FARGO -- Jared Goff or Carson Wentz? That was the question leading up to the 2016 NFL Draft where both the Los Angeles Rams and Philadelphia Eagles moved up the draft board to take the quarterbacks with the first two selections.
Wentz was the North Dakota State star who solidified himself as a legitimate first-round pick with his play in the Senior Bowl. Goff, meanwhile, played at Cal and remained on the West Coast once the Rams took him with the first overall pick.
The Vikings face Goff for the second time Thursday night in Los Angeles. While Wentz was thrust into the starting lineup after Philadelphia traded starter Sam Bradford to the quarterback-needy Vikings in 2016, Goff played just seven games that season. He finished with an 0-7 record, completing 54 percent of his passes with five touchdown passes and seven interceptions and finished with quarterback rating of 63.6.
Wentz almost immediately showed promise, albeit leading Philadelphia to just a 7-9 record his rookie season. He completed 62.4 percent of his passes with 16 TDs and 14 interceptions and finished with a 79.3 quarterback rating. Remember, it was Wentz and the Eagles who put an end to the Vikings 5-0 start with a 21-10 victory at Lincoln Financial Field as Philadelphia jumped out to a 4-2 record to start the season.
Both quarterbacks broke out in 2017, each winning 11 games. An NFL MVP candidate at the time, Wentz suffered a season-ending left knee injury in a showdown matchup against Los Angeles on Dec. 10, a game the Eagles won 43-35.
So far this season, the Rams are 3-0 with Goff posting a 110 quarterback rating. Wentz missed the first two games waiting for medical clearance for a knee injury and came back to lead the Eagles to a 20-16 win over Indianapolis on Sunday.
So which quarterback has panned out better?
Statistically, it’s nearly a draw.
Career-wise, Wentz is now 19-11 as a starter, averaging 244.4 yards per game and an 88.6 QB rating. Goff is 14-11 with an average of 233.4 yards per game and a 92.2 QB rating.
Goff has thrown 39 touchdowns in 25 games while Wentz has 50 in 30 games. In the same span, Wentz has thrown 22 interceptions to Goff’s 16.
Wentz has proven to be more of the playmaker with his feet, an attribute that ended his 2017 season when he took off on a first-and-goal play from the 2 and was met by two Rams defenders at the goal line - a touchdown that was nullified by a holding penalty. Wentz has rushed 113 times for 459 yards while Goff has just 82 yards on 42 rushing attempts.
While the Eagles won the Super Bowl last February in Minneapolis, neither quarterback has won a playoff game. Goff’s only playoff appearance ended with a 26-16 loss to Atlanta in a wild-card game last season. He completed just 24 of 45 passes for 259 yards.