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Jared Goff’s return to LA will be overshadowed by Matthew Stafford

The stars will come out on Sunday, but most of them will be with the Rams—can Detroit pull out an upset?

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The Los Angeles Rams traded for an upgrade at quarterback and through six games, that’s what they’ve received from Matthew Stafford. Quibble over a few errant passes, discuss and analyze some of the relevant errors made by Stafford, but also notice that the Rams have gone from a bottom-10 passing team to a top-five passing team and there has only been one notable change to the offense.

The focus from LA’s side is Jared Goff’s return to the city that he helped the Rams get re-accustomed to in 2016 but from the other side, it is perhaps even more notable that Stafford will be facing off against the team he called his own for 12 years.

Through six Lions games, the reviews on Goff are not good and while Matthew Stafford was pulled early against the Giants for good reasons last weekend, Detroit head coach Dan Campbell took out his quarterback against the Bengals for being on the other end of a blowout. Goff should not be in danger of losing his job this season because there likely isn’t much to gain from playing backup David Blough, but mostly due to the fact that Goff isn’t keeping the Lions from their ultimate goal of getting the number one pick.

Surely nothing would feel better for Goff than returning to LA and beating Sean McVay in his shiny new home stadium. Stranger things have happened, but it will be Stafford who gets to work with the Rams complementary pieces that Goff used to enjoy, and Stafford who gets to face his old Detroit defense.

And also making a return this week is Turf Show Times Hall of Famer Joe McAtee, who joins me on the TST podcast for the first time this season to discuss the LA Rams’ 5-1 start and our observations of the NFL as a whole in 2021. What does it take to build a championship caliber team? Where to do the Rams rank in that discussion? How scary is a future with Kyler Murray in the division for the next umpteen years? And why LA’s defense deserves a little bit more patience from the fans.

That and more on a new episode of the Turf Show Times podcast. Listen below or find us on your podcast/iTunes/Spotify apps and hit that subscribe button.