It’s about that time for a statement game. Welcoming a team like the backup quarterback led St. Louis Rams, you take it to them foot on the pedal, don’t let up, double digit victory no ifs, ands or buts.
How confident can we really be that this outcome will take place on Sunday? The inability to run the football, the ever changing combination of the offensive line, the inaccuracy of Nick Foles and the holes in the defense; it makes sense why every game the Eagles have played could have ended in a win or loss.
The Rams should be just what Shady needs to “break one” this week, get into that second level and make a few guys miss. Lane Johnson will certainly help, not only with the upgrade he provides, but it allows Herremans to slide back over to guard. The Rams are not a great team versus the run, but we have not been a good running team, we should be able to run, run, and run on Sunday.
The Eagles disappeared until the 4th quarter last week. They have been embarrassing at running the football the last two weeks. I look for Chip to attack with the running game, and re-establish what drove his football team to success last season.
Foles has to make all his throws, four games is enough to work out the kinks, he is missing guys left and right, on the deep routes and on the crossing patterns. I think the kid has a lot to offer in terms of his dedication to his craft, desire to win and lead by example, but he is not looking “sharp” at all.
The Rams will be led with a back-up QB, some familiar fantasy names like running-back Zac Stacy, wide receiver Brian Quick and tight-end Jared Cook, but no skill player is really ultra-talented.
Last week a pass rush, so what is in store for week 5? You never know which defense will show up, and one may never know when the ability to stop the run will show up. Since shutting down the Jaguars rushing attack week one (not saying too much as the Jags are ranked 30th in the NFL), the Eagles have been gashed almost at will be the Colts, Skins and 49ers. There is no defense that by design allows teams to have their way with them. Sure, not having Kendricks is a big loss and the depth at linebacker could very well be the worse in the NFL, but at the pro level, you have to be able to tackle.
Jenkins has made plays three straight weeks in the secondary, but nobody else is doing anything. Blown assignments, poor technique and lack of speed makes the secondary suspect to giving up large chunks of yards and can also be vulnerable to big plays if the receiver has above average speed.
Talent across the board, at times can be a dominating presence, especially against the pass where they are ranked third in the league. Teams are running at them, and doing so successfully, which is why I predict this game to be a relief to Eagle fans and fantasy football fans with a 100 yard effort by McCoy.
The Eagles are going to win this football game, but will they cover the line which is currently a touchdown? I like the Eagles by “4” points in this game, even though I feel they are a much better team than the Rams, the physical offensive/defensive line that the Rams have worries me.
Eagles 27 Rams 23