Though this is all academic at this point, I'm going to make you all sad with this brief analysis of what our season might have been.
Right now, we stand at 3-10, looking at a pretty disappointing year. But suppose we change just a few tiny things. What might have been. I'm going to look at 4 games where I feel that, if Stafford had played them in their entirety, we would have won them.
Week 1: Bears. Pretty obvious, really. We basically won this game anyways.
Week 4: Packers. Perhaps this wouldn't have gone our way, but considering Hill's two picks and that we only lost by 2 points, I think it's very, very possible Stafford would have given us the extra score we needed to pull this one out.
Week 9: Jets. A game we were controlling until Staff went out, and we still only lost in OT. I feel comfortable saying we'd win.
Week 13: Bears. Another one that you could argue is a toss up, but I feel like we could have, at the least, converted that 4th down with Stafford, giving us a very good shot at winning.
Ok. you're saying, why bother with this? Simple. Suppose, if you will, that Stafford was still around, and managed to change the outcomes of only these 4 games. Let's look at some NFC North Records
That's right. Change these 4 extremely tight games, and the Detroit Lions are a first place team, holding tie breakers over both their rivals. We're that annoyingly, devastatingly close from being in the drivers seat to a playoff spot. How freaking depressing is that, guys?