Jared Goff put together his best performance of 2019 on Sunday to help the Los Angeles Rams defeat the Atlanta Falcons and end their three-game losing streak.
To say Jared Goff and the Los Angeles Rams entered Week 7 facing heavy pressure would be a huge understatement since last weekend’s loss to the San Francisco 49ers marked the first three-game losing streak during the Sean McVay era.
When taking into consideration this came after the Rams started 2019 on a hot note by winning each of their first three games, it was easy to understand why McVay and company were facing so much pressure heading into Week 7.
Coincidentally, Dan Quinn’s Atlanta Falcons were facing even more pressure than Los Angeles since this was a team sitting at 1-5 heading into Sunday, with their lone win coming all the way back in Week 2 against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Unlike McVay, Quinn has arguably been fighting for his job, and many wonders if this would provide the Falcons with a little extra motivation to put the Rams on the verge of falling below .500 on the year.
As football fans saw, this was far from the case after Los Angeles jumped out to a solid lead in the first half, and would never look back thanks to a strong outing by Goff on offense before the Rams eventually secured the 37-10 win over the Falcons.
Even though some of the struggles on offense weren’t entirely his fault, Goff received a good amount of blame for the Rams dropping three games in a row before Sunday’s win over the Falcons.
Whether it was failing to receive the proper protection from the offensive line or McVay abandoning the run game more often than he should, placing most of the blame on Goff seemed unfair.
But after Goff threw for 268 yards to go along with three total touchdowns (one rushing), this was the kind of game the former No. 1 pick needed to display for the Rams, and will hopefully provide some much-needed confidence moving forward.
The Rams made it clear in September they felt confident enough in Goff being their long-term option under center for the long run after rewarding him with quite the hefty extension, but it was frustrating to see him struggle the way he did during the losing streak.
Now that Los Angeles is sitting at 4-3, and coming off a huge win on the road against an Atlanta team they struggled against in previous years, here’s to hoping this is a sign of Goff heating up at the right time for the Rams.
Since the Rams still trail both the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers in the NFC West standings at the moment, Los Angeles will need all of the extra effort possible from Goff the rest of the way to play catch up.