Game Overview ::
By mike johnson >>
- The Eagles offense continues to hum this season as they have scored at least 25 points in all four games, rank 3rd in the NFL in both rushing offense DVOA and yards per carry and have one of the most explosive and talented passing attacks in the league.
- The Rams have been very efficient offensively this season and will get star wide receiver Cooper Kupp back in some capacity this week.
- Los Angeles will likely have little success running the ball this week and will likely be forced into a high volume of pass attempts due to matchup and game script.
- Philadelphia has huge advantages at the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball.
- We will likely see a very high volume of pass attempts in this game due to how both defenses funnel their opponents.
How philadelphia Will Try To Win ::
The Eagles offense showed the most aggressiveness we’d seen all season in their overtime victory over the Commanders, as Jalen Hurts and AJ Brown each had their best outings of the year. This offense projects to possibly eclipse last season’s dominant offensive performance as the addition of D’Andre Swift has added a dimension of explosiveness and versatility to the backfield and should open up new areas of their playbook as the season progresses. AJ Brown and Devonta Smith are a dynamic duo that generally dominates the receiving game, and their unique skill sets and versatility make them a nightmare for opposing defenses. Meanwhile, tight end Dallas Goedert has primarily been the forgotten man to start this season but will undoubtedly have his moments as the season progresses, as defenses focus on the elite perimeter threats and trying to slow down the freight train dual-threat running game that Swift and Hurts provide.
The Rams defense hasn’t been great this season. They had two relatively good performances against the Seahawks and Bengals, but in reflecting on those games, the offenses looked out of sync, with many of their struggles self-imposed. The 49ers had their way with the Rams, and the Colts had their issues early last week before turning on the offensive jets as the game went on. The Colts head coach is former Eagles offensive coordinator Shane Steichen, and he has been using a very similar approach with Anthony Richardson to the offense he used in Philadelphia with Jalen Hurts. It seems logical that the Eagles will study what the Colts did during their 23-point second half in Week 4 and should be able to implement many of the same concepts that the Rams defense was susceptible against. Both the Colts and Eagles are nearly unstoppable when running plays with multiple options based on reading the defense and leveraging their quarterbacks’ talents to keep defenses on their heels.
The Eagles played at one of the fastest paces in the league last year but started this season playing relatively slowly. They’ve picked it up a bit the last couple of weeks, but I suspect they may be especially aggressive this week after their close call last week against the Commanders. The Rams offense has been excellent this year, and their weakness is their offensive line, so the Eagles approach will likely be to come out with guns blazing to try to take control of the game and let their defense tee off on Matthew Stafford. This does not necessarily mean the Eagles will throw an overwhelming amount, however, because their rushing offense is so dynamic and dominant that they can also break off big chunks in that way. The Rams defense had not faced a dual-threat quarterback before last week, as they were able to hang tough with Geno Smith, Brock Purdy, and the ghost of Joe Burrow. Anthony Richardson and the Colts figured things out against the Rams last week, and although it was too little, too late in that instance, it does pave the way for the Eagles to put up a big score, given the fact that they have a very similar scheme with upgraded talent across the board.