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Goff, Prescott, Watson shine while Santa Clara pines

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Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott stiff-arms Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon (54) during a run late in the second quarter of Dallas’ 19-3 win against New York on Sunday. (Tom Fox/Dallas Morning News/TNS)
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Quarterback Jared Goff turned in a 117.9 rating and zero turnovers in Week 1 of the NFL season. The Rams rolled to a 46-9 victory in his coming-out party in Los Angeles.

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott had a 90.5 rating and zero turnovers. His team won easily, too, 19-3.

In Houston, rookie QB Deshaun Watson entered the game in the third quarter and threw a touchdown pass on his first drive. The Texans lost, 29-7, but not before Watson breathed some hope into the franchise.

What do Goff, Prescott and Watson have in common?

You got it, Faithless: Any one of the three potential franchise quarterbacks could be in Santa Clara right now if the, um, brains upstairs hadn’t looked the other way in the draft.

Instead, clueless Trent Baalke settled for defensive end DeForest Buckner rather than trade up for Goff in the first round a year ago, then chose cornerback Rashard Robinson over Prescott in round four, dumb-de-dumb-dumb. Then, successor John Lynch opted for defensive end Solomon Thomas over Watson last spring, because the hard-headed ex-safety placed little, if any, value on offense.

Look, one game does not an NFL season make. For all we know, Buckner, Robinson and Thomas will become perennial All-Pros before long, while Goff, Prescott and Watson fall flat on their face masks. Balls kinda doubts it, though.

It’s easy to feel good for Goff, especially. Surrounded by tired, old coaches and even worse talent, the Cal kid took a lot of hits on and off the field, not all of them deserved.

In the off-season, new GM Les Snead wasted no time to hire a young, energetic offensive mind in Sean McVay to mentor Goff and the offense. Then, he upgraded the o-line, tight end and wide receiver positions. Strange. Goff looks like a new quarterback, and the Rams like a different team all of a sudden.

What are the chances that Lynch took some notes along the way?

HOY VEH: Meanwhile, the Faithless are stuck with Brian Hoyer until further notice, and when you consider his chummy relationship with coach Kyle Shanahan, that probably means the rest of the season.

Hoyer stunk like Limburger in a 23-3 loss against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. You know, the usual suckage — poor reads, inaccurate throws, no throws at all, wimpy body language …

Balls’ favorite lowlight took place on the second play of the second half. Hoyer threw the ball behind rookie tight end George Kittle over the middle and into the hands of Luke Kuechly, who played for the other team. Seems that Tryin’ Brian didn’t see Kuechly because, you know, why would a 31-year-old QB be aware of the best middle linebacker in football?

The rookie mistake pretty much squeezed the life out of the few who were left at Levi’s Stadium. But, hey, Faithless, look at the bright side — there’s one fewer week left in this nightmare.

HEY, LOOK … Kittle got flagged for another false start penalty! Or was it tackle Trent Brown?! Uh, guard Brandon Fusco?!

JUST SAYIN’: Great weekend for the Giants in Chicago. They move 1.5 games ahead of the White Sox in the turtle race for the No. 2 pick in the draft …

And Pablo Sandoval and his buck-eighty batting average remained healthy for the stretch crawl.

The once-invincible Los Angeles Dodgers have lost 10 games in a row. At least they didn’t wait ’til the playoffs to choke this time.

After the Rams embarrassed his team, the Indianapolis Colts’ Chuck Pagano said, “I mean, we got our asses kicked. Credit the 49ers …” Relax, coach, quarterback Scott Tolzien can do that to a guy.

Cancel the rest of the NFL season. The mighty Cowboys are 1-0, so they can hold the Super Bowl parade right now.

Here’s a vote for Tony Romo as the Comeback Athlete of the Year. The ex-Cowboy QB has personality, smarts, instincts and a long career as a television analyst ahead of him …

And Jay Cutler made the next best move when he chose the Miami Dolphins over the broadcast booth, which is no place for someone without a pulse.

WHERE HAVE YOU GONE … Ricky Watters?

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