Following a brutal opening week loss to the Washington Football Team, the Eagles will look to quickly get back on track against a tough L.A. Rams opponent.
The Eagles and Carson Wentz looked to be in complete control in the early stages of last week’s encounter, but a late collapse doomed them in terms of securing the victory. They clearly missed the skill and pace of key RB Miles Sanders, and by all accounts – he’ll be back for Week 2 vs. the Rams.
For Los Angeles, they opened their new stadium with a fairly convincing win against a talented and yet over-hyped Cowboys’ squad. Jared Goff looked poised in his command of Sean McVay’s offense, and the amount of continuity surely helped the Rams in Week 1.
This match should be fascinating, especially with all of the pressure on the Eagles after just one game. Following a dismal campaign in 2019, Philadelphia has too much talent to wallow away in mediocrity. Can the Eagles bounce back? Keep reading beneath the posted odds for our take, as well as some key betting analysis for this Week 2 featured showdown.
Los Angeles Rams vs. Philadelphia Eagles Betting Odds:
Los Angeles Rams +1 (-105)
Philadelphia Eagles -1 (-115)
Over 45.5 (-110)
Under 45.5 (-110)
*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag
Los Angeles Rams vs. Philadelphia Eagles Pick:
If you’ve been monitoring the betting lines in the lead-up to this kick-off, the betting lines have been all over the place. The Rams have been favoured for much of the week, while now it looks like the Eagles will finish as the rightful favourites. And that is the correct call, as the market has wildly overreacted to Philly’s loss last week.
Much of that line movement can be attributed to the Eagles’ top guy on the offensive line, Lane Johnson. He was out last week and Philly couldn’t stop anyone from getting after Carson Wentz. Now, he is slated to be back and that should be huge with pass protection and creating running lanes for the elusive Miles Sanders.
Running the ball should be seen as a safety net for Wentz in this contest. Throwing deep downfield will likely prove to be difficult against the Rams’ secondary. That said, the Eagles have excellent tight-ends in Dallas Goedert and Zach Ertz. Look for Wentz to rely on that duo for short-to-medium gains. Boston Scott is also a good pass-catching option out of the backfield that could trouble the Rams’ linebackers. With added protection, Philly should find more success in Week 2.
Last week, one thing the Eagles did really well was clamp down on the run game. The Rams have a nice three-pronged attack out of their backfield, but none of them possess the creativity or power to bust through the Philly front. If the Eagles can stifle the run, it’s going to really force Jared Goff to make huge plays downfield with his arm against an improved Philadelphia secondary.
With added focus and an emphasis on securing a victory already taking priority, look for a renewed sense of purpose from the Eagles here in Week 2. They’re healthy along the offensive line, and getting Miles Sanders back adds another layer of explosiveness to an already talented offense. The lookahead line for this clash was once -3.5 to the Eagles, so the line movement remains a tad puzzling – especially given Lane Johnson being back. Expect a tight, low-scoring affair, but one in which the Eagles secure victory.