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Imported from Detroit

10/10/2011 - NFL Detroit Lions Chicago Bears + more
Matthew Stafford is throwing a remarkable 88 percent of his passes from the shotgun. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

There can't be a more deceiving stat in the 2011 NFL season than this: When he takes the ball from under center, Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford completes 75 percent of throws with a touchdown pass on nearly one-third of attempts. Let him get under center and get into his drops in the way he did at Georgia in a pro-style offense -- part of the reason he was so projectable as an NFL quarterback -- and Stafford is dominant.

Perception: The Lions need to get Stafford under center as much as possible.

Reality: When Stafford gets under center, teams barely know what they're looking at.