With just a few weeks left of the regular season, the (10-2) Philadelphia Eagles head to the Los Angeles Coliseum to take on the (9-3) LA Rams, in what could be the biggest game left on the schedule (4:25pm ET Sunday).
Both the Eagles and Rams are still very much alive in the race to be the NFC’s best team, a distinction that currently belongs to the (10-2) Minnesota Vikings. However, that ambition could be cut short for the losing team, especially if it’s the Rams as they would be two games back of Minnesota and Philadelphia, depending on Sunday’s other results. No doubt, there are some high stakes attached to this one.
Goff and Wentz Prepare for their First Meeting
In 2016, both the Rams and Eagles made some major trades leading up to that year’s draft, trades that really set the course for both franchises. Both teams, desperate for their next great quarterback, decided to jump up the draft board to ensure they got their man. For the Rams, that was Jared Goff at the first overall spot and for the Eagles, that was Carson Wentz at the second.
Since that draft, both franchises have seen their fortunes turn around, specifically this year, now that both quarterbacks are no longer rookies and have had a chance to adapt to the offense around them.
Wentz, who led the Eagles to a 7-9 record and last in the NFC East, played well if not spectacular in his rookie season. But now, with his team staked to a 10-2 record and their first divisional win in several years, Wentz has gone from good to great. He is in the MVP conversation and is second favorite to win with the USA online bookies.
Across the country, Goff’s first season in LA was a little bit rougher. In seven games, Goff was little more than average at best, less than average at worst. A lot can change in a year and Goff’s comfortability under center has evolved in a big way. The 23-year-old has far exceeded his rookie year stats and with 20 touchdowns, six interceptions and over 3,100 yards passing, Goff has ascended to become one of the top 10 quarterbacks in the league.
He’s not Wentz, who is on pace to break all of his rookie numbers, not to mention lead the NFL in touchdowns, which he does currently with 29 in 14 games. Wentz also ranks sixth in the league in rating with 102.
Wentz and Goff are vying to be the best #1 and #2 drafted QB combo in NFL history and this year, they are proving why that is more than a possibility. Not only are both young men excelling but they are also leading their teams to their best records in quite a few years.
Sunday marks their first head-to-head meeting since the draft and one thing is known, the next great NFL quarterbacks will both be playing in that game.
Eagles vs. Rams Betting Statistics
- The Rams are 1-10-1 ATS in their last 12 games against the Eagles.
- Philadelphia is 9-1 SU in their last 10 games.
- The total has gone under in four of LA’s last six games.
- The Eagles are 5-2 ATS in their last seven games on the road.
Our Preview’s Philadelphia Eagles at LA Rams Betting Picks & Predictions
Considered the hottest team in the NFL, the Eagles’ hopes at securing the first overall seed in the NFC for the playoffs took a bit of a hit last week as they lost to the (8-4) Seattle Seahawks. It was the first game all season where Wentz really looked off balance. It didn’t help that he was without his top pass-catching weapon in tight end Zach Ertz.
The Rams picked up a big win when they defeated the (5-7) Arizona Cardinals, allowing them to stay firmly in the race for that top seed as well. Goff didn’t exactly have his best game, but the rest of the offense and defense picked him up. The week prior, against another top NFC team in the (9-4) New Orleans Saints, Goff shone, having his second best game in terms of total passing yards, this season.
The biggest issue for the Eagles last week was Russell Wilson and how he managed to really pick apart what had previously been seen as a pretty strong Eagles defense. Wilson showed that strong quarterback play may be Philadelphia’s biggest weakness and Goff will certainly be bringing strong QB play on Sunday. His lack of mobility, compared to Wilson, could be a determining factor as to how the Eagles fare against LA’s offense.
Philadelphia boasts a solid offense themselves, with the league’s second ranked rushing attack. Backs Legarette Blount and Jay Ajayi will be in position to feast on Sunday when they face LA’s 27th ranked defense against the run, the best matchup the Eagles rushers have seen all season. On average, the Rams allows 124 yards per game to opposing backs, so look for Philadelphia to really take advantage and get that facet of the game going after a quiet week in Seattle. This game features the two top offenses in the NFL and it’s likely to be as good on the field as it looks on paper.
As for the Eagles vs. Rams predictions and picks for this preview, these are our betting recommendations:
- The Rams are 1.5 point home favorites. With the loss against Seattle fresh on their minds, look for the Eagles to bounce back in a big way and get the win on the road in LA. So back Philadelphia +1.5pts @ -110 with Bovada. The odds are less generous with the other firms, generally around -115.
- As for the total points for this NFL game, these teams should smash the over on 48. This one should no doubt be a shootout, perhaps the best one of the season. The over 48pts is generally -110 odds across the board, but you can get an attractive-looking -105 with Bookmaker.
Marilee writes on NFL, MLB, NBA & tennis for USA Betting. Another area of her sporting journalistic expertise is pro wrestling. A native of Philadelphia and a big Eagles fan, she has been a sports writer for many major websites including Bleacher Report and Rant Sports. She started her journalistic career early, as sports editor for her college newspaper.