I wanted to take a look at the top Passing teams to see if there was ANY validity to the argument, "Calvin is the reason Matthew Stafford looked good this season".
Now Calvin certainly didn't hurt, but when you look at the stats below, you can see that it can be argued that Stafford spread the ball to more people than any of the top QB's.
If you weed out the rarities and just count the guys who caught 20 or more in a season. Stafford had 8 go to guys. Rodgers had 7, and if you count Ryan Grant who had 19 catches, he matched Stafford's total. Drew had 7 go to guys and surprisingly Brady had only four.
If you want to delete the RB's from the go to guys, Rodgers has 6, Stafford and Brees have 5 and Brady has 4.
This tells me Stafford's stats weren't Calvin-heavy compared to the other QB's and their top receivers. I don't believe you can throw for 5000 yards while relying on one guy. There is no question Calvin is the best receiver in the NFL. But that shouldn't tarnish Stafford's season in any way. You could argue that Brady had Gronk and Welker. You could argue that Brees stats are padded by Darren Sproles. But why do that? Cant we just accept they are all great QB's?
Was it Detroit's fans zealous reaction to Chris Carter's WR ranking that put the spotlight clearly on Calvin making other NFL fans think all other Lions are secondary? Maybe.
To me, this peek at last years stats relieves me of the fear that I was rating Stafford with Honolulu-Blue colored goggles. I am not saying he is better than these QB's. But it is clear after this closer look, that Calvin was not the only reason Stafford had a GREAT, top five in NFL history, season.