Throughout his NFL career, Matthew Stafford has been one of the most productive quarterbacks in the league. Stafford has continued to rack up numerous NFL marks along the way, which has added another impressive mark to his resume in Week 7 action against the Minnesota Vikings.
Matthew Stafford’s first decade with the Lions
Since being selected with the first overall pick by the Lions in the 2009 draft, Stafford has been a reliable source of stability under center for the franchise.
Detroit may have reached the playoffs just three times with the Georgia Product, but he has continued to be one of the most productive quarterbacks in the NFL. Stafford has notched more than 4,000 passing yards, and 20 touchdowns passes seven times, respectively..
But what has held him back a bit has been his struggles with injuries and inconsistent lapses at times that have prevented the Lions from being a more prominent factor in the NFC North and playoff picture. Detroit has finished under the .500 mark six times and won double-digit games just twice with Stafford.
That hasn’t prevented the 31-year-old from racking up more all-time marks as he added another one on Sunday afternoon against the Vikings.
Matthew Stafford is the fastest to reach 40k passing yards
Heading into Sunday’s game against the Vikings, Stafford was on the verge of making NFL history again with his arm.
The former Pro Bowl quarterback broke that mark with a 36-yard pass to wide receiver Danny Amendola, which has pushed him past Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan for the all-time mark of reaching 40,000 career passing yards.
It’s the latest mark to add to Stafford’s resumes as he’s already the record holder for the fastest to reach 15,00 yards, 20,000, 25,000, and 30,000. He has the NFL record for the most passing yards in his first 100 career games with 27,890. Stafford has also moved up to being ranked 21st on the all-time passing list, not far behind a pair of Hall of Famers with Johnny Unitas at 20th overall with 40,239 yards and Joe Montana next after that with 40,551 yards.
Stafford has a chance to pass both of them either by this Sunday’s matchup against the Vikings or next week in the matchup against the New York Giants.
Lions’ outlook for rest of 2019 season
There have been plenty of ups and downs throughout Stafford’s career, with much of that centered on the lack of real success. It has also drawn much pushback about whether he is the franchise quarterback that can put them over the top.
The franchise has been unable to breakthrough in what has become one of the toughest divisions in the league, dealing with the likes of the Vikings, Chicago Bears, and Green Bay Packers. There has been a bit of an uphill battle to climb this season, but Detroit has shown some promise pushing themselves into the thick of the divisional race.
The Lions will need Stafford to be at the forefront of that charge, leading the offense with his arm. He has notched more than 300 yards just once so far this season while his passer rating has been above 100 twice.
Following Sunday’s game against the Vikings, the Lions still play Minnesota one more time along with a pair of matchups against the Bears and once more with the Packers in the regular-season finale. Detroit has their fate in their hands with plenty of opportunity to make a serious push towards the playoffs.
It will all come down to whether Stafford can lead them back into the postseason for the first time since 2016.