NFL: Ranking every quarterback midseason

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NFL: Ranking every quarterback midseason: 9. Matthew Stafford – Los Angeles Rams

This is where we have to start splitting hairs when comparing quarterbacks. It’s clear anyone higher on this list is going to be able to win a Super Bowl, and they can likely do it without that much help around them. We are in elite quarterback territory, and it makes sense that we start with Matthew Stafford. The former Lions quarterback was traded to one of the best situations in the league for a QB, and he’s predictably excelled in the position.

Stafford was one of the most underrated quarterbacks for a long time because he was always fighting through injuries while playing with an overwhelmed offensive line. Now, he’s surrounded by players just as talented as him. Cooper Kupp is quickly becoming one of the best players at his position this season. Kupp is making plays, and Stafford is getting him the ball at a ridiculous rate.

The Rams are one of the top Super Bowl contenders in the NFL. Stafford has at least three touchdowns in four games this season. He only has one loss through his first seven games in LA, which is a much different feeling than what he was dealing with in Detroit.

Stafford is going to build more chemistry under Sean McVay, so his numbers might get even better. Look at the Bucs last season. Tom Brady took half the season to really hit his stride, and then they were unstoppable in November, December, and January. Expect something similar to that from Stafford and the Rams.