The Philadelphia Eagles hosted the Rams for the season opener today. The Rams, coming off of a 3-13 season were looking to redeem themselves and prove that they had righted the ship. The Eagles, who finished last season with three straight wins to go 8-8 and finished last place in the NFC East, looked to prove that they were here to compete in a tough division.
The Eagles succeeded in proving that they were a better team than last year; the Rams did not however. Quarterback Marc Bulger went 14 for 26 and 158 yards, and was sacked three times. Running back Steven Jackson, who held out for most of the off-season, gained 40 yards on 14 carries, while the Rams only got 36 total rushing yards. The Eagles’ D brought the pressure, and just shut down the Rams’ offense for the better part of the game.
The Rams defense could do no better, as the Eagles racked up 522 total net yards. The Eagles had three different receivers gain over 100 yards in this game. Rookie Desean Jackson had six receptions for 106 yards, as well as 97 return yards. Hank Baskett and Greg Lewis each pulled in over a hundred yards as well, with Baskett catching a 90 yard touchdown reception.
The Eagles ran the ball for a total of 108 yards and two touchdowns, with Westbrook getting 91 of them and a touchdown.
The Rams’ offensive line was just terrible, allowing the Eagle D to get in the backfield all day. Their best lineman, Pro-bowl left tackle Orland Pace, left the game with an injury.
If this game is any indication of how these two teams will play during the rest of the season, then Rams’ fans are in for a long season, while Eagles’ fans can hope for their team to make a real push for top dog in the NFC.