There is no evidence that Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford is in decline despite having five interceptions in the NFL.
As per Yahoo! Sports, Rams coach Sean McVay said Wednesday about interceptions, “You want to have them at a minimum, but you also want to make sure that he can compete at a high level.”
It’s a small sample size, but Stafford is still making smart passing decisions. As a quarterback with at least 25 pass attempts, his completion percentage is the fourth best in the NFL (72.7 percent).
The 34-year-old quarterback completed 27-of-36 passes for 272 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions in Week 2 against the Atlanta Falcons (1-1). Among the 13 quarterbacks who broke 100 in Week 2, he had a passer rating of 100.7.
Stafford led all quarterbacks in picks (17) in 2021. However, he threw 601 passes and had an interception percentage of 2.8 percent, which is not excessively high. Josh Allen’s interception percentage in 2021 was 2.3. Patrick Mahomes of Kansas City had 2 interceptions and Tom Brady of Tampa Bay had 1.
The Bills, ranked No. 1 in ESPN’s power rankings, intercepted Stafford three times in Week 1, but Buffalo has one of the league’s best defenses. Week 2, the Bills dominated the Titans and quarterback Ryan Tannehill, limiting him to 123 yards passing and two interceptions.
Sunday’s matchup against the Cardinals (1-1) should be easier for Stafford in Week 3. As a team, Arizona has allowed 604 passing yards this season and hasn’t intercepted a pass.