The Los Angeles Rams are coming off a big 20-17 victory over the Dallas Cowboys last Sunday. Now, they face a burned Philadelphia Eagles offense that fell 27-17 to the Washington Football Team in Week 1. The Rams look to earn win number two in their first away game of the 2020 season. The Eagles look to redeem themselves in their first home game this season. They suffered an embarrassing offensive collapse after blowing a 17-0 lead for most of the first half.
The Rams offense looked improved against the Cowboys. Their running game has turned 180 degrees from last season. A stronger offensive line and a running back-by-committee approach proved successful on their first drive. Running back Malcolm Brown rushed in both Rams’ touchdowns with 18 carries for 79 yards. He also had three catches for 31 yards. Wide receiver Robert Woods led with six receptions for 105 yards. His electrifying screen catches gained huge yardage on their first drive. Quarterback Jared Goff threw 20 passes on 31 attempts for 275 yards. He had one interception and was sacked once. The Rams want to continue their strong running game and loaded passing attack against Philadelphia.
The Eagles offense looked good on paper, but the stats did not tell the whole story. Quarterback Carson Wentz had 24 completions on 42 attempts for 270 yards and two touchdowns. He also had two interceptions and was sacked eight times. Those mistakes cost them dearly as Washington capitalized on the turnovers and halted drives. Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert led in receiving with eight catches for 101 yards and one touchdown.Tight end Zack Ertz scored their only other touchdown, finishing a quick six-play, 62-yard drive in the first quarter. Running back Boston Scott led with nine carries for 35 yards. Philadelphia may continue to utilize their tight ends and tighten up their offensive line to protect Wentz. They were also missing starting running back Miles Sanders due to a hamstring injury.
The Rams defensive line will not make it easy for the Eagles offense. Philadelphia had offensive line trouble against Washington. Rams star defensive tackle Aaron Donald will be double teamed for sure in this matchup, but Donald will work the line to collapse on Wentz. Donald penetrated and pushed back the Cowboys O-line in Week 1 and may do even more damage to the Eagles O-line. He had four tackles and four quarterback hits. Donald, defensive end Michael Brockers and EDGE Leonard Floyd each had one sack on Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott.
Rookie safety Jordan Fuller led with eight tackles. Fuller played 71 of 72 defensive snaps. Early in the fourth quarter, he had a huge stop when Dallas decided to go for it on fourth down instead of kicking a critical field goal. Linebacker Micah Kiser had seven tackles and two passes defended. Cornerback Jalen Ramsey had six tackles and one pass defended.
The Eagles defense boasts linebacker Nathan Gerry and safeties Rodney McLeod and Duke Riley. Gerry led Philadelphia with 10 tackles (two for a loss). McLeod had eight tackles and two passes defended. Riley had six tackles, half a sack and one quarterback hit. Up front, defensive lineman T.Y. McGill, Vinny Curry and Genard Avery each had half a sack against Washington, and all have a total of four quarterback hits.
In previous matchups with the Eagles, the Rams have lost them all since 2005. The odds do not look good, but a stronger Rams offense this season may change that. The Rams defense is also stronger as the defensive backfield still boasts stars like Ramsey, safety John Johnson and Troy Hill.
The Rams may pull this one off. Wentz’s trouble may continue with a somewhat makeshift O-line to protect him. Though both Lane Johnson and Jason Peters are expected to play. Wentz tends to keep the ball a little too long and continues to make bad decisions even in his fifth year in the league. The Rams offense has a much more balanced attack this year, which will likely be the deciding factor of this game.
You can catch the game on September 20 at 10 a.m. Pacific Time on Fox.