Takeaways from Los Angeles Rams week two win vs Philadelphia Eagles

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  • Jared Goff
  • Los Angeles Rams
  • Philadelphia Eagles
  • Tyler Higbee
By Raul Corona September 21, 2020 0 Comment
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The Los Angeles Rams pummeled the Philadelphia Eagles 37 -19. Here are the takeaways from the Rams win vs the Eagles in week two.

The Los Angeles Rams have started 2-0 in 2020. Week two was a win against the Philadelphia Eagles 37 -19 with another outstanding performance by their offense. Here are the takeaways from the Rams win vs the Eagles in week two.

Injuries reveal there is depth on the roster

Running back Cam Akers was off to a good start before going down with a rib injury and ruled out for the game. Darrell Henderson then took over, split carries with Malcolm Brown, and dominated the Eagles defense. The man they call “Hendo” ran for 81 yards and scored two touchdowns, one on the ground and the second one from a Jared Goff pass late in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.

Another guy who went down was left guard Joseph Noteboom, but his absence was not sorely missed as David Edwards stepped in nicely and performed quite well. He held his own against a stout Philadelphia defensive line and paved the way for a successful running game.

Jared Goff is in total control

Goff had the best start to a game for any quarterback this season, completing his first 13 passes. When under duress in the second half, he made the right decisions and never put the ball in jeopardy. Goff was especially effective when changing the plays at the line of scrimmage and diagnosing the defense. Goff is also showing increased mobility, picking up 13 yards on the ground in key situations.

His only mishap in the game happened when he overthrew Darrell Henderson for a sure touchdown due to Brandon Graham lightly affecting his throwing motion.

Sam Sloman might not be the answer at kicker

Sam Sloman was short on most kickoffs and one of them was returned for a big gain, yet it was luckily negated by an illegal block in the back by the Eagles’ special teams.

His last extra point of the day was also blocked because it was too low. As the game was getting tight, it felt like the Rams would lose if it came down to a kick.

Samuel has to improve soon or it will eventually cost the Rams a game.

The offense has arrived

Last week, the offense controlled the time of possession. However, they were unable to capitalize in the red zone. Against Philadelphia, it was close to perfection.

Jared Goff was able to spread the ball around and get multiple players involved. Play-calling by McVay was again superb, as the Eagles defense could do nothing to stop them. Red-zone execution was deadly for most of the day, Los Angeles could have added another easy touchdown in the final drive if they wanted to.

Tyler Higbee is the real deal. He provided that big red-zone target that was much needed last week. He caught three touchdown passes (career-high) and delivered the back-breaker in the fourth quarter. Higbee will have his best season yet.

What should really get fans excited is the fact that the running game and offensive line have been absolutely dominant to start the season. If this unit can sustain this level of play and stay healthy, the Rams will surely be playing football in January.

The defense needs work but is reliableth

Brandon Staley’s unit only gave up two touchdowns and two field goals, but much like last week, allowed 25 first downs, 125 rushing yards, and two rushing touchdowns.

The rush defense is definitely something this unit has to work on, but, like last week, made a key stop in the fourth quarter when Darious Williams intercepted Carson Wentz in the Rams end zone. It feels like it is – bend don’t break – so far for this group.

Micah Kiser continues to improve and was resoundingly better than last week, his tackling was on point and he set the tone by forcing a fumble at the start of the game. Taylor Rapp had more playing time today and looked like he is slowly getting up to speed.

Perhaps the only questionable decision was taking out the starting defensive line when the Rams were up 20 -3. That allowed the Eagles to gain some momentum which made this game somewhat close for a little while. Staley will learn from this.

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