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Stafford Stats Stand Strong

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 take a look at total players thrown to, Stafford threw the ball to 15 different players in 2011. Aaron Rodgers threw to 15 as well. Drew Brees threw to 13 and Tom Brady threw to 12.

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.

RECEIVING STATISTICS
Player Rec Yds Yds/Rec Long TD
Jordy Nelson 68 1263 18.6 93 15
Greg Jennings 67 949 14.2 79 9
Jermichael Finley 55 767 13.9 41 8
James Jones 38 635 16.7 70 7
Donald Driver 37 445 12.0 35 6
James Starks 29 216 7.4 17 0
Randall Cobb 25 375 15.0 61 1
Ryan Grant 19 268 14.1 80 1
John Kuhn 15 77 5.1 11 2
Brandon Saine 10 69 6.9 22 0
Tom Crabtree 6 38 6.3 15 1
Andrew Quarless 3 36 12.0 21 0
D.J. Williams 2 13 6.5 7 0
Alex Green 1 6 6.0 6 0
Ryan Taylor 1 4 4.0 4 1

RECEIVING STATISTICS
Player Rec Yds Yds/Rec Long TD
Wes Welker 122 1569 12.9 99 9
Rob Gronkowski 90 1327 14.7 52 17
Aaron Hernandez 79 910 11.5 46 7
Deion Branch 51 702 13.8 63 5
Danny Woodhead 18 157 8.7 16 0
Chad Ochocinco 15 276 18.4 53 1
BenJarvus Green-Ellis 9 159 17.7 53 0
Kevin Faulk 7 34 4.9 18 0
Julian Edelman 4 34 8.5 11 0
Tiquan Underwood 3 30 10.0 13 0
Stevan Ridley 3 13 4.3 8 0
Matthew Slater 1 46 46.0 46 0

RECEIVING STATISTICS
Player Rec Yds Yds/Rec Long TD
Jimmy Graham 99 1310 13.2 59 11
Darren Sproles 86 710 8.3 39 7
Marques Colston 80 1143 14.3 50 8
Lance Moore 52 627 12.1 47 8
Pierre Thomas 50 425 8.5 57 1
Robert Meachem 40 620 15.5 67 6
Devery Henderson 32 503 15.7 79 2
Jed Collins 11 50 4.5 14 2
Mark Ingram 11 46 4.2 9 0
David Thomas 5 16 3.2 8 0
John Gilmore 3 20 6.7 9 1
Adrian Arrington 2 31 15.5 17 0
Mike Higgins 1 4 4.0 4 0
RECEIVING STATISTICS
Player Rec Yds Yds/Rec Long TD
Calvin Johnson 96 1681 17.5 73 16
Brandon Pettigrew 83 777 9.4 27 5
Nate Burleson 73 757 10.4 47 3
Titus Young 48 607 12.6 57 6
Jahvid Best 27 287 10.6 60 1
Tony Scheffler 26 347 13.3 36 6
Maurice Morris 26 230 8.8 16 1
Kevin Smith 22 179 8.1 28 3
Keiland Williams 8 62 7.8 12 0
Will Heller 6 42 7.0 12 0
Rashied Davis 4 63 15.8 22 0
Stefan Logan 1 19 19.0 19 0
Aaron Brown 1 9 9.0 9 0
Maurice Stovall 1 8 8.0 8 0
Jerome Harrison 1 3 3.0 3 0

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Pride Of Detroit or its writers.

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