Jared Goff’s First Career Touchdown Pass Is Surprisingly a Thing of Beauty

Bryan Brandom
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The NFL career of No. 1 overall pick Jared Goff got off to a decidedly unpromising start.

The Los Angeles Rams quarterback didn't even suit up for the season opener, and watched Case Keenum throw 11 interceptions and just nine touchdowns through the team's first nine games. Meanwhile, a quarterback taken one pick after him, Carson Wentz, and another taken 134 picks later, Dak Prescott, got off to historically great starts—and the latter is sitting pretty with a record of 10-1.

So it wasn't surprising that in Week 10, Goff looked less than prepared in his first career start, netting 134 yards on 17-of-31 passing in a 14-10 loss to the Miami Dolphins.

Luckily for Goff, the Rams, and both of the Rams' fans, the so-far college-level quarterback got to play a college-level defense in the New Orleans Saints in Week 11.

And it made him look NFL ready. On his team's first possession, Goff threw his first touchdown pass, a 24-yard bomb to a very defended Tavon Austin.

Either displaying his abilities or the Saints' ineptitude—or both—Goff delivered two more TD passes in the first half.

At halftime, Goff is 12-of-20 for 167 yards and still has yet to throw his first career interception. His Rams trail the Saints 28-21.

UPDATE:

Almost every good impression Goff made in the first half was wiped away in the second. He connected on just eight more passes for 47 yards and no touchdowns, and turned the ball over twice, an interception and a fumble.

The Rams lost 49-21.

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