St. Louis Rams (1-2) at Philadelphia Eagles (3-1)
|Date & Time||Sunday October 5, 2014, 1:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Philadelphia Eagles -7 -- Over/Under: 47.5
The St. Louis Rams and Philadelphia Eagles will play Sunday afternoon at Lincoln Financial Field.
The St. Louis Rams have had an extra week to prepare for this game and put the heartbreaking loss to the Dallas Cowboys behind them. If the Rams are going to have any type of success moving forward, they have to get something going on the ground, as they’re averaging 3.9 yards per carry and Zac Stacy is the only runner with more than 65 yards. While Austin Davis is completing 72.3 percent of his passes for 754 yards, he isn’t good enough to overcome the lack of help he’s been getting from the St. Louis running backs. Brian Quick and Jared Cook have been the Rams most consistent receivers, as they’ve combined for more than 400 yards and a touchdown, but they’re are still looking for an explosive player who can take over games offensively. Now would be a great time for Tavon Austin to make an impact, as he’s expected to return with a knee injury. Defensively, the St. Louis Rams are allowing 342.3 yards per game and have forced three turnovers and one sack. James Laurinaitis leads the Rams with 20 tackles and Jo-Lonn Dunbar has three tackles for loss.
The Philadelphia Eagles suffered their first loss of the year last week to the San Francisco 49ers and have most of their offensive line banged up. Lane Johnson is probable for this game, which gives Philly at least one of its linemen back on the field. However, the banged up line hasn’t helped the Eagles move the chains, as LeSean McCoy has just 39 rushing yards in his last two games and Darren Sproles hasn’t scored an offensive touchdown during that span. Nick Foles is also coming off a two-interception performance, the first in his career since 2012. Still, the Eagles have scored more than 30 points in their last four home games. Defensively, the Philadelphia Eagles are allowing 391.3 yards per game and have forced five turnovers and seven sacks. DeMeco Ryans leads the Eagles with 25 tackles and Malcolm Jenkins has three interceptions.
The Rams are 11-5 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss. The Eagles are 7-22-1 ATS in their last 30 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in Week 5. The Rams are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Philadelphia.
I think it goes without saying that the Eagles are head and shoulders the better team in this matchup. While the Rams have a great defensive line to give Philly issues up front, they haven't been making many plays defensively to worry me here. The Eagles have shown they're one of the better teams in the NFL, while the Rams, well, they have a few years to figure things out. Philly will win this by double digits.