The Philadelphia Eagles have their work cut out for them when the travel to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to face the Rams. Here are five Birds who will need to lead the way.
After the Philadelphia Eagles were taken to the woodshed by a very game New Orleans Saints team, many of this team’s fans looked ahead to their Week 15 opponent, the Los Angeles Rams, and began predicting a very similar outcome.
Everyone’s expecting a very focused Rams team as they were on the losing side of a wake-up call that was handed to them by the Chicago Bears. Carson Wentz is out. Everything about this one spells disaster.
Still, this is the NFL, and no one expected that the Eagles weren’t going to board the plane. They did, and now, if they’re going to win, they’re going to need a super human effort from everyone involved.
Here are five ‘Birds’ they’ll need to look to for leadership. These are a few of the guys who’ll need to set the example.
1. Brandon Brooks, Jason Kelce and whoever fills in for Isaac Seumalo (Chance Warmack, Stefen Wisniewski or whoever).
Okay, so listing five guys right off of the bat means that this is actually a list of nine people. Still, if anyone has to face both Ndamukong Suh and the man that, very well, may be the best defensive tackle in football, Aaron Donald, that means the offensive line’s interior is in for a long night.
They better eat their Wheaties.
2. Michael Bennett
After seeing what Michael Bennett‘s done in his first season in Eagles’ green, it’s hard to ask him for more, but we’re going to do just that. Philly will need to get to Jared Goff early and often. They just can’t stand there and let him pick them apart.
3. Darren Sproles
Seeing as how Doug Pederson‘s probably going to ignore Josh Adams at some point, Nick Foles will need an escape valve in the passing game. Everyone expected Darren Sproles to be a change of pace in the Eagles’ backfield.
Now that he’s back, they may need to increase his workload.
4. Dallas Goedert
The Rams secondary may give ‘The Birds fits on Sunday. That means they may need a ton of help from the running backs and tight ends. Expect the Rams’ defensive game plan to include some creative ways of trying to limit Zach Ertz. That may create some opportunities for Dallas Goedert.
5. Nick Foles
This one’s obvious. It’s quite possible that the rest of the NFL season will rest on the arm of Nick Foles. His first test since returning to the starting lineup will be a tough one. The Eagles are going to need touchdowns, not field goals. Let’s all hope he’s ready.