Week 2 Quick Picks: Eagles vs. Rams

Each Friday, the guys will take a shot at predicting what we’ll see in that week’s Eagles game. This Sunday, coming off of a demoralizing second-half performance against Washington, the local professional football team hosts the Los Angeles Rams, who come to town on the back of a win over the Dallas Cowboys. So Week 1 wasn’t a total waste.

Joe was declared last week’s winner, so he’ll go first this week.

Joe (1-0): Aw, man; I was hoping John would go first so I could take the parts of his pick that I liked and co-opt them into mine in humorous fashion. I guess I need to actually have some analysis, then? All right, fine, here: Sunday sucked, with a capital “SUCKED.” On this week’s pod, we talked about the disaster that is the Eagles’ offensive line, and about the possible disaster that could possibly be Carson Wentz. I am on the record as saying that I think he is what he is at this point, and that is a poor decision-maker.

That said, I do think he’s a good quarterback, and I think it’s unlikely he’s going to have two self-inflicted pants-poopings in a row. Unfortunately, for as good as Washington’s defensive line was last week, Aaron Donald is better than all of them, maybe combined, even if they were combined into a four-headed, eight-legged, quarterback-devouring robot. He’s good, is what I’m saying.

If you’re an Eagles fan, he’s going to ruin your Sunday afternoon. If you’re an Eagles offensive lineman, he’s already ruining your sleep patterns, and he’s also going to ruin your Sunday afternoon until you are inevitably benched and/or injured, which you will consider a gift from a merciful God. Also, thanks for checking out the site, hypothetical Eagles offensive lineman!

I don’t think this goes well for the midnight green, but fret not, Bird Gang; despite falling to 0-2, Washington is at Arizona this week, so the Eagles should only be a game out of first place at the end of the day. Rams 24, Eagles 14.

Offensive Standout: Cooper Kupp

Defensive Standout: Aaron Donald

John (0-1): After a dud in Week 1, it is hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel for the 2020 Philadelphia Eagles. They do have a glimmer of hope in Week 2. The visiting Rams are making the trip to Lincoln Financial Field from Los Angeles, a factor that tilts the game in favor of East Coast teams.

Doug Pederson and the Eagles already have their backs up against a wall. Given the strength of their early-season opponents, this game is already a must win. Philadelphia has to even its record at 1-1 or reckon with the possibility of its worst year since going 4-12 in 2012. The head coach has found a way to get the best out of his teams in these scenarios. The return of Miles Sanders and Lane Johnson will stabilize the offense and give the defense a chance to compete for real. Look for the Birds to shake off their Washington nightmare with a strong running attack. Eagles 27, Rams 21.

Offensive Standout: Miles Sanders

Defensive Standout: Josh Sweat

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