5 Keys to Victory: St. Louis Rams Vs. Philadelphia Eagles – Revisited


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The Rams staged a second half comeback after falling behind 20-7 to the Eagles. Unfortnately, they came up short and fall to 1-3 on the season. Here are Ramblin’ Fan’s 5 Keys to Victory: Revisited after the Rams were defeated 34-28.

1.) Austin Davis must own the offense

Davis delivered a big game against a vulnerable Eagles secondary. He torched them for 375 yards and three touchdowns. Unfortunately, the offensive line could not protect him consistently. The Eagles totaled four sacks and forced two fumbles on Davis, one of which was returned one yard for a touchdown. Through three and a half games, Davis has thrown for 1,129 yards with six touchdowns and three interceptions.

2.) Control the tempo

The Rams owned the time of possession 32:59 to 27:01. They also ran the ball effectively to the tune of 125 yards on 25 carries and a touchdown. However, the Eagles scored twice on quick scores. The first was a blocked punt in the first minute of the game, and the other was the Davis fumble recovery for a touchdown in the third quarter.

3.) Brian Quick vs. Bradley Fletcher

Quick had a great afternoon against Fletcher and the rest of the Eagles secondary. He caught five of his nine targets for 87 yards and two touchdowns. The first score was on a scramble play and the second was a back shoulder fade on the goal line. The third year WR is on pace for 84 catches, 1,288 yards and 12 touchdowns.

4.) Rams D-Line vs. Eagles O-Line

The Eagles definitely won the offensive line battle. They held the advantage in sacks 4-0. The Rams were able to generate pressure but to no avail. Foles shuffled in the pocket and completed passes all over the field. DE Robert Quinn was virtually neutralized against LT Jason Peters. He has yet to record a sack on the season.

5.) Limit explosive plays

The Rams did a good job of containing explosive plays from the Eagles offense for the most part. The longest catch by a wide receiver was 24 yards, and the longest run by a running back was 25 yards. However, Philadelphia scored 14 quick points off of turnovers.

Check back with us next week for our keys to victory when the Rams take on the 49ers.