5. Jared Goff, Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings
Two games into the season and Goff is sitting respectable as the QB9. He has thrown six touchdowns to one pick, with 471 yards. Those aren’t Josh Allen numbers but maybe you’re gun-shy about starting Tua Tagovailoa against Buffalo, or you’re a Tom Brady owners with buyer’s remorse.
Goff is putting up solid numbers because he’s getting great protection. He has Amon-Ra St. Brown, T.J. Hockenson and DeAndre Swift to throw to, which creates a floor that should get him to 225 yards. His ability to get the ball to Josh Reynolds, D.J. Chark and Quintez Cephus too consistently, is what is going to keep him in the top 12.
He’ll face the Vikings at Minnesota, who made Aaron Rodgers look bad in Week 1 but then could not handle Jalen Hurts this past Monday. While they won’t have to chase Goff around the field, they will need to get through their line, which has given up just four sacks. So far, they’ve sacked Aaron Rodgers and Jalen Hurts a combined seven times.
In two weeks, Minnesota’s defense allowed quarterbacks to complete 74.3 percent of their passes and 7.9 yards per attempt. The only good thing the secondary has done is allow just one passing touchdown.