Matthew Stafford Is One of 2011's Top NFL Quarterbacks

Adam DietzCorrespondent ISeptember 26, 2011

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 25:  Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions is chased by Chad Greenway #52 of the Minnesota Vikings in the third quarter at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on September 25, 2011 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Adam Bettcher /Getty Images)
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The Detroit Lions are 3-0, and Matthew Stafford is the main reason why. Stafford is playing like an NFL veteran, and is finally living up to his status as the top draft selection in 2009.

Here are his statistics this year compared to a few other of the leagues "elite" signal callers:


Stafford- 66.9 percent, 977 yards, 9 TD, 2 INT, QBR 110.7

Brady- 69.9 percent, 1327 yards, 11 TD, 5 INT, QBR 113.8

Brees- 68.5 percent, 1059 yards, 9 TD, 2 INT, QBR 109.7

Rodgers- 71.8 percent, 917 yards, 8 TD, 1 INT, QBR 120.9

Romo- 62.3 percent, 687 yards, 4 TD, 1 INT, QBR 108.8

I give Stafford the edge over everyone on the list except Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgers. The Lions 23-year-old QB has a completion percentage a little worse than Brady and Brees, and a comparable QBR to the others on the list.

As of today, he edges out Brady because of Tom's poor game yesterday against Buffalo. It was not technically a "poor" game as he threw for four touchdowns, but his four interceptions were costly, and two more than Stafford has thrown all season.

Rodgers and Stafford are the only two on the list who have yet to lose a game, and that puts them at the top of the class. Tony Romo has a good QBR, but has not thrown many touchdowns.

Here is how I rank them:

1) Aaron Rodgers

2) Matthew Stafford

3) Tom Brady

4) Drew Brees

5) Tony Romo


The NFC North is going to be one wild division to follow this season, and I cannot wait until the Lions and Packers face off.