Jared Goff starting to look like a No. 1 pick after best game of his career against 49ers

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There wasn’t much to get excited about based on Jared Goff‘s seven starts as a rookie last season for the Los Angeles Rams. Seven starts, five touchdowns, seven interceptions and not a single victory to show for his troubles.

But through the first three games of the 2017 season, Goff appears to have made significant strides forward.

Goff completed 22 of 28 passes for 292 yards and three touchdowns in the victory in what was certainly his best start as a professional. He also wasn’t sacked once by the 49ers, the first such game of his career. After not throwing for more than 235 yards in any of seven starts in 2016, Goff posted his first 300-yard gain in L.A.’s season opening win against the Indianapolis Colts and nearly reached 300 yards again Thursday night against the 49ers.

The Rams have already scored more points in three games this season (107) than in Goff’s seven starts combined from last season (85). The Rams failed to score more than 21 points in any game Goff started last year. They’ve twice eclipsed 40 points scored already this season after their 41-39 win over the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday night.

While the change in coaching staff almost certainly has made a significant difference as well, Goff is starting to show that he was worthy of the No. 1 overall pick in last year’s draft. If he can continue to play like he has through the first three weeks, the Rams might find themselves a playoff contender come the end of the season.

20 responses to “Jared Goff starting to look like a No. 1 pick after best game of his career against 49ers

  1. Rams fans won’t know what to do. It’s the defense that is the worry at this point. Have to assume that Wade figures it out.
    With the weak looking nfc west they have a legit shot at the playoffs. 9-7 might win the division.

  2. Just goes to show that people shouldn’t be so quick to make conclusions on rookies, especially those who had really crappy coaches. It’s still too early to see if he or Wentz will be the franchise QBs they were drafted to be. Other QBs had great first couple years but now seem to be one the outs. I’m happy for Goff that he was able to put together a really good performance on national TV.

  3. Says alot of Jeff Fisher offensive philosophy, coaching staff. McVay is th reason Goff is starting to succeed.

  4. Oh wait. I thought he was a bust. So he isn’t a bust after all? We saw him play 7 games last season and I thought all the experts were in agreement he was a bust. Color me confused. So, is he a bust or not? See, I figured, if the “experts” labeled him a bust, there’s really no return from that, right? I mean, how can you be a bust one day, and not be a bust another day? I guess I just don’t get it. Whatever.

  5. “…the Rams might find themselves a playoff contender come the end of the season.”

    Stop it. They beat the Colts w/o Andrew Luck and the 49ers. And they gave up 39 and needed a missed PAT to even do that.

    The NFC is awful this year, but they still aren’t close to being a playoff team.

  6. The Rams? A playoff contender by the end of the season?? Let’s not get carried away here, okay? Look who they’ve played so far. It hasn’t exactly been the top of the league. Wait until the opponents get a little tougher and we’ll see what kind of team the Rams have. They’re improving, but they’re not ready for a playoff berth just yet.

  7. Goff is playing so much better than I was expecting. I’m not sure if it’s Goff improving after a redshirt year, Fisher was just that bad or both, but it’s such a remarkable improvement.

  8. 1. A player should improve their second year

    2. Being away from Jeff Fisher has got to help

    3. Getting much better wide receivers has got to help

    I’m withholding judgement until the end of the year.

  9. I couldn’t watch either game, but did the Rams look better against the 49ers than the Seahawks did? Granted it’s a short week, but the excuse that they only beat the 49ers and the Colts only goes so far. Maybe they are a playoff contender in that division. The test will come when they play the Seahawks and the Cardinals. You have to favor the veteran teams, but at least based on the scoreboard, the Rams seem like the best team in that division so far.

  10. jimmyjohns01 says:
    September 22, 2017 at 7:44 am
    I’m sure Goff has improved over last year but doesn’t the niners have one of the worst defenses going into the season?
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    The Seahawks, a team some people are beginning to go to the Super Bowl, scored 12 points against that defense in Seattle.

  11. lukedunphysscienceproject says:
    September 22, 2017 at 8:46 am
    jimmyjohns01 says:
    September 22, 2017 at 7:44 am
    I’m sure Goff has improved over last year but doesn’t the niners have one of the worst defenses going into the season?
    —————–
    The Seahawks, a team some people are beginning to go to the Super Bowl, scored 12 points against that defense in Seattle

    —————-

    And SEA also only scored 9 against the Packers week 1.

  12. Okay, just wanted to get the rest of you clueless fans up to speed.

    Here are the NFC playoff contenders: Green Bay, Detroit, Minnesota, LA Rams, Seattle, Arizona, Dallas, Washington, Philadelphia, NY Giants (barely), Atlanta, Carolina, Tampa Bay, New Orleans (barely).

    If you don’t agree, you don’t know the definition of “contender.”

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