Oh, let's just say a lot.
Hill, a former third-string Viking, is the backup QB in Detroit. Stafford was selected by the only 0-16 team in NFL history and brought them to the playoffs last year.
Suffice it to say, the difference between those two quarterbacks is like the difference between Hayden Pannettieri and me. If Detroit wants to get their 1-2 season back on track, beating the Vikings Sunday is critical. Having one or the other may well make the difference between making the playoffs or not – after all, the Lions have scored 41 points in a game and lost.
But this year, with Hill relieving the injured Stafford on Sunday, he has completed 10 of 13 passes for two touchdowns, no interceptions and a nearly perfect 157.8 rating. Stafford, meanwhile, has three touchdowns, four interceptions and a 83.5 rating.
As would be expected, Jim Schwartz wasn't forthcoming with the local Detroit media. In response to a question about an (alleged) MRI Stafford had (or didn't have) Monday, Schwartz effectively told everyone that the results were nobody's business.
"I don't have any comment on how anything went with him," Schwartz told the assembled media. "He wasn't able to finish the game. Shaun Hill came in and finished the game for us and we'll see how he (Stafford) progresses through the week."
The injury has been ruled by eyewitnesses as a potential hamstring injury. According to the Lions, what are you talking about? According to Stafford himself, something happened to "my leg" and "let's leave it that."
The unofficial moratorium will continue until Wednesday when Stafford faces the media. Expect two things: a lot of "next question" responses from Detroit and a full week of Vikings preparation to face Stafford on Sunday.
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.