Philadelphia Eagles at L.A. Rams
When: 8:20 PM ET, Sunday, December 16, 2018
Where: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles
Preview for Digital Sports Desk by Gracenote
A familiar role reversal appears ready to play itself out as Nick Foles likely will be under center for an injured Carson Wentz on Sunday night when the Philadelphia Eagles visit the Los Angeles Rams. Foles replaced an injured Wentz in Los Angeles last year before going on to highlight a fairy-tale season by guiding the franchise to its first Super Bowl title.
Wentz, who tore his ACL and LCL during that contest against the Rams on Dec. 10, 2017, is nursing a fractured vertebrae that has his availability in question for not only Sunday night’s game but the remainder of the season. Foles secured Super Bowl Most Valuable Player honors after Philadelphia outslugged New England, but the 29-year-old failed to recapture that magic by throwing for one touchdown and one interception in two games to start this season. “Doesn’t affect much, because Carson is a great football player, but they also were able to win a Super Bowl with Nick playing really high-level football,” Rams coach Sean McVay said of the Eagles’ uncertainty under center. Speaking of quarterbacks, Jared Goff answered a brilliant 413-yard, four-touchdown performance in a 54-51 win versus Kansas City with a pair of duds — notably a career-high four-interception effort in a 15-6 setback at Chicago on Sunday.
TV: 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC. LINE: Rams -11.5. O/U: 52.5
ABOUT THE EAGLES (6-7): Philadelphia’s passing attack primarily goes through Zach Ertz, who ranks third in the NFL with 98 receptions and third among tight ends with 1,016 receiving yards. Alshon Jeffery found the end zone in Sunday’s 29-23 overtime loss to Dallas, although the wideout’s 50 yards receiving marked his highest output since Oct. 21. Running back Josh Adams answered a pair of 20-carry performances with just seven totes last week, but the rookie is optimistic that Philadelphia can overcome its injuries and find a way into the playoffs. “We’re going to keep this thing together and try to do something special,” said the 6-foot-2, 225-pound Adams, who will look to exploit a Rams defense that permits 124.2 rushing yards per game.
ABOUT THE RAMS (11-2): If Goff can exploit an injury-riddled Eagles secondary that has allowed an NFL third-worst 277.4 passing yards per game, the NFC West champion Rams would be in line to clinch a first-round bye should they win on Sunday and the Bears lose to Green Bay. Goff, who was the top overall selection in the 2016 NFL Draft — one pick ahead of Wentz — would benefit from star running back Todd Gurley (NFL-best 19 touchdowns 15 rushing, four receiving) getting back on track. The potential NFL MVP candidate recorded season lows in rushing attempts (11), rushing yards (28), touches (14) and scrimmage yards (58) versus Chicago. Gurley, who has 834 scrimmage yards with seven scores (five rushing, two receiving) in six home games this season, totaled 135 (96 rushing, 39 receiving) and a pair of touchdowns in the Rams’ 43-35 loss to the Eagles on Dec. 10, 2017.
1. Los Angeles DT Aaron Donald has registered all of his NFL-best 16.5 sacks in the last 10 games.
2. The Eagles, who have lost three of their last five overall, have won five in a row and 12 of their last 14 encounters with the Rams.
3. Los Angeles has committed eight turnovers in the last three contests after turning the ball over seven times in its first 10 games.