Merriam-Webster defines the word ‘gaudy’ as “marked by extravagance or sometimes tasteless showiness.”
One look at quarterback Jared Goff and his numbers from Monday night, and you might choose such a word for the absolute offensive show he and the Rams put on for the home fans in the Coliseum. Goff would complete 31 passes on 49 attempts for 413 yards and four touchdowns. Tight end Gerald Everett has two of those touchdown passes while receivers Josh Reynolds and Robert Woods had one each.
It was just that kind of night.
As for those who want to complain about a lack of defense, don’t. The defense wasn’t that bad, it was the offense that was just spectacular.
For those, me included, who has been skeptical of Goff don’t be. He’s the real deal. More than a few wondered aloud if he’d make that leap in year three, and he has. He did lose the ball twice on fumbles, which were the only two turnovers the Rams suffered, versus Patrick Mahomes who coughed it up five times (3 interceptions and 2 fumbles).
Most importantly, on a night where running back Todd Gurley was a blip on the offensive radar, Goff would carry the team to what was as close to a playoff game as you’d ever get.
Goff won that game last night on a night he absolutely needed too.