Ross Jacobs has been an FFM correspondent on NFL games and NFL Draft matters for the past few years. He is going to be writing up some of his notes on various games he’s watching/studying this year. Typically, he will have written/submitted his work before mine, so this is a look at the same game with different eyes...and you can compare and contrast or find some new takeaways.
2020 Week 2 Analysis: Rams @ Eagles (By Ross Jacobs)
-The Rams were the better team the entire game here and just put the Eagles to sleep. They allowed some yards in the middle of the game, but they mostly clamped down on the scoring. Philadelphia pulled it back to within 5 points at one point, but LA just went straight down the field twice like they did all game and extended their lead to 18.
-The Rams offense looked excellent once again. I love how they have adapted their scheme to fit their talent once again. This looks much more like the 2018 Rams than the crappy 2019 version. Jared Goff in particular has just been an assassin so far. The level of QB play is off the charts this year, so his performance has been lost in the media, but do not sleep on this guy. He's playing as good as anyone.
-We saw what RC and I have been ranting about with the Rams RB's here. Darrell Henderson is far and away the best, most explosive back on this team. Every time he touched the ball here I held my breath because it looked like he might explode down the field for a big play. How the Rams haven't seen this long before is beyond me, but hopefully the injury to Akers and Henderson's showing here will get him the lion's share of the work. Malcolm Brown is a fine backup, and is useful for giving Henderson a breather, but that's all he should be from here on out. Henderson may be about to go on a monster run in fantasy. He is easily acquirable, but don't overpay. His owner doesn't really like him as much as we do.
-That is why you don't give up on Tyler Higbee. Now I'm still waiting to see the 10-12 target goodness he got at the end of last year, but I'm thinking that may not happen. Still he should settle in as a mid-TE1 with some up and down weeks. He might not have the huge yardage and catch numbers this year, but he might pace all TE's in touchdowns.
-I expected more from the Rams defense which is a strange thing to say when they held their opponent under 20 points. I really thought Donald would wreck this offensive line, but he was strangely quiet. Pretty sure Philly just had extra attention on him all game. Someone else needs to step up and help out creating pressure.
-One LA defender that did stand out to me was Micah Kiser. Boy did he look good. I noted multiple times that he shot gaps for run stops or played excellent coverage. He even handled Scott 1-on-1 like it was nothing. Very impressive.
-The Eagles are still a mess. The return of Lane Johnson to the offensive line really helped, and they protected Wentz pretty well here considering they faced Aaron Donald, but that doesn't mean all is suddenly well in Philly. This offense is still a mess of average-ish players, and Carson Wentz is playing the worst ball I've seen from him since his rookie year. Not sure what's going on with him because he wasn't under fire here like he was in week 1, but he still didn't play particularly well. They moved the ball at times, but there were a shocking number of inaccurate throws and one absolutely stupid throw into double coverage in the endzone that made for an easy INT for the Rams.
-Boston Scott looks like the superior back to me. Miles Sanders played ok, but Scott had a little more bounce and wiggle to his game to my eyes. This should probably be a 50-50 split, but the Philly coaches seem beholden to Sanders.
-The Philly defense is a mess as well. They didn't even come close to slowing the Rams down, and while some of the credit has to go to the Rams, I think a large part of it was this Eagles defense just sucks.
-I think the Rams are probably the second best NFC West team behind the Cardinals, but they might be the best. It's probably going to be a very close race between the two, and we can't count out the Seahawks yet. All three teams might make the playoffs with a 9-7 or better record. The division games are going to be massive for deciding the eventual winner.
-Philly isn't going to have a good year. This looks like a 6-8 win team to me. Not horrible but not good either.
-With so many QB's putting up video game numbers this year it's easy to lose track of Goff, but sleep on him at your peril. He'll have a tough time keeping up with the top runners, but he looks like he'll be in the mix as a back end QB1. If you can snag him as your second QB he's an excellent backup.
-Woods and Kupp both look like solid WR2's to me. They'll each have their moments where they pop up for 8 catches and 100 yards, but mostly they'll settle into that nice 5 or 6 catch range for 70 or 80 yards with a carry or two.
-Already said my piece on Higbee. I'm keeping an eye on his target numbers though. If they start creeping up we could be onto something big.
-Not sure what to make of any Philadelphia player. Ertz and Goedert both kind of disappeared here. The previous big numbers were probably mostly due to how bad Washington's linebackers are. The Rams have much better backers. That's probably a matchup to watch moving forwards.
-I don't care for Miles Sanders, but like I say with every other guy, if he's producing you might as well keep riding him. I still think the rushing numbers and TD's are going to be in short supply because Philly is constantly going to be behind this year, but he's #1 without much threat to his numbers.