The Detroit Lions picked up quarterback Jared Goff from the Los Angeles Rams last week, and at this point in his career he's as good as some big name players.

I ran Goff's first four years as a starter through the NFL Comparison site, and while young Jared has choked a bit in some playoff games, he's right up there with Matthew Stafford and the immortal GOAT Tom Brady, at least as far as his first four seasons as a starter is concerned.

Goff destroys Stafford when you compare both QBs first four years. Goff has more wins, playoff wins, passing yards and touchdown passes than Stafford, albeit playing for a better team. Don't forget, Stafford was a interception machine during his early Lion years, and while Goff is often called that, he had 17 fewer picks in the same amount of games.

First four seasons as a starter:

Games Started (GS)

Matthew Stafford 61
Jared Goff 62

Wins as Starter

Matthew Stafford 23
Jared Goff 42

Winning Percentage

Matthew Stafford .377%
Jared Goff .677%

Pass Completions (Cmp)

Matthew Stafford 1,481
Jared Goff 1,333

Completion Percentage (Cmp%)

Matthew Stafford 61.2
Jared Goff 60.2

Passing Yards (Yds)

Matthew Stafford 16,584
Jared Goff 17,082

Touchdown Passes (TD)

Matthew Stafford 101
Jared Goff 102

Interceptions Thrown (Int)

Matthew Stafford 65
Jared Goff 48

Game Winning Drives (GWD)

Matthew Stafford 10
Jared Goff 8

Yards Gained per Games Played (Y/G)

Matthew Stafford 271.9
Jared Goff 275.5
QB Rating (Rate)

Matthew Stafford 84.4
Jared Goff 90.7

Now let's compare Goff's stats to the maestro Tom Brady. Keep in mind, Brady played a lot of playoff football in those first four years, going 9-0 in the playoffs as a starter. Goff can't touch him there, but in some other areas, he's surprisingly close.

Goff tossed fewer interceptions and more touchdowns than young Brady, and had a better QB rating. But the playoffs is where Mr. Brady makes bank, outperforming Goff in almost every category. Although, to be honest, if Goff just gets the Lions to the playoffs, he would be my hero.

Let's take a look at Brady's first four seasons as a starter vs. Goff's first four:

Games Started (GS)

Tom Brady 62
Jared Goff 62

Wins as Starter

Tom Brady 48
Jared Goff 42

Winning Percentage

Tom Brady .774%
Jared Goff .677%

Pass Completions (Cmp)

Tom Brady 1,242
Jared Goff 1,333

Completion Percentage (Cmp%)

Tom Brady 61.6
Jared Goff 60.2

Passing Yards (Yds)

Tom Brady 13,919
Jared Goff 17,082

Touchdown Passes (TD)

Tom Brady 97
Jared Goff 102

Interceptions Thrown (Int)

Tom Brady 52
Jared Goff 48
Yards Gained per Games Played (Y/G)

Tom Brady 220.9
Jared Goff 275.5

QB Rating (Rate)

Tom Brady 87.5
Jared Goff 90.7

PLAYOFFS

Games Started (GS)

Tom Brady 9
Jared Goff 5

Playoff Wins

Tom Brady 9
Jared Goff 2

Completion Percentage (Cmp%)

Tom Brady 62.5
Jared Goff 57.4

Passing Yards (Yds)

Tom Brady 1,951
Jared Goff 1,300

Touchdown Passes (TD)

Tom Brady 11
Jared Goff 4

Interceptions Thrown (Int)

Tom Brady 3
Jared Goff 2

QB Rating (Rate)

Tom Brady 88.9
Jared Goff 79.9

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