The Detroit Lions are 3-1. They are 2-0 in the division and since they currently hold a tie breaker over the Chicago Bears we can effectively say they are in first place in the NFC North. Since we know a football team is more than the sum of its parts let us take a moment to look at those parts individually.
We start with the QB Matthew Stafford. So far this season Stafford has attempted 100 passes and he has completed 61.1% of them so simple math tells us how many balls his receivers have caught, and we all know that more of a few of them were dropped by TE Brandon Pettigrew. Even after not looking as sharp against the Chicago Bears Stafford completion percentage is right about where his average has been over the last two years. Given his injury history and the lack of talent since his arrival in Detroit it only seems far to go back that far.
The more impressive number here is the 3 interceptions. So far in 2013 Stafford has thrown 7 TD passes to just three picks. Over the last two seasons he has averaged 17 picks per season. So far he is on pace for just 12. That would go a long way towards Stafford getting the credit he actually deserves as an elite QB. The problem there is he has but up big numbers on a team that has done little to no winning, especially in the post season. Fair or not QB's are judged on their post season accomplishments more than what looks like very big somewhat meaningless statistical numbers.
With 1,262 yards already under his belt Stafford seems on pace to easily get back to his 5,000 yard average over the past two years. We will have to wait and see what the presence of Reggie Bush and the running game does to those numbers but all indications seem to point to Reggie being a better passing weapon while keeping defense honest with his running ability.
There are no major issues with Stafford or how he is leading this offense on the field. He is a leader, he is performing, and the offense is productive. That means we have to give him a solid A grade