Jared Goff isn’t Los Angeles Rams savior just yet

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Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff had some ups and downs over the preseason. While he certainly looked better than his rookie season, Goff still has a long way to go heading into Week 1.

Jared Goff looked very well this preseason for the Los Angeles Rams when compared to the last one. The poise, the confidence, and the maturity Goff showed looked fantastic. His stats showed it as well. Not only did his completion percentage go up from 44.9 percent to 75 percent, but his QBR made an impressive jump as well. In fact, it almost made a 40 point leap as it went from 55.8 to 94.5.

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Even with the improvements, Goff struggled in the preseason game against the Los Angeles Chargers. He did make some key plays that game, such as the one where he evaded defenders and escaped the pocket to get it off to Malcolm Brown. After the strip sack by Joey Bosa, he seemed to revert back to his old self. This was prevalent when he had an under thrown pass to Sammy Watkins that was intercepted by Jason Verrett.

Heading into the game on Sunday, I would expect Goff to play more like he did against the Oakland Raiders than he did against the Chargers. The pass rush by Indianapolis Colts on defense isn’t as ferocious as Oakland’s was, as their best pass rusher is Jabaal Sheard. He will go up against the Rams new acquisition at left tackle Andrew Whitworth, who should shut him down creating opportunities for Goff. The only player that could cause problem is the Colts’ new acquisition at nose tackle Jonathan Hankins. He could be an issue when it comes to clogging the run, making Goff throw more than he has to. Because of this, I expect him to throw at least one interception, even with Vontae Davis out.

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During this game against Indianapolis, I expect Goff to have a big game. I am predicting that he will have 300+ passing yards with two touchdowns and an interception. With Andrew Luck out, Goff doesn’t need to be the man this game. He can rely on the defense to shut down the Colts’ offense. Rams will win this game 24-10.