Reason IV: Stafford hasn’t had that his breakout game, yet
For Matthew Stafford who has nearly 1900 yards, nearly a 70 percent completion rate,16 touchdowns, and just four interceptions, it seems rather greedy to discuss his performances in the context that he has not yet had a breakout game. But, in all honesty, he really hasn’t. At least, not in the sense that everything goes the right way.
In six games, Matthew Stafford has thrown for more than 300 yards three times but has yet to throw for more than 400+ yards. In six games, he has thrown four touchdowns twice but has yet to throw five or more touchdowns in a single game. He has bested a 70-percent completion rate three times, thrown no interceptions twice, and not been sacked in only one game.
Now he simply needs to put it all together.
He is improving each week
Matthew Stafford has faced some pretty bad pass defenses this season, including the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Seattle Seahawks, and the New York Giants. But this early in the season, are those defenses bad against the pass, or have they simply suffered from facing the LA Rams passing offense, which has subsequently plummeted their rankings?
The Rams will find out more as the season rolls on, as the team will face more aerially-challenged defenses as well as some secondaries that have been playing remarkably stingy this season. But at some point, you have to believe that Stafford can throw well over 400 yards, five touchdowns, and no interceptions in a single game. He’s flirted with it at times, particularly against the Giants where he was pulled for the entire fourth quarter.
Stafford is only now feeling his way effectively in the Rams offense. Soon, he will be operating at peak performance, particularly after the Week 11 BYE week. When that happens, the Rams should be able to match up effectively against any NFL team, regardless of who they are or how well they might be playing.
Yes, we are seeing pretty good football out of Stafford so far. But his best is yet to come.