Jared Goff

Detroit Lions
Quarterback #16
Detroit Lions
Quarterback #16
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Throws walkoff touchdown

Goff completed 25 of 41 passes for 296 yards with three touchdowns and one interception during Sunday's 29-27 win over Minnesota.

Analysis: Despite playing without D'Andre Swift (shoulder), Goff put together his best game of the season and played nearly half of it with a two-score lead. While a lack of success on third downs eventually allowed the Vikings to claim the lead with under two minutes remaining, Goff ultimately led an improbable touchdown drive that ended with a touchdown strike to Amon-Ra St. Brown as time expired. However, this marked Detroit's first win of the season and Goff still ranks near the bottom of the league with 6.5 yards per pass attempt. Additionally, he still has one or less pass touchdowns in over half of his games this season while offering minimal rushing upside. Despite the short term success, Goff will remain an inadvisable fantasy option in Week 14 against Denver.

Dec 5, 2021 1:32 PM EST


Two TDs in Thanksgiving defeat

Goff completed 21 of 25 passes for 171 yards with two touchdowns and a lost fumble during Thursday's 16-14 loss to Chicago.

Analysis: Playing through the oblique injury that caused him to enter the game with a questionable tag, Goff got off to a hot start, hitting former Rams teammate Josh Reynolds for a 39-yard touchdown early in the first quarter. However, the Lions would only account for one more scoring drive the rest of the game thanks to a disproportionate number of as penalties in combination with general offensive ineptitude. While Lions fans can at least be thankful for seeing a better performance than what backup Tim Boyle displayed last week against Cleveland, that's still not saying much. Goff will continue to be an unappealing fantasy play when Detroit hosts Minnesota in Week 13.

Nov 25, 2021 1:57 PM EST



Active, set to start Thursday

Goff (oblique) is active for Thursday's game against the Bears and is on track to start.

Analysis: Meanwhile, Tim Boyle will move into the No. 2 role after starting last week's 13-10 loss to the Browns in place of the injured Goff. Though he's likely at less than 100 percent after managing only a limited slate of practices this week, Goff fared well enough in those workouts for Detroit to feel comfortable reinstalling him as their starter. Regardless, Goff will still rank as a low-end fantasy option in weekly leagues after averaging 234.3 passing yards, 8.4 rushing yards, 0.88 touchdowns and 1.11 turnovers per game over his first nine outings of the season.

Nov 25, 2021 8:06 AM EST


On pace to start Thursday

Goff (oblique) is line to start Thursday's game against the Bears, barring a setback, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: It appears Goff's oblique injury will contain him to just one contest on the sideline. Considering how Tim Boyle, Goff's replacement, fared Week 11 at Cleveland -- 15-for-23 passing for 77 yards and two interceptions -- the latter will be a welcome sight to the Lions offense after being listed as limited on practice estimates Monday through Wednesday. In his first matchup with the Bears this season back in Week 4, Goff completed 24 of 38 passes for 299 yards and two touchdowns.

Nov 24, 2021 5:27 PM EST


Status in question for Thursday

Goff (oblique) is listed as questionable for Thursday's game against the Bears.

Analysis: Goff has been tending to an oblique injury that kept him out of Week 11 action at Cleveland. The Lions have yet to tip their hand about their Week 12 starting quarterback, but coach Dan Campbell told Eric Woodyard of ESPN.com on Tuesday that he was "leaning" toward Goff being under center Thursday. The decision ultimately may come to a pregame workout, after which Detroit will release its list of inactives about 90 minutes before the 12:30 p.m. kickoff. Aside from Goff, Tim Boyle and even David Blough could be in the mix for the nod after Boyle underwhelmed in his spot start this past Sunday.

Nov 24, 2021 11:38 AM EST



Remains limited, but trending well

Goff (oblique) was listed as a limited participant on Tuesday's estimated practice report, but head coach Dan Campbell said the quarterback is "leaning" in the direction of starting the team's Thanksgiving Day game against the Bears, Eric Woodyard of ESPN.com reports. "It's 60 percent [that Goff starts], leaning toward 50-50," Campbell said, noting that Goff looked good in the Lions' walk-through practice.

Analysis: The Lions might have a difficult time gauging where Goff stands in his recovery from an oblique injury while the team runs practices at less-than-normal intensity this week due to the quick turnaround for Thursday's game, but both the coach and the quarterback himself expressed more positivity about his health. Specifically, Goff told Justin Rogers of The Detroit News that he "feels good" and views himself as a "game-day decision," comments that just about line up with what Campbell had to say about the matter. If Goff plateaus or takes a step back in his recovery and is forced to miss a second straight game, the Lions haven't made it clear if Tim Boyle would be in line for another start, or if No. 3 quarterback David Blough would get a look after Boyle mostly underwhelmed in his season debut in last week's 13-10 loss to the Browns.

Nov 23, 2021 3:30 PM EST


Estimated as limited participant

Goff (oblique) was listed as a limited participant on Monday's estimated practice report.

Analysis: Though Detroit didn't hold a traditional practice Monday one day after a 13-10 loss to the Browns, Goff's limited listing seemingly provides a more optimistic outlook about his health after he listed as a non-participant in each of the Lions' past three practices. Because of the quick turnaround Detroit faces for its Thanksgiving Day matchup with Chicago, Goff could face an uphill battle to prove to the coaching and training staff that he's healthy enough to play through the oblique injury. Tim Boyle stepped in as the Lions' starting quarterback against Cleveland and struggled to move the offense, so there's a chance that he cedes the starting role to third-stringer David Blough even if Goff is ruled out for a second straight game.

Nov 22, 2021 1:14 PM EST


Not playing Sunday, as expected

Goff (oblique) is listed as inactive Sunday at Cleveland.

Analysis: It's no surprise Goff eventually required some time on the sideline after incurring 26 sacks (tied for fifth most with Baker Mayfield) through his first nine starts with the Lions. Goff didn't practice at all before being considered doubtful for Week 11 action and ultimately missing his first game of the season. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, there's a chance Goff logs another DNP on Thursday against the Bears due to the short week, but his practice reps still will be something to watch to make sure that comes to pass. Tim Boyle will be under center for the Lions on Sunday and potentially beyond, with David Blough serving in a backup capacity.

Nov 21, 2021 8:34 AM EST


Sitting Sunday, could miss Week 12

Goff (oblique), who is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Browns, isn't expected to be active in a backup capacity this week and could face an uphill battle to gain clearance for the Lions' Thanksgiving Day matchup with the Bears next week, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Though the Lions have named Tim Boyle (thumb) their Week 11 starter following his return from injured reserve Friday, Detroit had some hope that Goff would be available as his understudy even while he manages the oblique injury. After sitting out a trio of practices this week, however, Goff apparently didn't demonstrate enough progress to dress against the Browns, so David Blough is set to back up Boyle while Goff will be included among the Lions' inactive list, which will be released 90 minutes prior to kickoff. Due to the quick turnaround for the Lions' Week 12 matchup, Goff looks to be at major risk of missing a second straight game, but the Lions will see what he's able to do over the next few days before deciding whether he's able to play Thanksgiving Day.

Nov 21, 2021 6:11 AM EST


Won't start Sunday

Goff (oblique) won't play Sunday against the Browns, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Goff remains officially listed as doubtful as of Saturday evening, but Schefter's report lines up with the fact that Goff didn't practice all week. Tim Boyle will make his first NFL start in his absence.

Nov 20, 2021 8:03 PM EST


Doubtful for Sunday

Goff (oblique) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game in Cleveland, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

Analysis: The Lions are expected to activate Tim Boyle (thumb) from injured reserve to make the start, while David Blough figures to be the backup. Goff was scheduled to throw Friday after missing practice Wednesday and Thursday, but the Lions ultimately held him out of practice again at the end of the week. A Thursday game in Week 12, against the Bears, could make it difficult for Goff to avoid multiple absences, even though he played through the pain without missing a snap after he injured his oblique in the first quarter of last week's 16-16 tie with the Steelers.

Nov 19, 2021 1:00 PM EST


No practice, not likely to play

Goff (oblique) missed Friday's practice and appears unlikely to play in Sunday's game against the Browns, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Tim Boyle (thumb) has been leading the first-team offense all week and likely will be activated from injured reserve to make the start Sunday in Cleveland. Goff played through the oblique injury last week and said he'd be fine after a 16-16 tie with Pittsburgh, but it ended up being more serious than he anticipated, with a lack of practice participation hinting at the possibility of missed time even beyond Week 11.

Nov 19, 2021 10:35 AM EST


Set to throw Friday

Coach Dan Campbell said Goff (oblique) will throw Friday, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Analysis: Goff was unable to practice Wednesday and Thursday, but he'll at least be able to get some throwing in at Friday's session. It remains to be seen whether that will be enough for the 27-year-old to have a chance of suiting up Sunday at Cleveland. Tim Boyle (thumb) is set to be activated from injured reserve and start at quarterback if Goff is sidelined.

Nov 19, 2021 8:41 AM EST


Set to miss another practice

Goff (oblique) didn't take part in the open portion of Thursday's practice and is set to be listed as a non-participant for the second day in a row, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

Analysis: The consecutive absences from practice as the Lions prepare for Sunday's game in Cleveland isn't a great early sign for Goff's availability, but the coaching and training staff will wait and see if the signal-caller is able to get back on the field Friday before updating his status. For his part, Goff believes that as long as the oblique injury doesn't affect his "functionality" as a quarterback, he thinks he'll be able to play through the pain in Cleveland, according to Chris Burke of The Athletic. If Goff ultimately can't go Sunday, Tim Boyle (thumb) -- who remains on injured reserve but is taking reps in practice this week -- would likely be activated for his first career NFL start.

Nov 18, 2021 10:07 AM EST


Uncertain about Week 11

Goff (oblique) said Wednesday that his availability for Sunday's game against Cleveland will depend on "functionality", as he anticipates the pain will be manageable, Chris Burke of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Goff still hopes to play, but this is a different tune than what he sung after Sunday's 16-16 tie with the Steelers when he said he'd be fine moving forward. While he managed to play the entire game despite injuring his oblique in the first quarter, Goff may have found that the issue was more serious than he thought once the adrenaline wore off. He was held out of practice Wednesday, ceding first-string QB duties to Tim Boyle (thumb), who presumably is on track to be activated from IR before Sunday.

Nov 17, 2021 1:14 PM EST


Held out with oblique injury

Goff (oblique) isn't practicing Wednesday, Chris Burke of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Goff never left Sunday's 16-16 tie with Pittsburgh after injuring his oblique in the first quarter, but he'll cede the first-string offense to Tim Boyle for at least one practice heading into Week 11. Goff did say after Sunday's game that he didn't expect to miss time, and a return to practice Thursday or Friday would put him on track to start Sunday's game in Cleveland.

Nov 17, 2021 8:58 AM EST


Plays through oblique injury

Goff suffered an oblique injury during the first quarter of Sunday's 16-16 tie with the Steelers, but he didn't miss any snaps and said he'll be fine moving forward, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Analysis: While Goff expects to play Week 11in Cleveland, he'll likely be listed on the injury report after visibly dealing with pain/discomfort throughout Sunday's game. He did say the rain in Pittsburgh impacted his performance more than the oblique injury, after completing 14 of 25 passes for 114 yards with no touchdowns or turnovers. Goff has thrown only eight TD passes in nine games this year, with seven of those coming in the first four weeks of the season. Over his past five games, Goff has one touchdown, five turnovers and 16 sacks taken.

Nov 15, 2021 6:46 AM EST


Struggles through rib injury

Goff completed 14 of 25 passes for 114 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions in Sunday's 16-16 tie against Pittsburgh.

Analysis: The Lions prioritized their rushing attack, totaling 39 attempts on the ground as opposed to only 25 for passes for Goff. In part, that could have been due to game script, though Goff was also reportedly battling a rib injury, according to Brian Batko of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Even when he took to the air, Goff was far from spectacular by averaging only 4.6 yards per attempt and he has also failed to throw for a touchdown for the fifth time in his last seven games. As a result, there's not much reason for optimism heading into a Week 11 matchup against Cleveland.

Nov 14, 2021 3:50 PM EST


Draws boos from home crowd

Goff completed 25 of 34 pass attempts for 222 yards during Sunday's 44-6 loss to the Eagles.

Analysis: In addition to also taking five sacks, Goff again was booed by his home crowd after intentionally threw the ball away on a fourth down for yet another time this season. With Detroit now winless through eight games, it will be interesting to see if the Lions turn to David Blough to run the offense in Week 9. Tim Boyle (thumb), who recently began throwing footballs without a brace, could also be an option in the near future. However, neither of these guys have much upside to get excited about, especially on a team where the likes of Kalif Raymond stands as the No. 1 wide receiver. Whoever gets the start against Pittsburgh next weekend will not be an advisable fantasy option.

Oct 31, 2021 1:39 PM EST


Struggles against former team

Goff completed 22 of 36 pass attempts for 268 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions against the Rams on Sunday.

Analysis: Goff was slightly more productive than either of his two prior games, which combined for 405 yards and two interceptions, but even this box score is largely owed to the after-the-catch work of running back D'Andre Swift, who propelled most of Goff's box score with a 63-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter. The Lions aren't in a position to fix the problems that plague their passing game in 2021, so riding out this sort of production from Goff might be the way it goes the rest of the year. The Lions face the Eagles in Week 8 before a Week 9 bye.

Oct 24, 2021 4:53 PM EST


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