The Philadelphia Eagles will host the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday afternoon. The Eagles will be looking for their first win of the season after being upset as a 5.5-point favorite, 27-17 at Washington last Sunday. The Rams have the opportunity to start 2-0 after defeating the Dallas Cowboys 20-17 on Sunday night as a one-point favorite. These historic franchises last met on December 16, 2018, when the Eagles won 30-23 as a 13.5-point underdog.
Coming into this season, both the Eagles and Rams have +1300 odds to win the NFC, which places them 7th in the conference according to Vegas' predictions.
The Eagles have gone from -3.5 down to -1.5 with the Rams snatching up 72% of the bets.
The OU Line has gone from 48 down to 45.5, despite the Over getting 54% of the bets.
Gametime Weather: Sunny with temps in the lower 60s.
Rams knock off Cowboys with a little helpAfter going 13-3 during the 2018 regular season and losing in the Super Bowl, the Rams missed the playoffs with a 9-7 record last year. The Rams started this season with a home win over the Dallas Cowboys, who have the 4th best odds to come out of the NFC this season at +850.
This offensive pass interference call on Michael Gallup negated a 47-yard gain that would've put the Cowboys in range for a game-tying FG. pic.twitter.com/Ebafc7ealj— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 14, 2020
Los Angeles outgained Dallas 422 to 380 in total yards. The Rams also limited their penalties to five for 34 yards.
Jared Goff completed 20 of 31 passes for 275 yards and threw one interception, which was the only turnover in the game committed by either team. Both Rams touchdowns came from Malcolm Brown, who rushed for 79 yards on 18 carries. Overall the Eagles rushed for 153 yards on 40 carries as a team.
Defensively, the Rams held star running back Ezekiel Elliott to under 100 yards (96 on 22 carries). They also held the ball for 35:38 as head coach Sean McVay made sure that the Rams kept possession with short, quick passes from Goff to hold off the strong Dallas' pass rush.
The Rams also benefited from a controversial, offensive pass interference call late in the fourth quarter that wiped out a 47-yard gain for the Dallas Cowboys that could have potentially changed the outcome of the game.
Los Angeles’s Injury Report
Questionable: TE Gerald Everett
Out: LB Terrell Lewis, DE Justin Lawler, and LB Travin Howard
Eagles blow 17-0 leadThe Philadelphia Eagles went 9-7 in 2019 and saw their season end with a 17-9 home loss to the Seattle Seahawks in the wild card round. In the 2020 season opener, Philadephia jumped out to a 17-0 lead with 2:30 remaining in the fourth quarter and also outgained Washington 265 to 239 yards for the game. However, the Eagles did commit three turnovers in the game that proved costly and did not force any turnovers out of Washington, which partially contributed to 27 straight unanswered points by Washington.
Largest comeback against Philly in franchise history ✅— Washington Football Team (@WashingtonNFL) September 13, 2020
Most sacks in a single game since 2014 ✅
First Week 1 home victory since 2011 ✅
First NFC East victory since Week 8 of 2018 ✅
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Carson Wentz went 24 of 42 and threw for 270 yards with two touchdowns and two picks, and was also sacked eight times for a total loss of 62 yards. As a team, the Eagles only rushed for 57 yards on 17 attempts for the game. Tight-end Dallas Goedert led the Eagles with eight catches for 101 yards and a touchdown.
The big concern for Philadelphia is an offensive line that was wrecked by injuries in the offseason. First, it was star left guard Brandon Brooks who tore his Achilles before camp thus ending his season. Then in late August, they lost left tackle Andre Dillard to a season-ending biceps injury. Jason Peters was signed and took over at guard until Dillard's injury. He then moved to left tackle and struggled in the opener. RT Lane Johnson (ankle) also missed the opener, but is expected to return on Sunday.
Philadelphia’s Injury Report
Questionable: DE Brandon Graham and RB Miles Sanders
Out: DE Vinny Curry, OG Brandon Brooks, DB Brandon Brooks, WR Quez Watkins, and WR Alshon Jeffery
- Eagles are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games
- Eagles are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games in September
- Rams are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 road games
- Rams are 5-1 in their last 6 games as a road underdog
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Eagles must do a much better job protecting the football and Carson Wentz to avoid an 0-2 start. Philadephia allowed eight sacks last week against Washington, and this week they get to see one of the best pass rushers in the game in Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald who had one sack and four hits on Dallas quarterback Dak Prescot in week 1. The Rams were 5th in the NFL with 3.1 sacks per game last season and opened up with three sacks, and seven quarterback hits in the opening game. I think the Rams' defensive pressure will be the difference and lead them to the road victory.
Prediction: Rams +1
Full-Game Total Pick
The Eagles look like they still have a lot of work to do offensively, and as mentioned, I expect the Rams pass rush to cause a lot of problems against them. The Rams did a decent job limiting a more talent Cowboys offense to just 17 points last week.
Philadephia only allowed 239 total yards in the opening game, and although they will face a better opponent this week, the Rams offense only appears to be average. Overall I see both teams further along defensively than they are offensively right now, so I will take the under.
Prediction: Under 46.5