Philly Sports Network Roundtable: Predicting the result of Eagles vs Rams

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Sunday is finally upon us and the Eagles are just a few hours way from a crucial clash with the Rams. If they win, their reward is the NFC East crown…but will they be able to rebound from a sleepy outing in Seattle? Let’s ask our writers:

 

Liam “Cup of Tea” Jenkins: 10-1
This is going to be one of the most exciting games of the season. Predicting a winner however is almost impossible. Both teams have the same strengths and the same weaknesses, the only difference is the way the teams play. The Eagles are coming off of a humbling loss to Seattle which should remind them that there is no time to take the gas off the pedal. I’m expecting a shootout, but ultimately the team who dictates the tempo to win. For me, that’s the Eagles, who with their committee rushing effort can dominate time of possession and keep Goff, Gurley and the Rams offense sidelined.

 

Eagles 43 Rams 38

Brenden “my picks are” Pedigree 5-2
The Eagles spent the week practicing on the home diamond of the Los Angeles Angels and Eagles super-fan Mike Trout. The NFC powerhouse matchup between the 10-2 Eagles and 9-3 Rams will feature two second-year quarterbacks in the midst of breakout seasons and star-studded defensive lines.

The outcome of this game will be determined in how the Eagles handle running back Todd Gurley, who has 1502 total yards and 11 touchdowns through just 12 games. The only time Gurley has faced a top-five rush defense (Minnesota, week 11), he averaged just 2,5 yards per carry and failed to top 40 yards for the first time since December of 2016. The Eagles are first in the league in rush defense.

I think the Eagles contain Gurley and make Jared Goff look like 2016 Jared Goff. The Eagles get back on track, proving that they can beat the NFC’s elite. Wentz has a big day and becomes the Eagles franchise leader in TD passes in a season. Between the 20s, Jay Ajayi, LeGarrette Blount and Corey Clement dominate the Rams 27th-ranked rush defense for over 200 rushing yards.

Eagles 38 Rams 23

Tyler “The need for” Steege 8-2

After a loss on Primetime football, the Eagles will be looking to make a statement. I expect big days from Carson Wentz and the defensive line.

Eagles 34 Rams24

Chris “Has the best sounding name of any of our writers” Coviello 8-2

Carson Wentz vs. Jared Goff round 1. We’ve all been waiting for this since draft night 2016. Every Eagles fan at this point probably believes they got the better quarterback that night but they would love to see proof in a head to head battle. Los Angeles will turn into Philly west again this week just as it did when they played the Chargers earlier in the year. L.A. is such a fake sports town. Playing a semi-home game will be huge for the Birds. The Rams are a very well rounded team but one glaring weakness is their run defense. Fortunately,  Philly excels in this area and should be able to exploit that matchup to control the clock and the game. I don’t see these Eagles losing 2 in a row and Carson will have an excellent game as he wants to best his friend, as well as rebound from some mistakes last week.

Eagles 31 Rams 20

Ant “The new guy” Brinkley 7-1
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The moment we have all been waiting for since 2013 happens today. The Eagles are going to come out on fire ready to prove they are a contender and can beat playoff level teams. They will take down the Rams and their hired fans and become the NFC East Champs!!!!!

Eagles 27 Rams 17.

 

Austin “The new-new guy” Connelly 0-1

The Birds came into a playoff situation in Seattle and couldn’t execute in crucial situations. They can’t let that happen against another probable playoff team. The defensive line needs to disrupt and contain Todd Gurley if the Eagles are to win today. I expect a way better showing from Perderson, Wentz and company in LA. Prediction:

Eagles 24 Rams 20

 

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