It became apparent very early in the game that the Eagles defense was not only bending but breaking. Something about Sean McVay’s pre-snap movement in his playcalls was befuddling Jim Schwartz’ defensive gameplan. Goff was hot early, too. This was one of those “put up or shut up” moments for the Eagles offense.
Well, the offense ran better than it did against Washington, but, in the end, just couldn’t keep up with the Rams’ numbers.
Goff completed his first 13 passes, including a pair of TDs to Higbee, and the Rams jumped to a 21-3 lead minutes into the second quarter.
After the Eagles (0-2) pulled within one score, Goff’s 28-yard TD pass to Higbee in the fourth iced it for Los Angeles (2-0).
Goff and Wentz were selected Nos. 1-2 in the 2016 draft, one of seven times since 1967 that quarterbacks were the first two picks. In their only other head-to-head meeting in Los Angeles in December 2017, Wentz tore two knee ligaments. Nick Foles stepped in and eventually led Philadelphia to its first Super Bowl title.
“Jared was outstanding,” Rams coach Sean McVay said. “I thought he played a great game. He had a great command of what was going on. He got into a rhythm and our guys made plays, but it starts with him and he did an outstanding job.”
“We had guys open, and I was throwing the ball pretty good. That’s a good combo for us,” Goff said. “When we’re moving the ball well, we can kind of do anything we want.”
Goff finished 20 of 27 for 242 yards. Wentz was 26 of 43 for 242 yards and two interceptions.
“Turnovers are killing us,” Wentz said. “I gotta protect the football.”
Darrell Henderson ran for 81 yards and had his first career TD run. The Rams gained 449 total yards, including 191 on the ground. Higbee had three TD catches all of last season on 69 receptions.
“We’re just trying to marry the run and the pass,” Higbee said. “(Goff) takes care of the ball. We just try to stay an option for him when he’s on the move.”
The Rams took a 7-0 lead on Goff’s 4-yard TD pass to Higbee after Miles Sanders‘ fumble on the third play gave them the ball at the Eagles 41.
Robert Woods ran in from the 5 on a perfectly executed end-around following a fake hand-off up the middle to make it 14-3.
Goff’s 3-yard TD toss to Higbee increased the lead to 21-3.
But the Eagles answered with a 1-yard sneak by Wentz and 5-yard TD run by Sanders to get within 21-16 at halftime.
Cooper Kupp‘s decision to field a punt at the 4 with under a minute left in the first half backfired when T.J. Edwards knocked the ball loose and the Eagles recovered at the Rams 11. Sanders scored a few plays later.
The Eagles were driving on their first possession of the third quarter but Darious Williams made a diving interception in the end zone on Wentz’s pass to J.J. Arcega-Whiteside.
“It’s not about one player or one unit,” Pederson said. “Offense has to do their part and not turn the ball over and defense has a part in that, too. They pride themselves in getting off the field.”
Second-round pick Jalen Hurts, the runner-up for the Heisman Trophy last season, made his debut for the Eagles and lined up in a two-back set in the backfield as Wentz completed a 10-yard pass to Dallas Goedert to the Rams 8 on Philadelphia’s first drive. Hurts also lined up as a receiver a few times.
Of course you will be hearing all week from many fans— “Bench Wentz, put in Hurts!” That is not a productive chant right now.
Eagles: LG Isaac Seumalo (knee) left in the second quarter. Did not look good…Seumalo was injured late in the first half during a play near the Rams end zone when someone rolled up on his leg. He went to the blue medical tent on the Eagles sideline and headed to the locker room at about the 2-minute warning. When the second half began, third-year pro Matt Pryor remained in the game at left guard in place of Seumalo.
|Passing 1st downs||17||13|
|Rushing 1st downs||11||11|
|1st downs from penalties||2||1|
|3rd down efficiency||7-12||7-12|
|4th down efficiency||1-1||0-1|
|Yards per Play||6.7||5.3|
|Yards per pass||9.2||5.6|
|Yards per rush||4.9||4.7|
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||4-5||2-3|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||0||0|