By: Will Burchfield
It’s no secret that Matthew Stafford has gotten off to a great start this season.
Through six games, the Lions quarterback has completed a career-high 68.9 percent of his passes and thrown 14 touchdowns versus just four interceptions. He has led his team on three game-winning drives and now leads the NFL in that category (11) since 2014.
Color one writer impressed.
“Matt Stafford is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL – he might be the best quarterback in the entire NFL,” said Peter Schrager on NFL Network’s “Good Morning Football” show.
Schrager pointed out that Stafford has succeeded despite playing behind one of the youngest offensive lines in the league. What’s more, he has stepped up with the Lions’ top three running backs on the shelf.
Ameer Adbullah, Theo Riddick and Dwayne Washington have been out for almost every minute of the last two games, during which time Stafford has thrown seven touchdowns, zero interceptions and lifted the Lions to back-to-back victories.
“Right now, winners of two straight going into that Washington (Redskins) game, Matt Stafford is carrying that team on his back,” Schrager said.
Since Jim Bob Cooter took over as Detroit’s offensive coordinator in Week 10 of the 2015 season, Stafford has excelled. He has 33 touchdowns to just six interceptions over the span, the best ratio in the league.
“I think Stafford, he has something about him. The top prospect coming out of high school, the top pick in the draft coming out of Georgia and now I think he could be the top quarterback in football,” Schrager said.
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Schrager is a senior writer for FoxSports.com.