LA Rams veteran quarterback Matthew Stafford needed just 56 seconds to move the ball 75 yards for a touchdown against the defending NFL Champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense. But that shouldn’t surprise anyone. After all, Stafford has thrown a 75-yard touchdown pass to DeSean Jackson, a 56-yard touchdown pass to Cooper Kupp, and a 67-yard touchdown pass to Van Jefferson.
Does Stafford have a measurable limit as to how far he can throw a touchdown pass? 110 yards. That’s the distance from the back of the end zone to the opposite end of the field’s plane of entering that end zone.
In the Week 3 matchup against the Bucs, Stafford probably missed at least that many or more long touchdown passes on the field. But it’s forgivable, as he is still in the process of learning about this LA Rams offense. And when he connects, holy mooley does he connect. It is an instant touchdown, a score that happens in one minute, two minutes. It may not do much to keep the defense off the field. But it does pile up the points on the scoreboard in a hurry.
If you glance at any listing of the NFL’s top quarterbacks right now, you will find that Matthew Stafford is among the Top-5 QBs in the league today. But a few things will jump out at you if you examine more closely. For starters, he is the only quarterback among the Top-5 with 940+ yards but with fewer than 95 attempted passes. He is the only quarterback in the NFL with nine or more touchdown passes but just one interception.
And his QBR is the only one in the NFL over 80. His rating? 129.8. That’s the best in the NFL. Check out this breakdown of LA Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford by one of the best NFL analysts out there, Brian Baldinger. You can check out his video here. Want more from Baldy?
Then check out his Week 4 prediction about the Arizona Cardinals versus the LA Rams here. Right now, a lot of NFL analysts are loving the LA Rams. But let’s not forget the front office and head coach Sean McVay himself, who put their reputations at stake to acquire Matthew Stafford in a blockbuster deal with the Detroit Lions.