Originally written on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 10/11/12

DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 27: Quarterback Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions stands and talks with offensive coordinator Scott Linehan during warmups prior to the game against the Washington Redskins at Ford Field on September 27, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
At their best, Matthew Stafford and Michael Vick rank among the NFLs top quarterbacks, a notch below the elite-level stars. They excel in much different ways, with Stafford standing in the pocket to exploit a secondary with his rifle arm, and Vick scrambling around to frustrate defenses with his athleticism. Neither, however, has been living up to expectations early this season. Stafford brings the reeling Detroit Lions, losers of three straight, into Sundays match-up against Vicks turnover-prone Philadelphia Eagles. Which quarterback is going to snap out of it first? Stafford ranks No. 19 in the league with a QB rating of 81.6 while Vick is 24th at 77.8. At those rates, both of their teams are likely to be left out of the playoffs. Its a humbling business, Stafford said. Youve just got to be tough enough as a team and as a person to battle through it. Whats strange about Staffords performance in these first four games is that, statistically, he is comparable -- or better -- t...
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