Meet our new MVP, Matthew Stafford. Well, we haven’t gotten to that point yet, but if the first game is any hint, it will definitely be in the mix. It would have been almost unimaginable to think of Matthew Stafford as part of the MVP conversation when he was with the Detroit Lions, with no intention of disrespecting him. But with an offensive line that could provide protection and an elite defense that can keep the offense on the field longer, Matthew Stafford has every reason to believe he can become the MVP.
Matthew Stafford posts MVP numbers in first game
Matthew Stafford was phenomenal in his first regular-season game with the Los Angeles Rams. Consider the pressure on him after the franchise chose to bring him in at the expense of its young quarterback, two first-round picks and a third-round pick. Imagine giving up Jared Goff, a player many hope will have a solid few years in the NFL, for a veteran quarterback well into his thirties.
If Matthew Stafford had such thoughts, he would ignore them and become enthusiastic. He threw 321 yards and hit 20 times on 26 attempts. All of his efforts threw three touchdowns without a single interception. Those are MVP numbers and it was reflected in his 156.1 passer rating.
The MVP case for Matthew Stafford beyond the stats
Numbers tell a story, but often with a lot of information. As phenomenal as his stats were, Matthew Stafford dominated every aspect of the game. He didn’t have a favorite wide receiver whom he aimed to increase his numbers. He distributed the ball and hit six different receivers for his total yardage.
For a team that seemed to rely on defense for victories, the Los Angeles Rams are betting heavily on offense this season. Head coach Sean McVay has been explicit in his demand for a more vertically explosive offense, and fulfilled his wish for Matthew Stafford to have an MVP-caliber game at quarterback.
With a good group of players around him and having made an unforgettable debut, Matthew Stafford must now set his sights firmly on two things: becoming the MVP and, as crazy as it may sound, winning his first Super Bowl.