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Jimmy Garoppolo: Record against winning teams

Jimmy Garoppolo has had an interesting NFL career. Lets take a look at how he has fared against winning teams.

Jimmy Garoppolo has experienced a solid but injury-ridden NFL career so far. He started his career as a potential Tom Brady replacement. It didn’t work out that way as he ended up being traded to the San Francisco 49ers. Injuries have created a lot of what-ifs but even at that, he was only one win away from his first Super Bowl last season. Through the ups and downs, Garoppolo has been one of the most winning QBs against winning teams since entering the NFL.

People typically bring up a quarterback’s record against winning teams to discredit a quarterback who is often otherwise successful. I see people use this argument to say players like Kirk Cousins and Matthew Stafford are not good and just put up empty stats.

Before we get into how well Jimmy Garoppolo has fared, I want to make clear that quarterback wins are a team statistic. Very few quarterbacks in the NFL have a winning record against teams who finished the season above .500 in the league. Even Aaron Rodgers has struggled against winning teams. Quarterbacks obviously have a big impact, but it is still a team game.

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So what is Jimmy Garoppolo’s record against winning teams?

Since entering the NFL in 2014, Jimmy Garoppolo is 9-6 (.600) against teams that finished the season with a winning record.

In 2020, Jimmy Garoppolo was 1-2 against winning teams as the starting quarterback. His last game of the season was week 8 against the Seattle Seahawks. He was placed on IR after that.

  • Miami (loss)
  • Rams (win)
  • Seahawks (loss)

In 2019, Jimmy Garoppolo was 5-2 against winning teams as the starting quarterback. This was an amazing season as Garoppolo helped lead his team to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl.

  • Rams (win)
  • Seahawks (loss)
  • Packers (win)
  • Ravens (loss)
  • Saints (win)
  • Rams (win)
  • Seahawks (win)

In 2018, Jimmy Garoppolo was 0-2 against winning teams as the starting quarterback. He started through week 3 and was injured.

  • Vikings (loss)
  • Chiefs (loss)

In 2017, Jimmy Garoppolo was 3-0 against winning teams as the starting quarterback after the Patriots traded him to the 49ers. His first game in a Niners uniform was week 12.

  • Titans (win)
  • Jaguars (win)
  • Rams (win)

From 2014-2016, Jimmy Garoppolo started 2 games for the New England Patriots during this time frame when Tom Brady out in 2016. The Patriots won both those games but neither were against winning teams.

A winning record isn’t common

Almost every quarterback in the NFL has a losing record against winning teams. It only makes sense because those are the games teams are most likely to lose every year. This has not been the case for Jimmy Garoppolo.

Much like Mahomes early on, Garoppolo benefited from being drafted into an amazing situation. He got to learn the game from Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. He wasn’t thrown into the fire and was completely ready when he got his chance to shine.

What other quarterbacks have a winning record against winning teams?

There are currently 6 active NFL quarterbacks with winning records against winning teams.

You can digest that information on your own. The only thing I want you to take away from this is that it is extremely rare to have a winning record against teams that finished the season with a winning record. That makes this that much more impressive for Jimmy Garoppolo and the teams he played with.

Dominique Clare
Dominique Clare
Dominique Clare is the founder and editor of Sports and Fitness Digest. In addition, he writes NFL, NBA, & Fitness content.
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