Matthew Stafford likes to throw the ball. The Detroit Lions’ quarterback broke the record for single-season pass attempts today against the Chicago Bears.
According to Sports Illustrated, Stafford threw his 692nd pass in the first quarter of the Lions game against the Chicago Bears. The pass broke Drew Bledsoe’s record of 691 passes from 1994.
The Lion’s leaned heavily on Stafford’s arm this season. Wide receiver Calvin Johnson was having a record-breaking season and the Lions didn’t have a strong running game so the ball frequently ended up in Stafford’s hands.
And that turned out to be a good thing.
The young quarterback helped Johnson grab 1,964 yards, the most by a receiver in NFL history, and he completed 60 percent of his passes.
According to SB Nation, Stafford is used to throwing the ball a lot during the season. In 2011 he threw 663 passes.
But the single season pass attempts record isn’t the only one to fall at Stafford’s hands this year. The young quarterback set a franchise record last week by throwing his 1,090th completion.
Stafford is only 24-years-old and he’s only been on the Lions for four years. If Detroit keeps letting their QB throw close to 700 passes a season, and if Calvin Johnson continues to run down field, Stafford could break quite a few more records in his career.