The time has come. The Los Angeles Rams have made the switch at starting quarterback, and Jared Goff will look to become the first No. 1 overall pick to win his NFL debut since 2002, when David Carr did so with the Houston Texans.
It’ll be no easy task, as they host a streaking Dolphins team whose won four straight, and have found their footing under second year running back Jay Ajayi. Over the past four weeks, Ajayi has rushed for 608 yards (to include two 200+ days), and has found pay dirt four times in that span.
Flip side of the coin, the Rams will look - for the tenth time this season - to get Todd Gurley going; especially if they’re hoping to ease Goff into action. He’s tallied 515 rushing yards thus far in 2016, has three touchdowns on the year, but hasn’t found the end zone in four weeks.
Can the supporting cast help Jared Goff settle in to this offense in his debut this Sunday? And will he be able to lead the Rams to victory, a .500 record, and keep them in the hunt for a playoff berth?
The Turf Show Times staff have their predictions...
Tevin Broner (@T_Bron)
Goff has to win enough games to help Fisher get to his goal of being 7-9. This will be a tough game for the Rams, but Goff should provide a spark
Prediction: Rams win, 17-13
Because the Rams don't like to score touchdowns, I think that they will rely on Goff to get them in the red zone and then take the points. It's his first game, and I don't see the Rams being extremely aggressive. The Rams' defense will be picking up the rookie QB and in front of a home crowd will play well.
Note: Rams are 2-1 in games where they don't score a touchdown. They love to win games ass-backwards.
Prediction: Rams win, 15-12
Blaine Grisak (@bxgrisak1993)
We finally get Jared Goff! Unfortunately, the number one pick is not the savior of this offense. In fact, if you ask Suh what he thinks about that, Goff will probably get stomped on 7 to 9 times on Sunday. The “number one overall pick finally playing” party gets crashed by the Dolphins.
Prediction: Dolphins win, 16-10
Eric Nagel (@Eric_nagel)
I don't even know who the Rams are playing. But JARED GOFF! #FisherExtension
Prediction: Rams win, 24-12
Between Jared Goff's first start and the Miami Dolphins being on a strong win streak, it's hard to imagine that the Rams pull this one out. The Rams don’t have an overwhelming advantage anywhere, and the Dolphins have more offensive talent.
Prediction: Dolphins win, 20-13
So the Rams are playing Goff? There's a slice-bogey-1 iron joke in there somewhere... The idea of Jared Goff taking the sluggish reins of the rumbling heard of Prairie Dogs known as the Rams' offense isn't a bad notion. Letting him get a start at L.A. is a decent idea too. Yet, against a streaking Miami team that gave San Diego's Phillip Rivers fits last week won't be an easy task. Goff's immediate future is tied to Todd Gurley. With that said, this game will be all about Goff going for "par", and not lofting up easy picks in an effort to stretch the field. Safety valves will be key for Goff, so look for the Rams' tight ends and Tavon Austin on short routes. In a low scoring contest, the Rams sink the put when they need it most
Prediction: Rams win, 19-17
Eddie Perez (@iAmEddieP_)
Goff's debut at home at he Coliseum won't help. I do see a single touchdown being scored by the offense, however. So, ya know, #SilverLining
Prediction: Dolphins win, 23-16
Elijah Kim (@TST_Eli)
The Rams staved off a Jets team with new starting quarterback by three points, while giving up a 5.6 ypc. I bet somewhere Jay Ajayi is licking his chops, getting ready to perhaps have another 200 yard game. The Rams and Jeff Fisher finally are letting Jared Goff off the sideline, after not even performing to their NFL worst season averages against a mediocre-at-best defense of the Jets. The Dolphins aren't even remotely an offensive juggernaut but look for them to score more points than expected due to Ajayi opening things up for everything else. Oh yeah, and the Rams' offensive line in the interior led by Tim Barnes, Cody Wichmann, and Rodger Saffold have to fend off Ndamukong Suh.... Great....
Prediction: Dolphins win, 28-17
Mike Dietrich (@dvond)
The road will be rough for Goff against the Dolphins who in the last few weeks have done exactly the opposite of what the Rams are doing and that's improve,
Prediction: Dolphins win, 24-13
Jared Goff is a out to see what's it's like to be a rookie QB in the NFL as a starter. Prepare for blitz after blitz after blitz, and all coming from behind a defensive line that's pretty good. With no run game, and the lack of chemistry Case Keenum showed with the receivers, especially Kenny Britt, Goff will likely struggle. Rams defense had better come to play as Jay ajayi has found bis footing. Looks like another game Fisher odes after being out #Fisherballed.
Prediction: Dolphins win, 19-13
A rookie QB making his first career start and all that he has between him and Ndamukong Suh is Timmy Barnes and Cody Wichmann? Yeah, put me down for the under on this game. I will say that I am terrible at picking games, so perhaps I’m wrong again, but I’m going with the Dolphins here.
Prediction: Dolphins win, 13-10
Sean Wilkinson (@Papa_Lurch)
Goff doesn't fix the Rams offensive woes, but he does provide abilities that Keenum couldn't. I don't expect the Rams to showcase serious changes in the passing game, but I would be shocked if Goff didn't take a shot or 2 downfield. That may not necessarily translate to points on the board, but defenses now have to account for Goff's ability - even if Fisher won't fully utilize it.
That said, Rams fans everywhere better be praying that the Rams interior OL can keep Suh from killing Goff.
Prediction: Dolphins win, 17-10
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Prediction: Dolphins win, 20-6
Brandon Bate (@NoPlanB_)
The Dolphins rank 30th in the NFL at stopping the run, allowing 128.8 yards per game to opposing rushers. And if there was ever a game that the Rams needed a big game from Todd Gurley, this would be the one.
It would be a mistake to put this one on Goff’s shoulders, and a big rushing day - his first 100-yd performance of the season - from Gurley should afford Goff the opportunity to settle in.
Jeff Fisher & Co.’s hesitancy to start Goff prior to Week 11 leads me to believe that asking too much of him, especially in his NFL debut, would turn out poorly. If the Rams can hand it off, find success on the ground, and not ask too much of the rookie QB, I think the defense can hold their own at home.
Prediction: Rams win, 16-13