Why Patriots’ Recent History Vs. Rookie QBs Is Bad News For Jared Goff

The New England Patriots will face a rookie quarterback Sunday afternoon for the 11th time in the last five seasons. And history will not be on Jared Goff’s side.

Just two of the last 10 rookies to start games against the Patriots earned victories, and that group as a whole completed 54.6 percent of its passes while tossing nine touchdowns with nine interceptions. (Five of those touchdowns came in two games back in 2012. The quarterbacks in those games? Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson.)

For a glimpse of what Goff might be in for when his Los Angeles Rams visit Gillette Stadium this weekend, here’s a look back at New England’s last 10 games against rookie quarterbacks:

Cody Kessler, Cleveland Browns (Week 5, 2016)
Stats: 5 of 8, 62 yards, one touchdown, zero interceptions (knocked out of the game in the first quarter with rib and chest injuries)
Result: Patriots win 33-13

Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans (Week 15, 2015)
Stats: 3 of 6, 32 yards, zero touchdowns, zero interceptions (knocked out of the game in the first quarter with a knee injury)
Result: Patriots win 33-16

Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders (Week 3, 2014)
Stats: 21 of 34, 174 yards, zero touchdowns, one interception
Result: Patriots win 16-9

Geno Smith, New York Jets (Week 7, 2013)
Stats: 17 of 33, 233 yards, one touchdown, one interception
Result: Patriots lose 30-27 in overtime

Geno Smith, New York Jets (Week 2, 2013)
Stats: 15 of 35, 214 yards, zero touchdowns, three interceptions
Result: Patriots win 13-10

EJ Manuel, Buffalo Bills (Week 1, 2013)
Stats: 18 of 27, 150 yards, two touchdowns, zero interceptions
Result: Patriots win 23-21

Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins (Week 17, 2012)
Stats: 20 of 35, 235 yards, zero touchdowns, one interception
Result: Patriots win 28-0

Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins (Week 13, 2012)
Stats: 13 of 29, 186 yards, zero touchdowns, zero interceptions
Result: Patriots win 23-16

Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts (Week 11, 2012)
Stats: 27 of 50, 334 yards, two touchdowns, three interceptions
Result: Patriots win 59-24

Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks (Week 6, 2012)
Stats: 16 of 27, 293 yards, three touchdowns, zero interceptions
Result: Patriots lose 24-23

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