Goff and Wentz, Top 2 Picks in 2016, Will Finally Meet on the Field


Jared Goff, left, and Carson Wentz at the N.F.L. draft in April 2016. Goff was selected first over all by the Los Angeles Rams, and Wentz went second, to the Philadelphia Eagles. Matt Marton/FR 170890, via Associated Press

Just a year and a half ago, Jared Goff and Carson Wentz were taken first and second in the N.F.L. draft. But which one has turned out to be Peyton Manning and which one Ryan Leaf?

Maybe they’re both Manning.

Goff, the No. 1 pick, has led the Los Angeles Rams to a surprising 9-3 record so far this season, and the Philadelphia Eagles and Wentz, who was No. 2, are 10-2. The two second-year quarterbacks and their overachieving teams meet Sunday in Los Angeles.

Whatever the result, both teams are overwhelming favorites to make the playoffs, and though the New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings may have something to say about it, few will be surprised if the Eagles and the Rams meet again in the N.F.C. championship game.

That would complete a remarkable turnaround. The year before they drafted Goff and Wentz, both teams were 7-9.

In the run-up to the draft, Goff’s passing at California seemed tailor-made for the N.F.L. There was some concern that Wentz had played against lesser competition at North Dakota State, but he, too, was thought to be a top prospect. Of course, the same could once have been said about Tim Couch (Kentucky), the No. 1 overall pick in 1999, and Rick Mirer (Notre Dame), No. 2 in 1993.

Source: The New York Times