Paylor: "Goff Hasn't Been Good For Three Weeks"

Jared Goff has one touchdown and seven interceptions over his last three games

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December 18, 2018 - 8:57 am

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A few weeks ago, the Rams (11-3) looked like locks for the No. 1 seed in the NFC. After back-to-back losses, however, they’ve fallen back in the pack and are sandwiched between the Saints (12-2) and Bears (10-4).

“Goff hasn’t been good for three weeks,” Yahoo! Sports senior NFL writer Terez Paylor said on Reiter Than You. “Jared Goff hasn’t been good in three games.”

Indeed, Goff has one touchdown and seven interceptions over his last three games. He has zero touchdowns and six interceptions in his last two.

Should Rams fans be concerned?

“I think they should be a little concerned,” Paylor said. “Sean McVay is a very good coach – a really good coach. Maybe the best young coach in football. But I don’t like the way Goff has regressed. Last week, they looked awful against the Bears, and Sunday they didn’t look good, either. I think they’re going to turn it around because I have a lot of faith in the coach – about as much faith as I have in (any) coach. For a guy who’s not named Bill Belichick, Sean McVay is unbelievably confident, so I have a lot of faith in that. 

“But I think Rams fans should be worried because the arrow is not pointing up (on their quarterback),” Paylor continued. “It’s pointing the other way – and that’s not something you would expect at this point of the season.”

The Bears, meanwhile, have been red-hot. They beat the Rams in Week 14 and have won seven of eight overall.

“I think they’re going to win a playoff game,” Paylor said. “If these guys host a home playoff game – Chicago is a really hard place to win in January. So I have them winning that game, especially because their defense is good, which is hard to have in today’s NFL.”

Still, Paylor believes it would be difficult for the Bears to beat the Rams or Saints in the playoffs, at least away from Soldier Field.

“You talk about going on the road against the Rams, I think the Rams would be favored (in) that – and rightfully so,” Paylor said. “And obviously New Orleans is a pretty tough place to play. Both of them would be pretty tough games for them to win. But I do have the Bears winning a playoff game, especially if it’s at home.”