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Los Angeles Rams vs Philadelphia Eagles: Revisiting five Rams to watch

How did the performance of the players to watch effect Sunday’s outcome?

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at Los Angeles Rams Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Rams came a few big plays (and big penalties) short on Sunday. It’s hard to be upset given the expectations heading into the season, but let’s dive in a dissect some performances.

Jared Goff

Goff was thoroughly ‘meh’ against the Philadelphia Eagles. He made some nice throws, but he also made a handful of throws that had fans grateful they weren’t turnovers. As far as numbers go, Goff was 16/26 for 199 yards and a pair of TDs. Not bad for the second-year QB, but not good enough to win games like this.

Yes, I realize that the Rams OL was banged up all afternoon, but Goff needs to have more awareness on Chris Long’s strip sack. You’re up by 1 at that point and just can’t afford a turnover. That effectively gave the Eagles the game winning FG.

Tavon Austin

Free Pharoh Cooper.

Michael Brockers

Sunday showed that Brockers is very good at what he does. He’s not flashy, but he made several big plays. He was in Carson Wentz’s face all day, had a sack, and another tackle for a loss. I’ll be damned if he’s not the second best player on this defense right now.

John Johnson III

Johnson looked like a talented rookie on Sunday. There were spots where his inexperience showed through and led to miscommunication with the LB corps - and eventually TDs.

Johnson redeemed himself a bit with better play in the second half, but clearly still has a long way to go.

Greg Zuerlein

GZ made all 5 PATs that he attempted, but the Rams never had to call on him to kick a FG. Can’t ask any more of him than he gave you.