LA Rams QB Jared Goff need not fear the Bears defense

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Despite a recent history of struggling against Chicago, LA Rams QB Goff need not fear the Bears defense

LA Rams quarterback Jared Goff had a bad game in week six. Of course, he had plenty of company in the passing game. Sure handed receivers dropped the ball. The Rams playbook designed beautiful plays, but the rhythm of the offense was off, way off.  The outcome may have surprised many, but the LA Rams loss to the San Francisco 49ers was as much about the Rams missing plays as it was about the 49ers winning the game.

After six games, the LA Rams franchise hurler is putting up surprisingly efficient numbers.  He’s thrown for 120 completions out of 190 attempts, completing 67.4 percent of his passes for 10 touchdowns, four interceptions, and he has been sacked just seven times. His completion rate is a career-high, his touchdown and interception rates are on par with his 2018 season, and he’s showing far more poise in the pocket.

Goff playing at a higher level

Even in their loss to the 49ers, there were plenty of experts who weighed in during post-game analysis to defend Goff’s play. While that seems to run against the entire good-quarterbacks-versus-great-quarterbacks distinction we’d made months ago about Goff’s elevating his play, the point is still valid.  This play-by-play analysis by Rams broadcaster J.B. Long was spot on and vindicated Goff.

In the world of woulda-coulda-shoulda, the Rams could be emerging from a very strong offensive performance against the 49ers, and then risk an emotional letdown against another 5-1 Bears team. But so far, everything we’ve seen by Goff continues to make the case that he is playing at a much higher level. The Rams have played against Washington, San Francisco, and Philadelphia, all of whom boast an NFL Top-10 passing defense.  In fact, the Rams practice against their own passing defense, rated as a Top-4 passing defense in the NFL today.

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.This is not a game where you will need to close your eyes out of concern over what Goff might do wrong against the Bears defense.  In this game, it’s about what the Rams hurler will do right. You can bet both Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp will be focused on helping out their team after both had season-worst games simultaneously. And the Rams have the option of a very productive running game once more. No, Jared Goff doesn’t walk on water. But he will have a good game against the Bears. Both starting receivers will see to it.