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Jared Goff, Sean McVay have dominated the first quarter this season

Is any offense in the NFL as good as the Rams offense to start the game?

NFL: Los Angeles Rams at Washington Football Team Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Rams quarterback Jared Goff completed all seven passes on his first drive and went 8-of-8 in the first quarter in Week 5’s 30-10 win over Washington Football Team. That brings up Goff’s first quarter stats to among the best splits you can find in any situation for any quarterback with this many throws:

38 of 41, 422 yards.

In Week 1, Goff went 3 of 3 on the opening drive against the Cowboys and Malcolm Brown scored on a one-yard run. Goff went 6 of 8 on the next series, which ended in a missed 29-yard field goal attempt by Sam Sloman.

In Week 2, Goff went 2 of 2 with a four-yard touchdown to Tyler Higbee on the opening drive against the Eagles. He went 5 of 5 on the following series, which ended in a five-yard touchdown run by Robert Woods. Goff went 3 of 3 on his final attempts of that quarter and that drive ended in a touchdown pass to Higbee. Goff completed his first 13 passes against Philadelphia.

In Week 3, Goff went 5 of 5 in the first quarter against the Bills. He was sacked twice and Sloman missed a 53-yard field goal attempt.

In Week 4, Goff went 5 of 6 on the first drive, which ended in a two-yard touchdown run by Gerald Everett. Goff completed his only attempt on the next drive, which was fumbled by Everett back to the Giants.

Goff then had his start against Washington and all told the Rams have had 11 drives that started in the first quarter:

  • 7 ended in touchdowns
  • 2 ended in missed field goals
  • 2 ended in turnovers (Goff threw a second quarter pick against the Bills)
  • 0 ended in punts

Despite a constant shuffling at running back and regularly featuring new skill players as the “star” each week, Goff has been near perfect to start games and Sean McVay’s script / playcalling / hiring of Kevin O’Connell as offensive coordinator seems to be working even better than expected.