A pair of NFC teams will square off Sunday as part of the NFL’s Week 2 schedule, as the Philadelphia Eagles take on the Los Angeles Rams. This game is scheduled to kick off at 1 pm ET, which is a classic case of a West Coast team heading to the East Coast for an early start. The start is at 10 a.m. for the fans in Los Angeles.
The Eagles come into the game 0-1. having dropped its season opener at Washington despite scoring the first 17 points. The Eagles were sacked eight times.
The Rams opened up their new stadium in front of no fans and won against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night. The Rams were one of three teams in the NFC West to win their season-opening game.
Let’s take a closer look at this game as well as some of the potential bets you can put on it.
Los Angeles Rams at Philadelphia Eagles
Eagles Favorites at Home
The Philadelphia Eagles come in as the favorite by a field goal. They are at home, but with no fans, it’s hard to know if the three-point buffer of being at home is a major factor.
The total for this game started the week at 46. Neither team went over that total in their Week 1 affairs.
Philadelphia Offense Struggles
Carson Wentz threw the football 42 times. He was 24-of-42 with two touchdowns and two interceptions.
Throwing the football that many times does not seem to be the recipe for success. After scoring the first touchdown, Zach Ertz finished with just three receptions for 18 yards.
In all, eight Eagles caught a pass in the game, with the other touchdown going to Dallas Goedert. He finished with a team-leading 101 yards.
The Eagles’ running game was nearly non-existent. There was a bunch of hype for Boston Scott, but he carried the ball nine times for 35 yards. In all, the Eagles picked up just 57 yards on the ground.
Rams Look For Two Straight
A season ago, the Los Angeles Rams started the season 3-0 but failed to reach the postseason. The Rams, led by head coach Sean McVay, are trying to be balanced on both sides of the football, which will make them tough to beat.
The offense was decent in the 20-17 win over the Cowboys, but quarterback Jared Goff did not throw a touchdown pass. He completed 20-of-34 passes for 275 yards and did throw one interception.
Robert Woods was the top target for the Rams, finishing with six catches for 105 yards. But Los Angeles’ main threat came on the ground.
With the loss of Todd Gurley, Malcolm Brown got his chances, and he took advantage. He rushed 18 times for 79 yards and two touchdowns. Rookie Cam Akers also picked up 14 carries.
Eagles Get Comfortable at Home
West Coast team going East. It takes a strong, strong team to take advantage of this in your favor. This is why betting the Philadelphia Eagles is likely the right choice.
These are teams with great playoff aspirations, and Philadelphia certainly is not ready to dig out of an 0-2 hole.
Look for Wentz and the Eagles to go over their team total. It’s listed at 23.5 for now. The Rams’ defense was solid in the Week 1 win, but look for the Eagles to find a few gaps.
They will need to avoid Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey, but getting the ball going on the ground will help. Take the Rams under the team total of 21.
Philadelphia’s defense keeps Goff struggling with his passing. In saying that, the 46 is an interesting number. This game has 28-20 written all over it. Therefore, we would look at the Eagles -3, the over 46, the over on Eagles total of 24, and the under on the Rams total of 21.5.
Look for Scott to get into the end zone, so that’s a great bet to look at betting odds for. Also, see what number you can get on Wentz throwing two-plus touchdowns.