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Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff races up the NFL.com QB Index in tumultuous week

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Did the System QB rise in the rankings because of his play or because of the crash and burn of other quarterbacks in the league?

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So far this season, NFL.com’s QB index has not been kind to Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff. This week’s ranking, however, paints a more optimistic judgment of Goff.

Of course, you have to scroll past the fawning praise of QB Patrick Mahomes II and QB Tom Brady, and even often injured QB Carson Wentz, but that’s the world we live in.

Well, the group of four experts on the QB index are in agreement that Goff is just outside the top ten, which is an improvement from his ranking of 17 last week. Was it more examples of his passing chemistry with WR Cooper Kupp? Was it Goff’s deep ball to WR Brandin Cooks that impressed, or perhaps his laser pass that ended up as a touchdown for Cooks?

Another case for Goff’s rise is the departure of QB Ben Roethlisberger for the season and QB Drew Brees for at least 6 weeks. That’s just math, as QB Teddy Bridgewater and QB Mason Rudolph are behind Goff in the rankings.

Statistically speaking, one can see how only two touchdown passes on the year can keep the passionate praise of Goff to a minimum, but he’s playing well enough to limit turnovers and most importantly win the game.

Goff’s Week 3 matchup will be fascinating because his opposing QB, Baker Mayfield, is his exact opposite in terms of playing style. In case you didn’t click on the link, Mayfield is ranked right behind Goff at 12. On Sunday Night Football, will Goff look like a throwback play-caller in the wrong era, or another example that Goff is a perfect fit for the Rams’ offense?

Regardless, it’s another chance for Goff to gain more respect... or win the game, which I believe is point of all of this.