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Week 2 Recap: Los Angeles Rams vs. Philadelphia Eagles

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Even when this game was close at times, it was owned by the Rams from start to finish. Los Angeles capitalized on the Eagles mistakes and had an outstanding all-around game. The Rams had their share of mistakes and mishaps as well, but they made plays when it mattered most.

Fumbles Kill

It didn’t take long for the Rams to grab the momentum in this game. Miles Sanders, making his season debut after being out last week, lost a fumble on the third play from scrimmage. The Rams immediately capitalized, finding pater in five plays. The drive was capped by a Jared Goff four-yard touchdown pass to tight end Tyler Higbee. After a 38-yard field goal by Jake Elliott on the Eagles’ next drive, the Rams kept their foot on the gas. They scored touchdowns in their next two drives, sandwiched between an Eagles’ punt. The first one was a five-yard pass to Robert Woods and the second to Higbee, his second of the day.

Momentum Giveth to Eagles…

To start the second quarter, the Eagles drove 75 yards, finished off by a Wentz touchdown sneak. They tried for the two-point conversion and failed, but they cut the deficit down to 21-9. The Eagles then forced a punt on the Rams’ next drive, but couldn’t capitalize as they also had to punt. Luckily for them, however, the Rams made a mistake on the punt. A 59-yard Cameron Johnston punt was caught by Cooper Kupp at the three-yard line, who ran nine yards before the football was popped loose from his grasp. The Eagles recovered the ball at the Los Angeles 11 and were in a position to come within one score. The Birds did just that, as Sanders made up for his earlier fumble. He scored in two plays on runs of six and five yards. They kicked the extra point this time and cut the Rams’ lead to 21-16 with 35 seconds left in the half.

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… Rams Taketh Away

The Eagles kept the momentum they had to end the first half going into the second half, but it didn’t last long. They forced a three-and-out and were driving down the field. DeSean Jackson caught three passes for 23 yards, while Miles Sanders ran for 20 yards on the drive. But then Wentz tried to force a throw to JJ Arcega-Whiteside in the endzone and was picked off by Darious Williams. The Rams took nearly six minutes off the clock on the following drive as the two teams traded field goals to end the third quarter. The Eagles’ field goal made it 24-19 going into the last quarter. That would be as close as they’d get as the Rams would go on to score two more touchdowns. Higbee scored his third of the day on a 28-yard pass from Goff, while Darrell Henderson ran up the middle for two yards. That was Henderson’s first career NFL touchdown. The Rams take their first game against the Eagles since 2004 with a 37-19 victory.

For the Eagles, they will look to get in the win column next week against rookie quarterback Joe Burrow and the also winless Cincinnati Bengals. Philadelphia will really need to improve on all cylinders to right the ship on the season. Alshon Jeffery has been out the first two weeks and will look to add to the Eagles’ offensive weapons in a hopeful return.

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The Rams will look to start 3-0 for the third straight year (started 8-0 in 2018) as they travel to Buffalo to take on the also undefeated Bills. It should be a very close matchup as both teams have stellar defenses and some very strong offensive weapons.

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