By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer
After a big win in the home opener Los Angeles took their offense on the road to Philadelphia. The team had some obstacles that included a cross country flight and an early 10am kick-off. This one would be the first of back to back weeks for the team heading back east to play. There were no fans allowed at Lincoln Financial Field as the Rams came away with a 37-19 win. It appeared neither obstacle bothered them as they got off to a good start.
After a Micah Kiser forced fumble early in the first quarter, Jared Goff took advantage of it right away. He led the Rams on a 41-yard drive connecting with Tyler Higbee on a 4yard pass. It would be the first of three TD passes to the tight end on the day. Goff completed his first 13 passes.
Later in the quarter Jake Elliott kicked a 36-yard field goal for the Eagles. On the next possession Goff then led the Rams on a 10 play 75-yard drive. He would hit rookie Van Jefferson on a third down and Cooper Kupp on two other third down plays to keep the drive alive.
Robert Woods ran it in 5 yards on an end around to put the visitors up 14-3. It would be Woods first TD of the year.
The Rams continued to roll in the 2nd period as Goff hit Higbee on a 3-yard TD pass. That culminated an 8-play 80-yard drive in which Goff hit Higbee for 13 yards, Henderson (12). Kupp added a 15-yard run. That made the score 21-3.
In the final period Goff hit Higbee for a 28-yard TD pass. “We were really just playing poised and finding him,” said Robert Woods. “Jarod put a nice touch on the ball and right now he can’t be stopped.”
Darrell Henderson did some tough running filling in most of the day for rookie Cam Akers after he left the game with a rib injury and Malcolm Brown who had a hand injury. Henderson had 81 yards on 12 carries and scored on a two-yard run. The rookie Jefferson would finish the day with 4 receptions for 45 yards.
The Rams had three drives of 75 yards or more and amassed 449 yards of offense with 191 on the ground using 39 carries. Goff completed 20 of 27 for 267 yards and three TD’s that gave him a passer rating of 142.2.
Darius Williams had one of two interceptions. With a 21-6 Rams lead while in the end-zone Williams stepped up and picked of a Carson Wentz pass headed for J.J. Arcega-Whiteside. That ended an Eagles drive. “Were young but what I think the only thing we really need is Communication,” said Williams. “That’s what we came out here and did. That’s what we did week one. As long as we build communication were lights out in the secondary.”
It was one of three turnovers caused by the Rams defense that only gave up 242 yards passing to Wentz. “We did a good job getting our hands on those guys,” said Micah Kiser whose forced fumble led to the Rams first score and also had a game leading 16 tackles. “That was the emphasis all week. If you see 86 get your hands on him if you see 88 get your hands on him. It wasn’t always perfect but we came out with a win, and that’s what counts.”
NOTES: The Rams had just 2 penalties this week and 5 last week. They converted 7 of 12 third downs and one for one on 4th down attempts. Wide receivers Kupp, Woods and Jefferson combined for 37 rushing yards this game In 2019 the Rams wide receivers led the league in rushing scores. Samuel Sloman missed his second PAT in two weeks. The Eagles Deshaun Jackson of Long Beach Poly had 6 catches for 64 yards. The Rams will head back east this week to take on the Buffalo Bills.