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Rams QB Jared Goff sets Thursday Night Football record with 465 yards passing

Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff played easily the best game of his young NFL career on Thursday night’s win over the Minnesota Vikings. Goff had a perfect passer rating as he went 26 of 33 with five touchdowns and 465 yards, which is a new Thursday Night Football record.

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer wasn’t pleased with his pass defense, claiming it’s the worst he’s ever seen in his coaching career. But while the Vikings D wasn’t great, credit still has to go to Goff for making them look even worse than they actually were. Some of the passes he was completing were incredible and few defenses in the league would’ve stood much of a chance.

After a somewhat sloppy performance in the season opener against the Raiders, Goff has been playing as well as any quarterback in the league over the last three weeks. He’s completed at least 75 percent of his passes while throwing for over 350 yards in each of those three games.

It may just be four games into the season, but Goff clearly looks like a legitimate MVP candidate given how well he’s been playing. Not bad for someone who’s been considered by some as a mere system quarterback. While Rams coach Sean McVay has certainly had a lot to do with the offense’s incredible success since arriving in LA last season, it shouldn’t take away from Goff’s brilliant execution.

At the rate Jared Goff is going, the Thursday night passing yards record might be the first of many he breaks for the Rams this season.