Los Angeles Rams vs. Philadelphia Eagles Matchup Preview (9/20/20): Betting Odds, Depth Charts, Live Stream (Watch Online)
These two teams are coming off very different Week 1 performances. The Los Angeles Rams had won at their new stadium in the opener and now will travel to Philadelphia. The Eagles lost a division game against Washington, where their injury situation was exposed in a major way as Carson Wentz went down eight times via sack. There wasn’t much talk about the Rams this offseason as other teams have surpassed as talking points in the media. As for Philadelphia, there were talks of concern with their depth heading into the 2020 season and it is already an issue. The offensive line and the receiving core have taken the biggest hits and were the weakest part in Week 1. Los Angeles are small favorites heading out on the road and this spread makes total sense given the Rams being able to limit Dallas power offense on Sunday Night Football. Oddsmakers are surely taking in Philadelphia’s injury concerns into consideration. For odds movement and full matchup history, visit the Los Angeles Rams at Philadelphia Eagles Matchup Page.
Date: Sunday, September 20th, 2020
Time: 1:00 PM ET
Location: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadephia, PA
TV Coverage: FOX
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Los Angeles Rams: Gerald Everett (Q)
Philadelphia Eagles: Miles Sanders (Q), Vinny Curry (O), Lane Johnson (P), Brandon Graham (Q), Alshon Jeffery (Q)
Los Angeles Rams Analysis
Los Angeles came away with a Week 1 win against the Cowboys and will take on another NFC East team. The Rams came away with three sacks in Week 1 against a very good offensive line. They had an adjusted sack rate of 7.5% which ranks 12th. Philadelphia was able to get to the quarterback as well with the sixth-best adjusted sack rate. The Rams offensive line was able to hold off the Cowboys defense but will have a tougher task in Week 2. Jared Goff only threw 31 times in Week 1 but went for 275 yards. Robert Woods was the preferred target with eight, as he led the receiving core in targets.
It was a run-oriented attack as the Rams rushed for 40 times. They went for a combined 153 yards and two scores. They controlled the time of possession as you might imagine and that might be the case again here. They ran with Malcolm Brown, who had 79 yards and two scores. Cam Akers, the rookie out of Florida State had 39 yards on 13 carries. It will be interesting to watch as this could just be a hot hand type of committee. Sean McVay said they planned to use three guys at times, which won’t be something you want to hear for fantasy.
Dallas front seven didn’t look great and they will have a tougher time against the Eagles and their front seven. Another grind it out style type of game could be underway. We haven’t seen that style with the Rams as they were usually moving the ball very quickly and running a ton of plays. This is going to be an intriguing battle between two defenses that will likely make the difference in this game.
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Philadelphia Eagles Analysis
The Eagles were up 17-7 at the half and then the offense sputtered scoring zero points the rest of the game. Philadelphia allowed 20 points in the second half as the cracks in the roster began to show. The offensive line is going to have to step up this week, otherwise, there is very little they can do. Carson Wentz was sacked eight times but threw for 270 yards and two scores. The two interceptions really did hurt the Eagles. Not having a running game was also rough as Boston Scott and Corey Clement couldn’t do much. Washington was able to hold these receivers in check and they will face a tougher secondary this week. In addition to the pass protection, this could be another tough week.
As far as snap counts went for the Eagles receivers. Jalen Reagor played 59% of the snaps, which did lead all wide receivers. However, names like DeSean Jackson, Greg Ward, John Hightower, and JJ Arcega-Whiteside all played over 40% of the snaps but had very little impact. Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert played over 50 snaps and often were on the field together. With Miles Sanders projected to return, Boston Scott and Corey Clement will shift down a bit. Clement will likely see a very limited role while Scott and Sanders might split touches depending on how they handle Sanders’ workload coming into the week with a hamstring injury.
Despite the Rams defense holding the Cowboys offense in check, the analytics are not keen on their defense. Aaron Donald in the center of that defensive line could be trouble if the offensive line plays like it did last weekend. Philadelphia’s defense ranks inside the top ten in DVOA after one week against both the run and the pass. This defense was beefed up in the secondary and they will have their first real test against this receiving core of the Rams and a couple of talented tight ends.
Philadelphia Eagles Depth Chart
Betting Corner: Rams -1.5
Spread: LAR -1.5
Moneyline: LAR -120 / PHI +105
The Rams come into this week as small favorites and that might not be the case if the Eagles were at full strength. While Lane Johnson and Miles Sanders are likely returning this week, the Eagles are still going to be somewhat limited. Los Angeles is at full strength and looked very good in their opener. Philadelphia has been a better team at home over the last few seasons but it will be interesting to see how that goes this season. Public money is already hammering the Rams here, and I don’t blame them. The over is also getting hit fairly hard at 46. It will be interesting to see if there is any line movement in this game. I do like the Rams here, but I do expect a close game as do the oddsmakers.
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Daily Fantasy Picks
This is an interesting game for DFS purposes as both defenses are certainly above average, yet the total here sits in a range where people might at least take a look. Philadelphia is more about the tight ends compared to anything else. DeSean Jackson had limited snaps and the workload is expected to increase but it is tough to determine what that means. Both Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert are in play again, while I am off the other Eagles playmakers. Miles Sanders is likely to be limited in touches and this is a tough defense anyway. As far as the Rams go, the wide receivers are interesting because the Darius Slay matchup is going to keep ownership down. Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp are the plays to consider here. Slay has shadowed at times, and Woods might be the one who draws the coverage.