Matthew Stafford has yet to play a single second for the Los Angeles Rams but some people are already expecting him to have a huge campaign in the upcoming NFL season.

After a string of empty stints with the Detroit Lions, Stafford will have a much-needed change of scenery in the City of Angels. This could be the major factor why the veteran signal-caller will have a breakout year for the Rams. In fact, NFL Network analyst David Carr even picked him to be this year’s MVP, choosing him over early favorite Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs.

In a recent poll by, Mahomes received 16 out of 29 votes from NFL experts. Carr and Brooke Cersosimo selected Stafford to end up tied for third place with Tom Brady of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Josh Allen of the Buffalo Bills was behind Mahomes with six votes.

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Carr explained he picked the 33-year-old Stafford because of his seemingly tailor-made style for the Rams.

“I’ve raved all offseason about the Rams-Stafford marriage. The veteran passer is a perfect fit for Sean McVay’s system, and we’ll see the evidence all over the stat sheet. The longtime Lion will excel on play-action, tight-window throws, deep passes and under pressure. Stafford’s numbers have been great—elite, at times—throughout his career. But now, playing on a contender, he’ll finally get the credit he deserves.”

A pretty bold prediction from Carr. Especially since Stafford, who was traded to the Rams last March, has only been in the NFL Playoffs thrice since being selected by the Lions as the no. 1 overall pick in 2009.

Matthew Stafford will have his first chance of proving his worth for the Lions when they take on the San Francisco 49ers on September 12.