The Philadelphia Eagles, coming off a hard loss in Week 1 against the Washington Football Team, were looking to bounce-back against the Rams. Jared Goff and company had other ideas as the visited the city of brotherly love. Let’s dive into a recap of this week two matchup.
Goff vs. Wentz
The 2016 NFL draft saw two teams trade all the up to the top two picks in order to secure their quarterbacks for the future. Those two teams were the Los Angeles Rams and the Philadelphia Eagles and those quarterbacks took the field Sunday morning.
Jared Goff and Carson Wentz have had varying careers up to this point, but both have had their own success that led to hefty paydays. This matchup saw Wentz trying to bounce back from the aforementioned loss to the Washington Football Team, while Goff looked to build off of a big week one win.
Wentz’s struggles were very noticeable in these matchups. He threw a game-high 43 times and ended up with no touchdowns. He got picked off twice including one in the end zone at a very critical moment. Wentz finished the day with 56.3 QB rating. On the fantasy front, he finished with 12 points in standard scoring, which made him the 23rd ranked QB. Wentz was going in the top 100 and fantasy owners should be nervous.
Coach Sean McVay has shown that he wants to put Goff in more favorable situations and he looked as poised as ever. Goff threw for three touchdowns on only 27 attempts while rushing for 17 yards, ending the day with a 95.9 QB rating. Fantasy owners should be happy if they drafted Goff late or picked him up in fantasy as he was ranked in the 20’s in pre-draft rankings. One weapon really stood out amongst the rest…
Finally a tight end
Rams receivers have been contributing all over the place. Robert “Bob” Woods showed up in the ground game as well as the air, Cooper Kupp still shows up to be ol’ reliable for Jared Goff and Van Jefferson is already showing signs of being a promising rookie. But the player who really showed up was a tight end, Tyler Higbee.
The fourth year tight end made life easy for Goff on Sunday. Higbee caught all five of his targets for 54 yards and three touchdowns. He was responsible for over 50% of the total scoring for the Rams and had fantasy owners rejoicing as he scored 23 points in standard. Goff needs a large reliable target as the field shrinks on drives and Higbee showed he could be the guy.
Committing to the committee
After Malcolm Brown showed up last week, everyone thought that he would be the starting running back. But Sean McVay had other thoughts.
Initially it looked as if rookie Cam Akers was going to be the lead rusher. However, an injury came about for the Florida State back – removing him from contention. Malcolm Brown took lead carries after the Akers injury, then Darrell Henderson showed up and showed out.
Henderson gained most of his touches toward the second half and never looked back. He ended the day with 121 total yards from scrimmage and a touchdown. Fantasy owners who gambled on Henderson towards the end of the draft saw that gamble pay off with 18 points. However, if Akers comes back next week, look for the committee to be in full effect. McVay is looking to control the game and the run game is an important facet.
Defense, Defense, Defense
The Rams defense showed up again for another week. They may not have stopped the Eagles offense completely but they slowed down any production in scoring. They caused a season high three turnovers, which included a crucial red-zone interception by Darious Williams in the third quarter. The Rams defense finished in the top-10 in fantasy, rewarding those who started them against Philly. After spending a lot of money on cornerstones Jalen Ramsey and Aaron Donald, the Rams will try to continue that stellar defensive play.
What do now?
The Los Angeles Rams have looked good from the get-go this season. Goff really looks poised for a very successful season this year and weapons like Tyler Higbee have the talent to make a big impact and maybe a Pro-Bowl bid.
McVay looks committed to keeping opponents on their feet with the running-back-by-committee approach. Couple this with the dominant defense and it will only lead to more wins.
After not sustaining any crucial injuries like many other NFL teams this week, the Rams continue their road-trip going into Buffalo next week to take on a hot Bills team.