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#261 Los Angeles Rams -1 vs.
#262 Philadelphia Eagles 48.5
Sunday, September 20, 2020 at 1:00pm EDT
Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia
Written by Adam Rauzino

The Los Angeles Rams head to Philadelphia to battle the Eagles in an NFC clash on Sunday afternoon from Lincoln Financial Field. The Rams enter with confidence after topping the Cowboys 20-17 last week. The Eagles will be eager to return to the field after a disappointing 27-17 road defeat to Washington. One of the big storylines is the pass protection of Carson Wentz against the Rams’ threatening pass rush after the Eagles' QB was sacked eight times in week one. These teams last met in 2018 in a battle the Eagles took 30-23.

Rams Top Cowboys in Week One Showdown

The Los Angeles Rams head on the road where they went 4-4 last season. Sean McVay and his Rams had their offense clicking in a 20-17 home win agains the Cowboys last Sunday night to cover the one-point spread. The Rams field mostly the same roster as last season.

Jared Goff was solid last week, recording 275 passing yards although he did not register a TD and threw one interception. The 25-year old QB did not have a strong season in 2019. While he collected over 4500 passing yards, he often made mistakes as he tossed 16 interceptions compared to 22 TD’s. The Rams have a bit of a different look on the ground. Todd Gurley departed in free agency and they will be relying on Malcolm Brown more often. They also drafted Cam Akers in the second round. Brown and Akers split the duties last week with Brown leading the way with 79 rushing yards.

The Rams receiving core is stacked once again. Robert Woods had a strong season debut against the Cowboys, bringing in 105 yards. The 28-year old has tallied over 1000 receiving yards in two straight seasons.

The Rams defense is off to a promising start. While they did give up 380 yards to a good Cowboys defense they limited them to 3 for 12 on third downs. Overall, the L.A. defense wasn’t quite as threatening as expected in 2019 but still have stars all over the field led by Aaron Donald on the line and Jalen Ramsey at cornerback.

L.A. plays in arguably the toughest division in the NFL and the week one triumph against the Cowboys is a very good sign. The Rams averaged 24.6 points last year, ranking them 11th overall. They allowed an average of 22.8 points, placing them 17th in the NFL.

Eagles Look to Rebound from Week 1 Disappointment

The Philadelphia Eagles were expected to win their week one opener. They were 5.5 point favorites and built a 17-0 lead only to watch it crumble in a 27-17 defeat to the rebuilding Washington Football team. The Eagles are a solid club but will need a more convincing effort going forward. Carson Wentz threw for 270 yards with two touchdowns but was picked off twice and sacked eight times last week. The 27-year old QB had a remarkable 2019 season, collecting over 4000 passing yards with a 27:7 TD to INT ratio.

The Eagles went with Boston Scott and Corey Clement on the ground as #1 RB Miles Sanders sat out with a hamstring injury and is questionable for this one. Scott went down a lower-body injury in week one and is day-to-day. Philly has a solid receiving core led by tight ends Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert who tallied 101 receiving yards last week. Dean Jackson should also be targeted several times in this clash.

The Eagles’ defense has effective players at all positions. They actually held Washington to only 239 total yards last week, but have a bigger challenge against Goff and the Rams. Philly’s secondary has been plagued with injuries in the past and they acquired #1 corner Darius Slay from the Lions who should help their pass defense.

Philly could challenge Dallas for first place in the NFC East. They averaged 24.1 points in 2019, good for 12th in the NFL. They conceded an average of 22.1 points, placing them 15th overall.

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I am siding with the Rams in this one. I can’t go against the Rams as a one-point favorite even if they are on the road. Los Angeles did not play to their potential in 2019 and I believe they will closely resemble the team that went 13-3 two years ago. The Rams’ effective pass rush is going to cause problems for the Eagles who could not protect Wentz last week. The Eagles QB was sacked an incredible eight times.

Furthermore, the Rams’ offense was productive against a good Cowboys defense in week one. The Eagles’ pass defense is still a question mark even with the addition of Darius Slay.  They ranked in the bottom half of the NFL against the pass in 2019 and allowed Dwayne Haskins to lead a comeback last week. Lastly, the Eagles could struggle on the ground with both Boston Scott and Miles Sanders questionable.

Prediction: Los Angeles Rams -0.5

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I expect this one to be a defensive battle more than an offensive shootout. As good as the Rams were on offense last week, they still only scored 20 points and they are on the road in this game. L.A. only averaged 3.8 yards per attempt on the ground against Dallas and the Eagles rush defense is likely going to be near the top of the NFL. The under is 6-1 in the Rams’ last seven games as a favorite of 0.5 to 3.5 points.

In addition, the Rams’ defense features big names all over the field. Wentz will probably record a decent amount of passing yards but the sacks will cost him, not to mention he tossed two picks last week. L.A. held Dallas to 17 points and they should contain the Eagles. The under is 7-0 in the Eagles’ last seven home games.

Prediction: Under 46
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Written By Adam Rauzino

Adam has been a sports fanatic his entire life, closely following hockey, baseball, basketball and football. Adam enjoys analyzing various stats, as well as studying Sabermetrics and analytics to take his picks to a whole new level. Adam has a passion for writing about various sports as well as personal finance and has brought his talents to us here at Winners and Whiners. He graduated with a diploma in business marketing and business finance.