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Imported from Detroit

Believe it: the Lions are giving the NFL something it truly hasn't seen before

Updated: October 10, 2011, 12:09 PM ET
By Trent Dilfer | ESPN Insider
Matthew StaffordRonald Martinez/Getty ImagesMatthew Stafford is throwing a remarkable 88 percent of his passes from the shotgun.

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.

Former Super Bowl-winning quarterback Trent Dilfer is an analyst for a variety of ESPN programs including NFL Live, NFL PrimeTime and SportsCenter (Sunday and Monday nights during the NFL season). He also contributes to Monday Night Countdown, ESPN Radio programs, and ESPN's annual Super Bowl week and NFL Draft coverage.