Why Matthew Stafford’s 5,000-Yard Passing Season Wasn’t a Fluke

October 20, 2012   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford may not be putting up the kind of overall numbers in 2012 that he did last season, but at least he has showed his 5,000-yard season a year ago was no fluke. 
Through five games in 2012, Stafford has thrown for 1,493 yards, and his 16-game pace is good for 4,778 yards. Stafford needs to average 318.8 yards over the final 11 games to once again hit the 5,000-yard mark. 
His current per-game average of 298.6 is good for fourth-best in the NFL. 
A year ago, Stafford became just the fourth quarterback in NFL history to throw for 5,000 yards in a single season. His 5,038 yards were the fifth most ever, trailing only Drew Brees in 2008 (5,069), Dan Marino in 1984 (5,084), Tom Brady in 2011 (5,235) and Brees in 2011 (5,476). 
His 314.9 passing yards a game also set a franchise record.
However, Stafford has come under fire to start the 2012 season, mainly because his Lions are just 2-3 and Stafford's other p...

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