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Sean McVay: Matthew Stafford has been better than I thought

Mike Florio and Chris Simms share what they're most excited about in Week 7, including when Jared Goff and Matthew Stafford face each other—and their former teams.

The Rams obviously expected quarterback Matthew Stafford to play well, or else they wouldn’t have traded two first-round draft picks, a third-round pick and Jared Goff for him. But coach Sean McVay wasn’t expecting Stafford to be this good.

“He has been better than I thought, and I thought he was going to be really good,” McVay said. “I’ve been really impressed with his body of work and his resume over the course of his career. I think he’s doing a great job. I think the best players elevate those around them. I think guys are playing better around him. I think he’s seeing the field really well.”

In McVay’s offense, Stafford is well on his way to the best season of his career: He has a career-high 69.5 percent completion rate, a career-high 9.2 yards per pass and a career-high 116.6 passer rating.

And, of course, the Rams are 5-1 and among the league’s Super Bowl favorites. That’s not a position Stafford has been in before.