and lead to more Lions victories.