Rams vs Eagles

The Los Angeles Rams will host the Philadelphia Eagles in an NFC battle Sunday night from the LA Memorial Coliseum. The Eagles lost 29-23 in overtime to the Cowboys last week, and the Rams are coming off a 15-6 road loss to the Bears. The Eagles tallied a 43-35 road win against the Rams last season.

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The Philadelphia Eagles had a two game winning streak snapped in a costly 29-23 overtime road loss to the Cowboys last week. The Eagles are now two games back of Dallas for first place in the NFC East, and one game out of the Wildcard. Carson Wentz played well in the defeat, notching 228 passing yards with three TD’s. The third-year QB has tossed five touchdowns in his last two games, and he has 3074 passing yards with a 21:7 TD to INT ratio in 11 games on the season.

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That puts Nick Foles up against his former Rams team with the Eagles needing a miracle. At 6-7, three wins would likely earn them the six seed in the NFC playoff race but they’ll need to beat the 11-2 Rams in L.A., the 9-4 Houston Texans, and the 6-7 Washington Redskins on the road in order to qualify. It’s a daunting task for the team even if they were at 100 percent; instead, the odds are stacked against the Eagles even mounting a Super Bowl defense.

They’ll run into an angry Rams team looking to prove themselves after an ugly loss to the Chicago Bears on the road last Sunday night. It cost them control of their own destiny as the team seeks home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. In order to have a chance, they’ll likely need to sweep their final three games with the Eagles their only serious obstacle. After that looms two opponents, the Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers, with a combined record of 6-20.

Can the Rams take care of business? Or will Foles rise up to create another edition of the Philly special as he auditions for a role elsewhere in 2019?

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The Eagles have plenty of reasons they’ve fallen far behind the Rams in 2018. But one of them was left completely to the football gods. Just check this week’s injury report, where not a single Ram is listed with a physical problem as of Thursday’s writing. They’ve had a few setbacks, most notably wide receiver Cooper Kupp out for the year after tearing his ACL, but have most of their top-tier players in mint condition 14 weeks into the year.

The Eagles running game continues to struggle in the absence of Jay Ajayi. Josh Adams leads the way with 412 rushing yards on a rushing offense that ranks 28th in the NFL. Eagles’ receiving leader Zach Ertz only brought in 38 receiving yards last week, and the 28-year old tight end has 1016 receiving yards on the season.

The Eagles offense is leaning on their passing game heavily and as a result, they have not been able to generate consistent offense. The Philadelphia defense has dealt with several injuries to their secondary which has impacted their pass defense which ranks 30th in the NFL. They have played well in three straight games considering the plethora of injuries. The Eagles are scoring an average of 21.6 points, ranking them 21st in the NFL. They are holding opponents to 22.7 points, placing them 13th overall. Philadelphia stands at 2-4 on the road this season.

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