Philadelphia Eagles in Los Angeles Rams, 4:25 pm, FOX
Line: Eagles plus-2 Over / Under: 49.5
If the Rams win, they move to 2 planted in the NFC, positioned for the first round if the playoffs began after this game. It's time to prove that they are legitimate.
The Eagles left first place in the NFC when they lost in Seattle last Sunday night. They are looking for redemption in Los Angeles.
I think the Eagles are the top team, but I was surprised by their mistakes in Seattle. We'll know in a hurry if the Eagles are really contenders this season. Can coach Doug Pederson straighten the Eagles' boat against an electrifying Rams team that plays with a lot of arrogance?
Players and Game Changers
Eagles QB Carson Wentz played his worst game of the season under the bright lights of the national stage last Sunday. While doing some "wow" plays at the end of the game, it was erratic and inaccurate when his team needed consistency. Also, unusually, he turned the ball around at key moments. I absolutely believe in Wentz, and I am sure it will change things after an intense week of study and exhausting practices on the West Coast.
Second-year quarterback Jared Goff was the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. That looked like a massive oversight last season as pick # 2, Carson Wentz drastically overtook Goff. But in 2017, Goff has thrown for 3,184 yards, 20 touchdowns and only 6 interceptions.
However, recently many critics have pointed out that Goff's decision-making may depend to a large extent on radio communication from coach and player Sean McVay. . Is Goff over his head against an Eagles D that will definitely try to confuse him?
How do the Eagles win?
Stop the race. Despite giving ground to RB Mike Davis last week, Philadelphia remains the first in the league against the rush, allowing only 68 yards per game. Making the Rams one-dimensional is the key.
Run the ball. No Eagle RB had double-digit carries last week. The Rams defense is fast and fierce, but it is 27 against the race. It's time to introduce Jay Ajayi.
How do the Rams win?
The Rams are 22 in red zone TD, but tied for 1st in the league in scoring. Translation? They score from the entire field, not just from inside the 20-yard line of their opponents. They can jump to the Eagles with plays by parts.
If Los Angeles can defeat RB Todd Gurley long enough to set the game action pass and take advantage of the speed of the pass, the Eagles' secondary was vulnerable and hit. up sometimes last week.
Ritchie's selection: Eagles 31, Rams 24