Despite two outstanding defensive showings, the LA Rams offense was the key to winning game two
In week one, the LA Rams put on a stellar performance to defeat the highly touted Dallas Cowboys. The offense looked rejuvenated and at times cut through the Cowboys defense like a hot knife through butter. However, that’s not to say that there weren’t some rough patches. In that one, the Cowboys defense, with the surprise reincarnation of Aldon Smith, did manage to keep the Rams to 20 points which allowed their offense, which played pretty poorly, to have an opportunity to get back into the game.
Even after the Philadelphia Eagles offense struggled against Washington, you had to know it would not stall and extend the same courtesy as Dallas the previous week. And in the end, the Eagles were as formidable as we feared, at times.
Eagles made a game of it, at times
The Rams repeated their stat line of putting up yards like last week., but the Rams showed that they too could finish drives. The Rams knew in this one, that three points were not good enough and touchdowns were necessary. With Eagles OT Lane Johnson and RB Miles Sanders making their debut against the Rams, the Eagles offense rediscovered a bit of their swagger. Not only that, but their defense got a boost from the combination of both DE Brandon Graham and DE Derek Barnett’s return.
In order to counter the Eagles, Rams revitalized quarterback Jared Goff continued to get the ball out quickly this week and the offensive line found a way to hold it all together, especially Andrew Whitworth and Rob Havenstein. Despite the Eagles formidable front four, they were only able to register one quarterback sack.
The Rams offense drives the defense
As long as the Rams finish their drives like this week, their ability to score will take the pressure off of defensive coordinator Brandon Staley and that defense. Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz has the potential to be dangerous when he’s hot, but as expected the Rams defense was able to confuse him enough to trigger two critical interceptions that helped seal the victory.
The Rams pushed early to get a good lead on the scoreboard in this matchup. This was Rams’ head coach Sean McVay’s statement win. The Rams have been unable to defeat the Philadelphia Eagles in two previous attempts. Now with that monkey off the team’s back, they can be confident that they have the ability to defeat any team anywhere.
Predicted score: Rams 38 Eagles 28
Final score: Rams 37 Eagles 19