Worry number one: Matthew Stafford as the new Rams quarterback
While Seattle has not been good against Los Angeles for several seasons now they have been able to win a game in each of the last couple of years and one of the big reasons for this is that the Rams weren’t better at quarterback. Jared Goff was a system quarterback who didn’t win games on his own.
For instance, Goff’s team had a very good roster and he had very good receivers to work with but if the Rams got down, Goff rarely led them back. Basically, if you led the Rams going into the fourth quarter you were going to win. Goff has six 4th quarter comebacks in his five-year career. In comparison, Russell Wilson has had 15 such comebacks in the last five seasons.
Los Angeles added Matthew Stafford in exchange for Goff this offseason. While Stafford’s overall numbers pretty much match Goff’s (Goff’s career touchdown per pass percentage is 4.4 and Stafford’s is 4.5; Goff’s interception percentage per throw is 2.3 and the same as Stafford’s – Stafford has improved over his career with not turning the ball over, however), Stafford is the much better fourth quarter quarterback.
Stafford is a lot like Wilson when it comes to leading his team with come-from-behind wins. In the last five years, Stafford has had 14 fourth quarter comebacks. Plus, he’s been on a far worse team with the Lions than Goff’s Rams. Matthew Stafford simply makes the Rams better and LA already beat Seattle most of the time.