Here’s how the Philadelphia Eagles graded out in their 30-23 upset over the host Los Angeles Rams on Sunday night.
Coach Doug Pederson stayed committed to the run — even at times when he knew he couldn’t get a first down — and called more plays that required quicker throws than he did for Carson Wentz. The result was 270 efficient passing yards for Nick Foles and a big game by Alshon Jeffery (6 catches, 160 yards).
At some point, defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz will have to admit that his blitzes work better than his preferred plan of having just his front four rushing the quarterback. That was the case in this game, and it helped the Eagles seal the win on the game’s final play, forcing Jared Goff to throw earlier than he probably wanted.
SPECIAL TEAMS: B-
K Jake Elliott missed from 53 yards on an attempt that would have sealed the game. However, he kicked three field goals earlier. P Cameron Johnston actually finished with a higher net (52.3) than gross (51.7). Both numbers are excellent. Darren Sproles had a 13-yard punt return.
If only coach Doug Pederson would have devised similar game plans for Carson Wentz, the Eagles might not be outside the playoffs needing help to get in. Managed the clock solidly down the stretch. Overcame an awful fourth-down failure.
Source: “Los Angeles” – Google News