The Los Angeles Rams (11-2) are back at home in Week 15, playing host to the Philadelphia Eagles (6-7) in their second straight Sunday nighter.
They’ll look to bounce back after struggling to put up points against the Chicago Bears last Sunday — and are eyeing a first round bye in the playoffs with a win this week (plus, a loss/tie for the aforementioned Bears).
The Eagles, despite having a losing record at this point in the season, are still not mathematically eliminated from playoff contention. In fact, they’re only a half game behind the Vikings for the 6th seed.
Unfortunately for the Eagles, they’ll be without starting QB Carson Wentz for this game, as he’s dealing with a back injury that may potentially sideline him for the remainder of the season. That said, we’ve seen what can happen when Nick Foles steps in.
Can the Rams rebound from a dismal Week 14 and get a much-needed win at home? Or will Nick Foles do magical Nick Foles things and have the Eagles flying back home from Los Angeles as winners in back-to-back seasons?
The Turf Show Times’ staff make their picks...
The Rams are MAD and the Eagles will pay the price. AD will get 16 sacks, Gurley will run for 350 yards and Goff will throw for 700 yards.
Prediction: Rams win, 900-0
I think Goff has a bounce back game, and we see a lot of screens/first reads to get the offense back in a groove. The defense was magnificent last week against the Bears, and I expect them to build on it
Prediction: Rams win, 27-21
Charlie Hiller (@charliehiller)
If there ever was a cure-all for a quarterback that’s got a 1:5 TD to INT ratio in his last two games, it’s playing against the Eagles secondary. Nick Foles is a capable backup (which is a pretty damning statement about backup QBs) but the Rams’ defense has picked up the slack over the last few weeks.
Prediction: Rams win, 30-13
Eddie Perez (@iAmEddieP_)
No Wentz is a good sign for the Rams, but they’d still have to worry if it’s Foles under center. The former Ram is very capable of handling the starting duties if needed.
However, the Eagles have still struggled even with Wentz at the charge. Goff’s cold hands should be warmer here in LA (though there have been a rainy weather report or two for Sunday).
Gurley needs to be fed as well. Dude score points bruh.
Prediction: Rams win, 35-27
Eric Nagel (@Eric_nagel)
Let’s not forget about Todd Gurley this time, mkay?
Prediction: Rams win, 30-17
Skye Sverdlin (@skyeattolah)
The Rams seem to be slumping on offense, but for how long? The Eagles should be able to apply some heat to Jared Goff up front, but the back end of their defense is too banged up to replicate the Bears’ success. That plus Wentz missing the game probably means a Rams win, but more than that, let’s hope they can get back on track.
Prediction: Rams win, 24-17
Kristian Ramirez (@KristianRamirez)
The Eagles haven’t been their championship selves this season, and the Rams are coming off of a loss to the Bears and are looking to keep it from being a streak. I expect the defense will keep on keeping on and the offense will have figured it’s life out.
Prediction: Rams win, 28-13
Elijah Kim (@Big_EZK)
With the uncertainty of QB Carson Wentz, the Rams could potentially face Super Bowl hero and former Ram Nick Foles. After the embarrassment on last week’s Sunday Night Football performance, the Rams offense hopes to score touchdowns against an Eagles defense that has been decimated by injury. Todd Gurley will get more than 11 rushing attempts this game and Jared Goff will regain confidence as he looks to best his draft classmate’s team.
Rams get their offense rolling and take advantage of the quarterback situation in Philadelphia.
Prediction: Rams win, 33-24
Tevin Broner (@T_Bron)
It’s hard to imagine a scenario where a team loses their starting QB, with an offense that has already been average as best, and is able to keep pace with the Rams. The Eagles’ secondary is bad and broken and Goff needs a rebound game.
Prediction: Rams win, 28-7
Joey Aucoin (@LARamsRamsRams)
Does Nick Foles still have that magic from last year? The answer is no. The Rams are going to have a big time bounce-back game, proving to the national audience that they are legit Super Bowl contenders. And my boy Jared Goff is going to light it up, throwing for 400+ yards and 4 touchdowns. Get your popcorn, Ramily!
Prediction: Rams win, 38-17
Coming off a disappointing performance, the Rams will seek to silence their critics on Sunday night. QB Nick Foles will be under center for the Eagles. Will we see the guy who floundered under Fisher, or the Super Bowl MVP? It may not matter. Look for the 11-2 Rams to distance themselves from their ghastly offensive performance in Chicago and straight put one ON the Eagles, effectively ending their season. I expect plenty of touches for Gurley, play-action, and a few Goff-to-Cooks field-stretchers as the Rams re-establish their offense against the depleted Philly secondary.
Prediction: Rams win, 45-20
Brennan Smith (@BrennanJSmith)
THE NICK FOLES REVENGE GAME. Jk, jk. The Rams need to rebound after a toothless offensive performance against the Bears. Enter a Carson Wentz-less Eagles team that is largely out of the running for the playoffs. Jared Goff and the offensive line need a redemption game and should have one exploiting a decimated Eagles pass defense. On the defensive side, Aaron Donald should be able to get to Foles and keep him uncomfortable. I’m predicting this will be the most complete game the Rams play since the dominating win over the Cardinals in Week One.
Prediction: Rams win, 35-17
Sosa Kremenjas (@QBsMVP)
The Rams just finished getting embarrassed on Sunday Night Football, and they simply can’t afford a repeat performance. The Eagles are banged up beyond belief and now might not even have their QB. I expect the Rams’ offense to attack from start to finish. The Eagles’ secondary has backups all over the place, so the passing game should have plenty of success.
Prediction: Rams win, 40-17
I’m flying in from Seattle for this game, so the Rams finally do me a solid and win a game I am at for the first time since they returned to LA. No Wentz, no McLeod, no Ajayi, no win.
Prediction: Rams win, 31-17
Sean Wilkinson (@Papa_Lurch)
We may not see Goff/Wentz 2.0, but regardless I like the Rams chances to bounce back after a tough game in Chicago.
I expect the Rams D have a repeat performance, while Goff earns some redemption in sunny California.
Prediction: Rams win, 27-13
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Prediction: Rams win, 37-20
Brandon Bate (@NoPlanB_)
I’m struggling to think of a single reason why anyone would pick the Eagles to win this game.
Prediction: Rams win, 34-17