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Los Angeles Rams vs Philadelphia Eagles - NFL Week 2
September 20, 2020
1:00 PM ET
Lincoln Financial Field
About the Rams
The Rams opened brand new So Fi Stadium with a victory over the Cowboys as it was their 4th year straight with a season-opening win. The Rams tried to establish their running game with RB’s Malcolm Brown and rookie Cam Akers as they combined for 118 yards while Brown rushed for 2 TD’s. WR Robert Woods had 6 catches for 105 yards and was targeted 8 times. The turning point in the game was an offensive pass interference call against the Cowboys WR Michael Gallup with 21 seconds left in regulation. The completion would have put the Cowboys in field goal range but was nullified by the penalty. The Rams defense compiled 3 sacks against the Cowboys and it’s a strong possibility that they could have a higher sack total against the Eagles with their depleted offensive line. Expect DL Aaron Donald, LB Leonard Floyd, and DL Michael Brockers to give Eagles QB Carson Wentz fits all afternoon. Donald has 34 sacks since the 2018 season which is the highest total in that span.
About the Eagles
The Eagles blew a 17-0 lead as Washington scored 27 unanswered points to get the win. QB Carson Wentz looked like a different QB in the 2nd half as he made questionable decisions with the football resulting in 3 turnovers. Wentz shouldn’t have to shoulder the entire responsibility for the loss due to his offensive line not performing up to par as they are decimated by injuries but Wentz is too mature and too inexperienced to make some of the simple mistakes he made holding on to the ball too long and making errant throws. It doesn’t get any easier going up against the Rams pass rush. The Eagles also couldn’t get anything going in the running game compiling only 57 yards. TE Dallas Goedert was the only consistent performer on offense with 8 catches for 101 yards and a TD. The Rams only gave up 23 yards receiving on 2 catches to the Cowboys TE’s last week. Wentz loves throwing to his TE’s and against Washington was the 2nd time in his career throwing a TD pass to both of his TE’s in the same game. Despite their problems on offense, the Eagles have the #1 defense in the NFL going into Week 2.
Players to Watch
Aaron Donald (Rams): It could be a long day for the Eagles and Wentz if they can’t keep Donald from disrupting the pocket.
Corey Clement (Eagles): Clement must be able to gain positive yardage in order to take the pressure off of the passing game.
Van Jefferson (Rams): The son of former NFL WR Shawn Jefferson, look for him to become a reliable target for Goff as the season progresses.
Jalen Hurts (Eagles): Hurts should be prepared and ready to play in the event of an injury to Wentz or head coach Doug Pederson could use Hurts in different packages as a decoy to give opponents different looks and force them to adjust their game plans.
The Eagles allowed 8 sacks last week against Washington, the most since Week 4 of 2007.
The Eagles offensive line problems continue as the Rams defense caused multiple turnovers. RB’s Brown and Akers continue to be effective running the football and rack up plenty of yardage on their way to a Rams victory.
Final Score: Rams 27 / Eagles 17