The surging LA Rams hope to break their six-game losing streak to the Philadelphia Eagles when they travel to Lincoln Financial in their week two matchup. The Rams haven’t beaten the Eagles since 2004 when Marc Bulger was under center and Tory Holt and Isaac Bruce were putting up hall of fame numbers.
Even though the Eagles lost to the lowly Washington Football Team last week, they were without starting running back Miles Sanders, starting right tackle Lane Johnson and starting defensive end Derek Barnett. In addition to getting reinforcements, the Eagles are 11-6 after a loss in their last 17 games. They are also 12-6 in their last 18 home games. However, there aren’t fans and the Rams have the best road winning percentage in the NFL since 2017. So, something has to give and let’s hope it’s in the Rams favor.
Aaron Donald will look to continue his reign of terror against second-year UDFA, Nate Herbig. Herbig, the Eagles right guard will face the ultimate test and the hopefully come out alive.
The key to this game will be the run game. Malcolm Brown, Cam Akers and Darrell Henderson combined for 153 yards on 40 carries against the Dallas Cowboys and will have to top the 100-yard mark against Philly if they have any shot at winning. Since Jim Schwartz joined the Eagles in 2016, his run defense has led the NFL in rushing yards allowed at 92.2.
Of course, this means that the Rams offensive line will have to assert their will. They played well against the Cowboys and will have to repeat that performance week-in and week-out.
Other key matchups to watch are the Eagles defensive backs versus the Rams wide receivers. Former Ram Nickell Roby-Coleman against Coopy Kupp. Darius Slay versus Robert Woods. The advantage might just be the Van Jefferson/Josh Reynolds combo versus Avonte Maddox and our tight end combo against the Eagles linebackers/secondary.