Preseason schedule makers undoubtedly saw this week’s game between the Eagles and Rams as a battle between the defending Super Bowl champs and a young team trying to swipe that title from them.
Technically, they are still right, but the Eagles sub-.500 record takes a significant luster off the marquee. Philadelphia lost a golden opportunity to forge a tie atop the NFC East when they let the Cowboys escape with an overtime win.
Dallas’ acquisition of Amari Cooper continues to have a much bigger impact than Golden Tate’s presence in Philadelphia. It seemed almost fitting that a desperate swipe at a Dak Prescott pass only served to pop the ball up and place it in Cooper’s hands for the winning score.
The Eagles have had their share of injuries to be sure. Perhaps it is the cumulative effect, but the team is not exhibiting the “circle the wagons” attitude that followed last season’s loss of Carson Wentz.
If Philadelphia is thinking about sneaking up on the powerful Rams, perhaps the worst thing that happened in Week 14 was the Rams’ offense taking it on the chin against the Bears. Their 15-6 defeat at the hands of the NFC North leaders will only make Todd Gurley, Jared Goff, and the rest anxious to re-establish their place as the most powerful offense in the league
Injuries and notes
Rams running back Malcolm Brown (collarbone) and cornerback Dominique Hatfield (ankle) were placed on injured reserve Tuesday. There are no other names on the Rams’ Wednesday injury report.
The hits keep on coming for the Eagles. Quarterback Carson Wentz is expected to sit out this game with a back injury. Corey Clement (knee) and defensive end Josh Sweat were placed on injured reserve.
Only two cornerbacks are listed as questionable. Jalen Mills was placed on injured reserve last Saturday.
Despite the Eagles’ fall from Super Bowl grace, their coach, Doug Pederson, is feeling no pressure from ownership about his job status. In what could truly be considered a Christmas miracle, most Eagles fans are forgiving him, too. Forgiveness is not something Philadelphia fans are known for, but when you can field a better team off your injured reserve list than you can put on the field, expectations are lower all around.
Sean McVay gave all the credit for last week’s loss to the Bears’ defense, but you know it had to kill him that his own defense’s best scoring game was wasted. Look for some razzle-dazzle to get Goff and company back into a rhythm Sunday.
How to watch the Eagles-Rams game
These teams will play in the Sunday Night primetime slot, which means NBC Sports will air the contest across the nation.
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Who will win the Eagles-Rams game?
Both teams would like to bounce back from disappointing losses in Week 14. But, only one team has potential All-Pro starters at every skill (and several other) positions.