Sometimes talked about as a Hall of Famer because he has won a Super Bowl and is closing in on the top-10 lists all-time for passing yards and touchdowns, Matthew Stafford would have to get the votes despite at least one glaring omission on his resume compared to every other quarterback in Canton. Through his first 14 seasons in the NFL, Stafford has only made one Pro Bowl roster, zero first or second-team All-Pro rosters, and it’s been almost 10 years since his most recent such honor.
Stafford went to the Pro Bowl while with the Lions in 2014 for what probably isn’t one of his five best seasons other than the fact that Detroit went 11-5. Should Stafford get that honor for the second time based on what he’s managed to do for the 2023 Rams in spite of many predicting that L.A. would be closer to the number one pick than the playoffs?
His case is not so bad, but he and the Rams will need to have a strong finish to the season before voting is closed.
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The NFC names three Pro Bowl quarterbacks initially, before there are opt outs and someone makes the Super Bowl and is opted out for that reason, and we can lock up two spots already: Brock Purdy and Dak Prescott will be named to the Pro Bowl.
Of this, there should be no doubt.
Stafford’s real competition in the NFC is Jordan Love, Jalen Hurts, and ironically, Jared Goff. As a matter of fact, Stafford’s 16 touchdown passes ranks below such quarterbacks as Goff and Baker Mayfield, another former Ram who would have a better case than Stafford if all we did is look at stats.
Mayfield has a 90 to 87.3 passer rating advantage, 18 TD to 16 TD, 8 INT to 9 INT, as well as a higher completion percentage and passing yards.
But is Baker Mayfield having a better season than Matthew Stafford, really?
Stafford has made up a lot of ground in the last two weeks, throwing seven touchdowns and one interception in wins over the Cardinals and Browns. The Rams have also swept NFC West rivals the Seattle Seahawks, giving him an advantage over Geno Smith, a Pro Bowl quarterback in 2022.
Stafford ranks 10th in the NFC in passer rating, but is sixth in QBR. He is 13th in completion percentage, but has helped Puka Nacua have one of the most explosive and impactful rookie seasons by a wide receiver in history. Stafford’s numbers are not great and they haven’t been great since 2021, when he threw 41 touchdowns and still didn’t make the Pro Bowl for an eventual Super Bowl champion.
However, the Rams are 6-6 (6-5 when he starts) when most predicted that L.A. wouldn’t win six games all season.
Should Stafford make the Pro Bowl this season? The answer is not clear. The NFL had Tyler Huntley in the Pro Bowl last season, so that honor is not necessarily an indication of talent or value. Sometimes it’s just a matter of circumstances and I would imagine that Stafford would turn down an invite anyway. He doesn’t need to go play a fake game because of a meaningless honor.
However, when it comes to his Hall of Fame argument, it won’t be so meaningless. He’s on the verge of one Pro Bowl in 15 years. To make Canton without getting the respect from peers and the media that he usually deserved? Now that would be historic.
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