Claim chowder: Lions are the new Colts

Reggie Hayes has become one of the better writers covering the Colts.  Hard to do when you’re not in Indy, but he’s earned my respect.  His latest article is a headshaker however when he attempts to compare the Detroit Lions to the great Indianapolis Colts teams:

Like the Colts first built around Peyton Manning, the Lions have a young quarterback with a seemingly limitless future in Matthew Stafford. His numbers in this, the undisputed year of the quarterback (sans Peyton), were phenomenal: 5,038 yards, 41 touchdowns. He’s one of four quarterbacks in NFL history with 5,000 yards, joining Dan Marino and two other guys who did it this year in Brees and Brady.

I love your work Reggie, but comparing Stafford and Manning is like comparing Matt Ryan and Tom Brady or Cam Newton and Drew Brees.  It’s not even close despite what the rules-inflated passing numbers say.