The defending Super Bowl Champion Eagles will be fighting for their playoff lives against the best team in the NFC conference when they head to LA to take on the Rams, who are coming off only their second loss of the season to the Bears.
If there was ever a game to test the Eagles’ championship mettle, it is this one. Do you believe the Eagles still have a shot? Will the Rams bounce back from their worst game of the season? Go check the odds at out our football betting sportsbook to know the most up to date odds on this and all the other week 15 matchups!
Both teams suffered losses last week, but the Eagles are in a much more dire position than the Rams. Their overtime loss to division rival Dallas in week 14 means they need to win at least two of their three remaining games and hope for some losses from the other wild card teams even to make the playoffs.
The bottom line is that they will need to finish the regular season with a better record than both Minnesota and Carolina if they are to have a chance at repeating as Super Bowl Champs. Currently, their chances of making the playoffs stand at 8%.
Another storyline for Sunday night’s matchup will be Jared Goff and Carson Wentz, the two top picks from the 2016 Draft, against each other for the second time in their young careers. The last time these two met, The Eagles beat the Rams 43-35.
This time around, the Rams are a much better team. They have leveled their competition throughout the season with their spectacular offense, lead by Goff and RB Todd Gurley. They are tied for third overall in the NFL in point differential, having outscored opponents by 112 pts throughout the season.
However, they are coming off their worst game of the season against the Bears, who limited Goff to 80 yards and intercepted him twice, which put his passer rating for the game at 21.0. Goff and the Rams entered that game averaging 300.5 passing yards per game.
Gurley, meanwhile rushed for only 28 yards on 11 carries last week.
While week 14 was a bit of a bummer for the Rams, they are still in a much better situation than the Eagles, after their 29-23 in overtime.
“To see the disappointment that we felt, even with as close a game as this really was, and still not playing great offensively, for the defense to come up with some big turnovers and not finish, because we felt at the end that there was some momentum on our side,” said Eagles’ Head Coach Doug Peterson after last week’s game.
Wentz was equally as troubled but suggested his team was far from giving up.
We are going to keep competing, keep preparing and do what we do and try to get on a roll here and let the chips fall where they may,” Wentz said: “We are absolutely surprised where we are at, we never envisioned ourselves to have a losing record at this point in the season. We hold our selves to high standards and high expectations, and this is extremely frustrating where we are sitting at.”
At least history is on the side of the Eagles. They have won the last 5 matchups and are 21-19-1 all-time against the Rams. Last year the Eagles were able to beat the Rams 43-35 on the road. It was the same game where Wentz went down with his injury, which allowed backup Nick Foles to step in and lead the Eagles to their first Super Bowl win in franchise history.