The Eagles dropped their second game of the season and suffered their first loss since Week 2 in Kansas City. Philadelphia looks to bounce back against the NFC West-leading Los Angeles Rams (9-3) in the second game of a West Coast swing. Looking to get back on track and take back the NFC, the Eagles will need to turn the page as they get set for another game against a playoff contender in the Collesium. Here is the crew’s predictions for the game:
TYLER EDGERTON (10-2)
The Eagles find themselves as an underdog for the first time in a while. The Rams have a well-rounded offensive attack that will pose a different look for the Eagles coaching. Defensively, they have a similar roster to the Eagles in that they have a solid secondary and a great front line even though they play a different scheme (3-4 vs. 4-3). Jared Goff‘s progression has not been something to overlook. However, two of three setbacks the Rams have suffered occurred at home this season.
It’ll be interesting to see how the Eagles bounce back after a lackluster and conservative game plan up in Seattle. Expect Carson Wentz and the gang to be more aggressive as they have all season this week. With a lot on the line, this game will be back and forth. Behind a strong second half, the Eagles come away with a victory.
Final Prediction: Eagles 27, Rams 23
JOE FABIANI (10-2)
This highly anticipated matchup will come down to which QB has the better success in pushing the ball down the field. After 45 passes from Wentz last week, the Eagles need to get back to running the football against the 27th ranked run defense of the Rams.The Eagles will need to contain Gurley not only on the ground, but he is one of the most dynamic players in the passing game. With a lot on the line, I think the Eagles regain that number one seed after a win here and some other losses around the league. Wentz throws for 300 and 2TDs while Ajayi finds the end zone on a 20+ yard run.
Final Prediction: Eagles 27, Rams 21
JOHN PURIFICATO (10-2)
The Eagles are coming off a loss to the Seahawks where both sides of the ball were mediocre and did not play the way this team is capable of performing. The offense was slow to start, and a few times, Carson Wentz shot himself in the foot. On defense, we saw blown coverages and Russell Wilson put on a show.
I expect the Eagles to bounce back this week by putting the pressure on Goff and the offense. Goff hasn’t faced a defense like the Eagles this year and tends to let the pressure get to him. If the Eagles slow down Gurley, they could feast early. Let’s not forget, this game will most likely feel like a mutual field, as the Eagles fans are expected to travel well once again. Offensively, the Eagles have to establish the run early – which they tried to do last week but played scared. The coaches have to trust Wentz to throw the ball and get in an early rhythm. Give me the Eagles in a close shootout.
Final Prediction: Eagles 34, Rams 30
MATTHEW SCOTT (10-2)
Last week against Seattle was ugly in most aspects. Wentz didn’t look terrible, but started off slowly and missed a few big throws which affected the outcome in the end. Moving forward to this week, the Eagles face the Rams in a battle of two of the top three teams in the NFC. Crucial to the Eagles success this week is the passing game once again. The defense of the Rams isn’t as bad as it looks at certain times (Ranked 15th overall), but I do believe the secondary is lacking for Los Angeles. Philadelphia needs to incorporate Alshon Jeffery and Jay Ajayi into the offense to be more successful. If the Eagles do that, they will come out of LA win a win. Give me the Eagles in a close one with the final touchdown coming late for the birds.
Final Prediction: Eagles 27, Rams 25
TYLAR POMROY (9-3)
Last week the game certainly didn’t go the way that the Eagles wanted it to in Seattle. But if anything, the game should serve as a lesson that the team needs to be ready for big conference games on the road. Luckily, the Eagles will be playing the Rams in Los Angeles and everyone knows what happened earlier this season against the Chargers. This could be another home game on the road for the Birds if Eagles fans show up to the stadium in full force and take away the Rams’ home-field advantage. This will be the first-ever matchup between the first and second overall picks of the 2016 draft – one game that could change the playoff landscape moving forward. Both Wentz and Goff have improved tremendously this season but winning this game will come down to which quarterback is the better leader.
Final Prediction: Eagles 28, Rams 21
BRETT SANTOS (7-5)
The Eagles come into this game essentially facing adversity for the first time all season. If the Eagles do end up losing this game, many fans will head straight into panic mode. If they win, momentum is back on their side and the path to a bye in the playoffs looks clear. While the Rams are a very good football team, they are more similar to the Eagles than the Seahawks are in the fact that they are a younger football team with minimal late-season experience. Although they are a very balanced offense, the most dangerous aspect of the LA offense is the running game. Todd Gurley has been running over teams all season with 939 yards – making him the third leading rusher in the league. It was a bit concerning last week how the Eagles struggled to stop Mike Davis, but that was in part due to the need to contain Russel Wilson.
I see the Eagles doing a decent job stopping Gurley this week and making Goff do much of the damage. Similar to last week, this will be a defensive battle, but the Eagles forcing turnovers against Goff. I think the Eagles match up with the Rams a lot better than they do with the Seahawks and they will surprise a lot of people. Expect Wentz to get back on track and a somewhat statement for the Eagles.
Final Prediction: Eagles 22, Rams 13
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