The Philadelphia Eagles will try to put a disappointing Week 1 loss behind them as quickly as possible as they host the Los Angeles Rams in Week 2. Kickoff is at 1:00 EST on Sunday, September 20, at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. After the Rams opened as one-point favorites, the Eagles are now favored by a single point. Keep reading to learn more about each team and get our Eagles vs Rams prediction.
Los Angeles Rams Preview
The Rams were fortunate to escape with a win in Week 1 while they opened the spectacular SoFi Stadium. Statistically, Los Angeles out-performed Dallas, although the 20-17 win could have easily gone the other way if not for a controversial call by the refs that favored the Rams. Of course, this game kicks off a stretch of five road games in the next seven weeks, four of which are on the East Coast, giving the Rams a brutal schedule moving forward.
The L.A. offense was a mixed bag in Week 1. On the one hand, they amassed over 400 total yards with running back Malcolm Brown stealing the show with 79 yards and two touchdowns. However, the Rams would prefer to score more than 20 points out of 400 yards. Jared Goff was good but not great against Dallas and failed to get anybody other than Robert Woods engaged in the passing attack.
Defensively, there are some concerns about the Rams despite limiting Dallas to 17 points. The Cowboys averaged five yards per carry with Ezekiel Elliott rushing for nearly 100 yards by himself. On the bright side, the Cowboys didn’t have a play longer than 14 yards all night, meaning the Rams were able to avoid any serious mistakes.
Philadelphia Eagles Preview
For the Eagles, Week 1 was a tale of two halves. In the first half, Philly jumped out to a 17-0 lead, leading 17-7 at the break. However, the Eagles were shutout in the second half and couldn’t hold their lead. They watched Washington score 13 points in the fourth quarter and the final 27 points of the game, dropping the season opener 27-17. The team’s October schedule is brutal, making games at home the next two weeks critical to their season.
It appears that offseason alterations to their offensive line because of injury will be a bigger deal than the Eagles envisioned. With the aging Jason Peters moving to left tackle and Lane Johnson sitting due to injury, the Eagles allowed Carson Wentz to be sacked eight times against Washington. On top of that, they had just 57 rushing yards on 17 carries with Miles Sanders missing the game due to injury. The hope is that Johnson and Sanders will be available this week, but it could take more than that to fix the Philadelphia offense.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Eagles can’t complain too much. Granted, they faced a somewhat limited Washington offense in Week 1. But they gave up just 2.2 yards per carry on the ground and a mere 178 passing yards while sacking Dwayne Haskins three times. All five of Washington’s scoring drives gained fewer than 50 yards with three of them gaining fewer than 30 yards, meaning it was the team’s turnovers and a poor performance from the team’s offense that put the Philadelphia defense in a bad situation.
Eagles vs Rams Prediction
Much of this game hinges on the play of Philadelphia’s offensive line. One can’t help but wonder how a unit that allowed eight sacks last week will handle Aaron Donald. However, if the Eagles can hold up defensively, they should be able to keep the score low and give Wentz and the offense a chance.
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