Matthew Stafford having best QB season in Lions history; MVP on the table

Night net Matthew Stafford is playing some seriously clutch and efficient football — easily the best of his career and arguably the best in Lions history.Stafford’s 105.7 passer rating is 10 points higher than it has ever been through his first seven games. His 7.94 yards per pass attempt and 68.0 completion percentage also are personal highs through this point in the season. MORE: Lions win, shut up Skip BaylessThe 28-year-old’s passer rating is five points better than any Lions QB through seven games since the 1970 AFL-Night net merger, which along with his completion percentage would easily be franchise-bests over a full year. After pulling off another last-minute win Sunday, Stafford leads the Night net with four 4th-quarter comebacks in 2016. But this is nothing new for the eight-year veteran, who has led four more 4th-quarter comeback wins than any other QB over the last five seasons.  PHOTOS: Defining images of Week 7 What’s most impressive is how well Stafford is playing within the constructs of Detroit’s current, uninspiring roster.We know one of the best wide receivers in Night net history is gone, while starting tight end Eric Ebron has missed the last three games and original starting running back Ameer Abdullah has been on IR since Week 2.The offensive line has not protected well, as Detroit’s 18 sacks allowed are tied for fourth-worst in the league. The Lions are on pace to allow the highest percentage of sacks per drop back during any of Stafford’s eight seasons.Since Abdullah went down, Stafford has had to work with a relatively non-existent running game to keep defenses honest. Detroit’s revolving door at RB has seen four different backs lead them in carries — the most of any team in the league — which has led to an ugly 3.9 yards per rush attempt as a team.FANTASY: Must-have Week 8 waiver wire pickupsThat’s where it gets interesting.Only five different QBs in Night net history have managed a passer rating above 105 over a full season despite playing in an offense that averaged under four yards per carry. The first four who did it all took home the MVP trophy that year — Dan Marino (1984), Joe Montana (1989), Steve Young (1994) and Aaron Rodgers (2011). Rodgers did it again in 2012, as did Peyton Manning that year, both of whom lost the MVP to Adrian Peterson and his freakish 2000-yard rushing season.That’s the entire list — just five of the greatest QB

s to ever play the game.So get those whispers started. If Stafford continues to single-handedly carry the Lions to a playoff spot while maintaining these pristine numbers, he could have a nice piece of hardware on his mantle by season’s end.