Week 7 of the NFL season is already here, believe it or not. One of the most intriguing games of the weekend is the Los Angeles Rams taking on the Detroit Lions in the Matthew Stafford-Jared Goff Bowl. Storylines will be brewing as Goff returns to LA and goes against the team he took to the Super Bowl no more than five years ago.
Rams head coach Sean McVay has worked wonders with Stafford at the helm and has his team among the best in the NFL. With just one loss all season — that one being to the undefeated Arizona Cardinals — the Rams are one of the Super Bowl favorites from the NFC.
But, as much as McVay loves having Stafford as his gunslinger, he will need to rely on Goff to set a record that Bill Belichick owns.
Sean McVay is about to break an insane Bill Belichick record
Yes, the young, thriving head coach is right behind a record set by the legendary Belichick. The New England Patriots head coach is the best in the business and has been since the turn of the century.
Currently, McVay’s teams are 41-0 when they lead at the half. The current record is held by Belichick, who once went 42-0 when his team led at the intermission (h/t Skyler Carlin of Rams Wire).
So yeah, McVay is right on the brink of tying Belichick’s record and has a pretty good shot of doing so against the winless Lions, especially in SoFi Stadium.
The Rams are on fire as of late, with Cooper Kupp torching opposing defenses week after week and Robert Woods coming into his own, so the likelihood of McVay tying this record is pretty high and will be one worth monitoring.
Jared Goff can do one last favor McVay by helping him set the record
Goff has not found much success since being traded to the Lions in the offseason. Now, there are many reasons why the Lions have yet to win a game this year, and Goff is just one of them.
He has thrown for 1505 yards with just seven touchdowns and four interceptions. The offense, in general, has been rough, and the wide receiver options for Goff have been limited. Either way, this is precisely why the Rams decided to move on from Goff and acquire Stafford to run the show.
The relationship between Goff and McVay took its fair share of turns throughout their tenure. Still, McVay can only hope for Goff’s struggles to continue on Sunday as he tries to tie the impressive record of Belichick.
As the stats go, Goff has yet to win a game without McVay as his head coach, which in and of itself is a wild statistic.
The road ahead sets up the Rams perfectly to break this record
The Lions give McVay and the Rams a perfect opportunity to tie the record. Moreover, the week after they face the one-win Houston Texans, who have also been a massive disaster.
The Rams should have no issues with either of these teams, although you never know until you play the games. Detroit and Houston are on paths for top-5 picks and battling it out for the worst team in the league.
LA is on the opposite trajectory, fighting for the top spot in the NFC West with Kyler Murray and the Cardinals clinging on to that undefeated record for their lives.
So, yes, McVay should tie and break this record with Goff’s help and then whoever is playing quarterback for the Texans at the end of October. Nonetheless, the young McVay continues to impress everybody with terrific coaching year after year.
Stats Courtesy of Pro Football Reference