Matthew Stafford has 109 career starts. Dak Prescott has 16. They have the same number of wins against teams who finished the season above .500.
Days before Stafford begins his ninth season under center, he signed a five-year, $150 million contract extension that makes him the highest-paid player in the NFL, per ESPN's Adam Schefter. The deal includes a $50 million signing bonus and $92 million in guaranteed money.
In six 16-start seasons (started 13 total games in 2009-10), he's averaging 4,583 passing yards, 28 touchdowns and 14.5 interceptions. The numbers have been good, not great — definitely not better than most of the quarterbacks now looking up at him in the salary standings.
To be clear, Matthew Stafford has generally earned his mega contract. The "highest-paid player" outrage is ridiculous. He'll hold that distinction for maybe a year, if not less time, and he's brought stability to a franchise that couldn't beat a Pop Warner team a decade ago. As his numbers suggest, he's been good, not great.
Here's where he has not earned that contract. The zero playoff wins is bad — really, really bad — but this is worse: Matthew Stafford is 5-43 against teams who have finished the season above .500.
In 109 career starts, he has FIVE wins against good teams.
That is staggering.