The last time the Rams faced the Eagles, it was the kickoff game in 2008 and the Rams were routed 38-3. The Rams will hope to get some measure of revenge this week.
Here’s the link to the map for the game. The whole West Coast gets the game, plus from Missouri down to Texas and most of the mid Atlantic and New England. Except for Boston. Sorry, Boston friends.
What to Watch For
- Mike Vick, Mike Vick, Mike Vick – The Rams entire defense will be focused on the Eagles quarterback and his big play ability. They will have to force him to his right, contain him and tackle him when they have the chance.
- Eagles Offensive Line – The Eagles offensive line is in somewhat of a disarray. They are starting two rookies, one whom is “overwhelmed”. The Rams blitzing scheme will do their best to increase that feeling for the Eagles rookies. If the Rams blitz, they will have to get to Vick, because otherwise they will be burned.
- Desean Jackson – As you can see in the photo above, Jackson burned the Rams in his rookie debut on returns and receiving. The Rams physical corners will have to get their hands on Jackson inside the 5 yard chuck zone and take him out of his game early. If they allow him to run free, they will have a long day of chasing him around the field.
- Rams Receivers – Just like every team last year, the Eagles will most likely line up to stop the run and the short passes and make Sam Bradford throw deep to move the offense. It will be up to the Rams receivers to get open down the field with 1 on 1 coverage to move the offense down the field.
- Don’t Sit On Defense – In the past, Coach Spagnuolo has relied on his defense too much, to the point where they get tired at the end of games and give up big plays. The offense will need to pull their weight in the 2nd half, keeping the defense fresh for chasing around Vick, Jackson, Maclin and McCoy.
- Rookie MLB – The Eagles are starting a rookie middle linebacker in Casey Matthews. Matthews will be relaying plays for the defense. It will be up to Sam Bradford and Josh McDaniels to confuse Matthews in his first NFL game after struggles in the preseason.
- Josh McDaniels v Juan Castillo – The Eagles moved their offensive line coach to defensive coordinator this offseason. He will be matching wits with Josh McDaniels on the Rams side. It will be up to McDaniels to keep Castillo on his heels in his first regular season NFL game calling defense plays.