NFC Players of the Week: Is Matthew Stafford gearing up…


Matthew Stafford is our new MVP. We’re not quite there yet, but if the first game is any indicator, he’ll be a strong contender.

It would have been unthinkable to conceive of Matthew Stafford as a contender for MVP when he was with the Detroit Lions, no insult intended. Matthew Stafford has every reason to feel that he can win the MVP award, thanks to an offensive line that can protect him and a great defense that can keep the offense on the field longer.

Matthew Stafford posts MVP numbers in the first game

In his first regular-season game with the Los Angeles Rams, Matthew Stafford was outstanding. Consider the pressure he’ll be under after the team chose him over their young quarterback, two first-round picks, and a third-round pick. Consider trading Jared Goff, a guy with a few years left on his contract, for a veteran quarterback well into his thirties.

Detroit is dealing QB Matthew Stafford to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for two future first-round picks, a third-round pick and QB Jared Goff, per sources. Two former No. 1 overall picks trading places in the first blockbuster NFL trade of 2021.

If Matthew Stafford had any doubts, he dismissed them and went all-in. In 26 tries, he passed for 321 yards and 20 touchdowns. All of his efforts resulted in three touchdowns and no interceptions. Those are MVP figures, and his passer rating of 156.1 reflects that.

The MVP case for Matthew Stafford beyond the statistics

Numbers convey a story, but they often leave out important details. Matthew Stafford controlled every element of the game, regardless of his numbers. He didn’t have a favorite wide receiver to target in order to boost his stats. For his total yardage, he spread the ball around and hit six different receivers.

The Los Angeles Rams are betting big on offensive this season, after a season in which they seemed to rely on defense to win. Head coach Sean McVay has made it clear that he wants a more vertically explosive offense, and he got his wish when quarterback Matthew Stafford had an MVP-caliber performance.

Matthew Stafford was the best thing for Sean McVay and Sean McVay was the best thing for Matthew Stafford.

With a strong supporting cast and a memorable debut behind him, Matthew Stafford must now focus on two goals: getting the MVP and, as unbelievable as it sounds, winning his first Super Bowl.

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