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Detroit Lions NFC Championship Odds Updated – Stafford improve upon hot start?

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Per ESPN Stats & Information, in the past three years, since Stafford got over the injury issues that bothered him early in his career, the 6.2 TD percentage, 1.4 interception percentage and 3.0 sack percentage rates he has posted in ’13 are the best marks of his career. During that stretch, he has thrown more passes than Drew Brees, Tom Brady or any other NFL quarterback. The Betting Odds have listed Detroit Lions 16-1 Odds to win NFC Championship .

Betting OddsIf he stays healthy, Stafford could even do better as the 2013 season progresses due to a friendly schedule. Prior to the Lions’ Week 9 bye, they face the hapless Cowboys secondary, which ranks 30th in the league in terms of passing yards and touchdowns allowed. They also don’t get much pressure on QBs, ranking 22nd in sack percentage.

After the bye, they get more shaky secondaries with the likes of the Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Philadelphia Eagles and Minnesota Vikings. In other words, Stafford is in line to finish the season with career-best numbers. Things look promising for his team, too, as they have the easiest schedule in the league; their remaining opponents sport a 37.3 win percentage this season. At 4-3, the Lions could roll into the playoffs, if they can keep it together. The Odds makers currently have listed Detroit Lions 35-1 Odds to win Super Bowl XLVIII.

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Even though Reggie Bush has added an impact factor to the Lions’ rushing attack this season, QB Matthew Stafford continues to air the ball out as often as anyone. In fact, he leads the NFL with 290 passing attempts this season. He’s also second with 15 touchdowns. Going beyond the basic QB stats, Stafford is having the best campaign of his career.

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