The Jared Goff who endeared himself to Rams fans appears to be back.
Although Goff, the former No. 1 overall pick, isn’t shredding defenses like he did during the Rams’ Super Bowl run two seasons ago, that could be good news.
Jared Goff had a mixed 2019 season
Fantasy football owners were likely pleased with Jared Goff in 2019, a year that saw him throw for 4,638 yards and 22 touchdowns.
Unfortunately for the Rams, Goff’s 16 interceptions contributed to the team’s 9-7 finish. According to Pro-Football-Reference, Goff ended 2019 as the 13th-best fantasy football quarterback.
Although Goff signed a major extension last year that will tentatively keep him in Los Angeles through 2023, the down season — coupled with his mediocre playoff performances the year before — raised questions about how effective he would be in the future.
Goff has looked good to start 2020
Through two games, it has been so far, so good for Jared Goff and the Los Angeles Rams.
Although Goff didn’t throw an interception in Week 1, he effectively managed the game in a 20-17 victory over Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys. Goff completed 20 of 31 passes for 275 yards in that game.
Facing an injury-plagued Eagles team on the road, Goff looked like his old self in Week 2. Goff completed 20 of his 27 passes for 267 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions in a 37-19 victory.
For all of Goff’s turnovers last year, he’s gone without an interception in three of his last seven games dating back to Dec. 1, 2019.
Jared Goff is quickly silencing his doubters
The Los Angeles Rams might have entered 2020 as the worst team in the NFC West Division. At best, they were third above Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals.
Jared Goff and the Rams opened this season 2-0. Murray’s Cardinals, along with a Russell Wilson-led Seattle Seahawks team, also won both opening games.
Goff’s refinement from a risky gunslinger to a game-manger, as he’s looked to start the 2020 season, is paying dividends for the Rams.
In his postgame media session following the Week 2 win, Rams coach Sean McVay called Goff’s play “outstanding.”
“I thought he played a great game. He had a great command of what was going on. He got into a rhythm and our guys made plays, but it starts with him and he did an outstanding job.”
So long as the Cardinals and Seahawks keep winning, Goff and the Rams need to keep pace by any means necessary. The Rams travel to New York for a Week 3 matchup against Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills before hosting an injury-plagued New York Giants team in Week 4.
Tough times are ahead for the Rams, at least on the field. But if Jared Goff continues his improved play, the Rams could stick around in the playoff hunt longer than anyone outside of that team would have imagined.
All stats courtesy of Pro-Football Reference.