Los Angeles Rams three keys to beat the Philadelphia Eagles in week 2

Los Angeles Rams three keys to beat the Philadelphia Eagles in week 2

  • aaron donald
  • Alshon Jeffery
  • Cam Akers
  • carson wentz
  • Dallas Goedert
  • Doug Pederson
  • Jared Goff
  • Jordan Fuller
  • Lane Johnson
  • Leonard Floyd
  • Los Angeles Rams
  • Michael Brockers
  • Nickell Robey-Coleman
  • Philadelphia Eagles
  • Sean McVay
  • Taylor Rapp
  • Tyler Higbee
  • Week 2
  • Zack Ertz
By Raul Corona September 18, 2020 0 Comment
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The Rams will face the Eagles on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field. These are the three keys to beat the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 2.

The Philadelphia Eagles are coming home after an ugly Week one loss against the Washington Football Team. The Eagles surrendered eight sacks and blew a comfortable lead and are heading into another difficult matchup for their banged offensive line, this time facing the Rams.

The hostile environment that visiting teams experience at Lincoln Financial Field will be a non-factor since there will be no fans in the stands. The Rams do have to travel all the way to Philly but Sean McVay has never lost a 1 P.M. game in the eastern time zone.

Philadelphia is still a tough team to beat. Doug Pederson is a Super Bowl-winning coach and they have talent all across their roster. Do not let week one fool you. The Eagles are a playoff team.

With that in mind. Let’s look at the Los Angeles Rams three keys to beat the Philadelphia Eagles in Week two.

Dominate their offensive line and pressure Wentz

The eight sacks surrendered to a stellar Washington defensive line indicate that this is a mismatch favoring the Rams. But do not buy into this unit being a pushover just yet.

The Eagles were without their best starter in right tackle Lane Johnson, who has been cleared to play against Los Angeles. The rest of this unit features all-pro center Jason Kelce, aging left tackle Jason Peters and a couple of solid but not outstanding guards in Isaac Seumalo and Nate Herbig.

All things considered, and on paper, this is still a great offensive line. But in the NFL you are only as good as your last game. And even though it is highly unlikely that this unit will give up eight sacks again, the Rams defensive line has every possibility of thoroughly dominating Philadelphia’s offensive line on Sunday.

Moving Aaron Donald around the line and putting him in one-on-one situations, especially against either guard is the best way to cause damage. But if he gets double or even triple-teamed, Leonard Floyd, Michael Brockers, or even Samson Ebukam must make plays and get to Carson Wentz.

If the Rams defensive line can maintain the performance level showed last week, then Carson Wentz is up for a rough day.

Neutralize their tight ends

Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert are probably the league’s best tight end group. Last week, Goedert caught eight passes for 101 yards. Ertz only had three receptions for 18 yards, but he is still the starter on the depth chart.

Los Angeles must find a way to neutralize their productivity on the field. The bad news is that the Rams linebacker group is not the best by any measure. The good news is that Brandon Staley knows this and will likely assign one of his talented defensive backs to cover the Eagles’ tight ends.

Expect Jordan Fuller, Taylor Rapp or even Troy Hill to shadow them through most of the game and limit their production. It is also important to point out that with Alshon Jeffery out and Desean Jackson’s limited playing time last week, their receivers do not match up well against the Rams secondary.

Playing man-to-man against the Eagles wide receivers and bringing that extra defender close to the line of scrimmage to help contain Ertz and Goedert will provide great support for the Rams linebackers and take away Wentz’s best targets.

Red zone efficiency must be better

The Rams had no trouble moving the ball against the Cowboys last Sunday. The Rams rushed for 153 yards, threw for 269, finished with a time of possession of 35:38. They also got inside the red zone five times, but all of this only translated into 20 points.

Sean McVay addressed this after the game, and he is probably planning to be more aggressive than usual in the red zone. But who are they up against?

The Eagles defense features an aggressive defensive line anchored by all-pro defensive tackle Fletcher Cox and a secondary that includes one of the league’s top cornerbacks in Darius Slay. They also have Ram cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman.

But Philadelphia’s linebackers are not much to write about, especially with Brandon Graham‘s participation in jeopardy after being placed in concussion protocol.

The recipe for success will be to run more of those misdirection plays seen early against Dallas, run outside the tackles, and force their linebackers to make plays.

Once the Rams reach the red zone, Tyler Higbee should be targeted often since he will be matched up favorably against a linebacker or safety. Cam Akers is also a reliable pass threat coming out of the backfield.

And finally, don’t be shocked to see Jared Goff go into full giraffe mode and score a rushing touchdown off of a play-action play.

Prediction

The Rams hand the Eagles their second loss of the year 28-14. Los Angeles’ defense sacks Carson Wentz three times and records one interception. Jared Goff throws three touchdowns passes and Cam Akers has 100+ scrimmage yards.

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