Philadelphia Eagles versus Los Angeles: 5 Key matchups to watch

Andrew Whitworth #77, Jared Goff #16 (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
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Jim Schwartz, Philadelphia Eagles
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Can the Philadelphia Eagles defense rattle Goff?

Two subplots that follow that Goff versus Wentz storyline are as follows: Can the Philadelphia Eagles pass rush make Jared Goff uncomfortable, and can the secondary hold up in coverage versus all of those weapons that Goff has to throw the ball to.

Hanging in there versus Tyler Higbee, Josh Reynolds, Robert Woods, Cam Akers, and Van Jefferson is tough enough. If Philly’s pass rush can’t get home versus Goff, Philly’s secondary can’t be expected to walk on water, turn water to wine, or perform any other miracle this, sometimes unreasonable, Eagles fan base asks of its team.

Both the success of a secondary in coverage and the success of any defense’s pass rush go hand in hand. Everyone thought that this Eagles defense had the stuff to limit Dwayne Haskins in Week 1, and for most of the first half, they did. Still, they couldn’t stop anything in the second half, and if you poll most people, they’ll tell you that Jared Goff, despite his flaws, is slightly ahead of Haskins in his development right now.

Simply put, if the Eagles defense allows him to get comfortable, it could be a long day.