The pressure is on Jared Goff heading into Week 13 for the Los Angeles Rams against the Arizona Cardinals.
Rightfully so, expectations were high for the Rams entering 2019 after winning their second NFC West title in a row on top of appearing in the Super Bowl last February before coming up short against the New England Patriots.
But with Los Angeles currently trailing the Minnesota Vikings at the moment by two games for the final Wild Card spot in the NFC, the Rams have a lot of catching up to do in the final month of regular season action.
Otherwise, January is going to roll around, and Los Angeles could be watching the playoffs from home instead of participating in the postseason for a third year in a row, which no one wants to see.
Plenty of factors have come into play behind the struggles of the Rams, and while Goff doesn’t deserve the entire blame for some of the struggles on offense this season, the former No. 1 pick going all of November without a single touchdown pass is inexcusable.
From Todd Gurley struggling to look like his normal dominant self to the offensive line dealing with all sorts of injuries, it’s easy to give Goff some benefit of the doubt, but also Los Angeles can’t afford this kind of poor play entering Week 13.
Despite the tough matchups throughout November, a quarterback like Goff should have been able to record at least a few touchdown passes over the three-game span, which is part of the reason there’s so much frustration entering the month of December.
While the Arizona Cardinals have played better than expected throughout the 2019 season, this seems like one of those games in which Goff will be in great position to bounce back to give Los Angeles a fighting chance with four games to go.
If not, well let’s just say Goff better prepare for a potential offseason filled with all sorts of criticism, because there were already some questions over whether the Rams jumped the gun with that ridiculous contract.