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RAMS vs EAGLES – Game Preview

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If there were ever a time in the 2014 season when the Philadelphia Eagles looked vulnerable it would be now. The Eagles scored zero offensive points in last week’s contest against the 49ers. The 49ers defense is pretty good but not as good as they have been in recent past. The 49ers did win the offensive blunder award for giving up 3 defensive scores (actually 1 defensive and 2 special teams) and for doing their absolute best trying to lose the game while somehow coming away with a win. The Rams are very familiar with the offensive blunder award and are more likely than most to win it any given Sunday.

The 49ers were able to win against the Eagles because they eliminated Philly’s run game. Eagles RB McCoy was a beast in his first 2 appearances of the season, but last weekend he ran for a meager 17 yards on 10 attempts. This meant the Eagles had to rely on QB Nick Foles and the receiving core to get the job done (they didn’t). Foles is a competent QB along the vein of Sam Bradford, but he is not able to take the weight of the entire game on his shoulders and run with it. Plus, the Eagles offense is much easier to defend when it’s one dimensional.

The Eagles have a 2014 record of 3-1, but like I said they are suddenly looking a little vulnerable. The Rams need to play the same game as the SF 49ers less the turnovers. Shutting down the running game is much easier said than done for the Rams. In week 1 against the Vikings the Rams gave up 185 yards on the ground, 157 against the Bucs in week 2, and 123 against Dallas in week 3. The Rams defense as a whole is ranked 29th in the NFL, but if you look at the numbers you see a week over week improvement against the run. Maybe the Greg Williams philosophy is starting to kick in. We won’t know for sure until we see the outcome of this upcoming game.

If the Rams took full advantage of their bye week they will come back rested, aggressive, and organized. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, we can win this game (every game) if we can just master the fundamentals: make tackles, protect our QB, pressure their QB, limit penalties, no turnovers, earn an average of 4 yards per rush, and spread the offensive field. We don’t need to be superstars in any one area; we just need to play fundamentally sound. Getting a win here against the Eagles is key as we head into the rough part of our schedule.  

I can’t wait for the game. Go Rams!!!


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