BBAO: Matthew Stafford nears two records

We're Black and Blue All Over:

As we noted earlier in the week, the Detroit Lions' Matthew Stafford is 305 yards away from becoming the first quarterback in NFL history to produce back-to-back 5,000-yard seasons. (New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees needs 219 yards to do it as well.) It's worth noting, of course, that Stafford would do it by setting a record for the most passing attempts in an NFL season as well.

Drew Bledsoe established the record of 691 attempts in 1994. Stafford has 685 at the moment, which has already surpassed the 663 he threw last season. The Lions are averaging 45.6 attempts per game, and Stafford has at least 50 in his past two.

Speaking to reporters this week, offensive coordinator Scott Linehan suggested the Lions' offensive scheme will always have among the five-most passing attempts in a season. But Linehan added: "Generally speaking you don't want to have 50 attempts in a game unless that's your game plan ahead, behind or not. Because if you do, you're generally trying to catch up."

Continuing around the NFC North on the final Friday (!) of the 2012 regular season: