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Quarterbacks Carson Wentz and Jared Goff became intertwined as the top two quarterbacks leading up to the 2016 NFL Draft. Their teams face off on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field as the Philadelphia Eagles host the Los Angeles Rams.

Sunday's matchup is not the teams' first since the 2016 draft, when Goff and Wentz went 1-2, respectively: The Eagles won games in 2017 and '18, the two most recent victories in a six-game Philadelphia winning streak over the Rams dating back to 2005.

Week 2 is, however, the first featuring both Wentz and Goff since Wentz sustained an ACL tear against Los Angeles in 2017.

"We exchange texts every now and then," Wentz said of his relationship with Goff. "Lot of respect for him as a player and as a guy, consider him a friend. The rest of that, the rivalry and all that stuff, that's neither here nor there."

Philadelphia (0-1) heads into its home opener with a healthy Wentz, but keeping the quarterback upright is paramount for the Eagles following a disappointing Week 1 loss.

After building a 17-0 lead in the first half at Washington, the Eagles lost 27-17. Philadelphia was outscored 20-0 in a second half that included two turnovers and a missed field goal.

Philadelphia's offensive woes were a byproduct of a patchwork line missing key starters Lane Johnson (ankle), Brandon Brooks (Achilles) and Andre Dillard (biceps). The Eagles also went into Week 1 with Jason Peters having missed 10 days of preseason workouts while under contract negotiations.

The uncertainty up front contributed to Philadelphia giving up eight sacks to Washington.

Brooks and Dillard are on injured reserve, but Johnson returned to practice on Wednesday. The Eagles also welcomed back to practice running back Miles Sanders, who missed the opener with a hamstring injury.

The Eagles face a rash of injuries on the defensive line with Brandon Graham (concussion protocol) and Javon Hargrave (pectoral) both questionable, and Vinny Curry (hamstring) scratched. They are likely to get Derek Barnett back from a hamstring injury, however.

Los Angeles (1-0), meanwhile, comes into Philadelphia with a full-strength defensive line built around five-time All-Pro Aaron Donald.

"Tremendous player," Pederson said of Donald on Wednesday. "There's not many offensive lines out there that slow this guy down. He goes from snap-to-whistle. He's 100 miles per hour. That's tough for us."

The Rams defeated Dallas 20-17, a win highlighted by running back Malcolm Brown's two rushing touchdowns and wide receiver Robert Woods' 105 yards on six catches.

Donald -- who tallied a sack and delivered four quarterback hits against the Cowboys -- is operating out of a new look in 2020. Pederson noted the changes from seasons past when longtime coaching veteran Wade Phillips oversaw the Rams defense.

Thirty-seven-year-old Brandon Staley replaced Phillips ahead of the 2020 campaign, having most recently coached outside linebackers for the Denver Broncos. Donald still operates out of a 3-4 base, but subtle alignment changes present Philadelphia with a new challenge.

"It starts with (center Jason) Kelce and echoes across the offensive line," Pederson said.

Rams coach Sean McVay said Wednesday he thought his team struggled with tackling early against the Cowboys, a result of having no preseason games, but added: "We got better as the game progressed."

The trajectory of the game bears that out, too, with Los Angeles only yielding a field goal after halftime.

While Philadelphia comes into Sunday's contest with a bevy of injury-related questions, the Rams appear to be fortunate. Wednesday's injury report lists tight end Gerald Everett as the sole player not to practice due. He came out of the Week 1 win with a back injury.

--Field Level Media

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Los Angeles Rams

Philadelphia Eagles

Player Position Lineup
Austin Blythe primary: Center Starter
Michael Brockers primary: Defensive End Starter
Austin Corbett primary: Right Guard Starter
Aaron Donald primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Jared Goff primary: Quarterback Starter
Rob Havenstein primary: Right Tackle Starter
Tyler Higbee primary: Tight End Starter
Troy Hill primary: Left Cornerback Starter
John Johnson III primary: Free Safety Starter
Sebastian Joseph-Day primary: Nose Tackle Starter
Micah Kiser primary: Inside Linebacker Starter
Cooper Kupp primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Joe Noteboom primary: Left Guard Starter
Jalen Ramsey primary: Right Cornerback Starter
Josh Reynolds primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Darious Williams primary: Cornerback Starter
Robert Woods primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Kenny Young primary: Inside Linebacker Starter
Andrew Whitworth primary: Left Tackle Starter
Cam Akers primary: Halfback Starter
Leonard Floyd primary: Outside Linebacker Starter
Jordan Fuller primary: Strong Safety Starter
Malcolm Brown primary: Runningback Substitution
Samson Ebukam primary: Outside Linebacker Substitution
David Edwards primary: Offensive Linesman Substitution
Bobby Evans primary: Offensive Linesman Substitution
Gerald Everett primary: Tight End Substitution
Greg Gaines primary: Defensive Linesman Substitution
Johnny Hekker primary: Punter Substitution
Darrell Henderson Jr. primary: Runningback Substitution
David Long Jr. primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Jake McQuaide primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Johnny Mundt primary: Tight End Substitution
Ogbonnia Okoronkwo primary: Outside Linebacker Substitution
Natrez Patrick primary: Linebacker Substitution
Taylor Rapp primary: Safety Substitution
Troy Reeder primary: Inside Linebacker Substitution
Nick Scott primary: Safety Substitution
Coleman Shelton primary: Offensive Linesman Substitution
Nsimba Webster primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Jachai Polite primary: Outside Linebacker Substitution
Van Jefferson primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Terrell Burgess primary: Safety Substitution
Samuel Sloman primary: Kicker Substitution
Xavier Jones primary: Runningback Substitution
Morgan Fox primary: Defensive Linesman Substitution
Justin Hollins primary: Linebacker Substitution
Brian Allen primary: Offensive Linesman Not active
John Wolford primary: Quarterback Did not play
Brycen Hopkins primary: Tight End Not active
Tremayne Anchrum Jr. primary: Offensive Linesman Not active
Eric Banks primary: Defensive Linesman Not active
Trishton Jackson primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Raymond Calais primary: Runningback Not active
Player Position Lineup
Fletcher Cox primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
T.J. Edwards primary: Middle Linebacker Starter
Marcus Epps primary: Safety Starter
Zach Ertz primary: Tight End Starter
Nathan Gerry primary: Outside Linebacker Starter
Brandon Graham primary: Defensive End Starter
Nate Herbig primary: Right Guard Starter
DeSean Jackson primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Malik Jackson primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Lane Johnson primary: Right Tackle Starter
Jason Kelce primary: Center Starter
Avonte Maddox primary: Cornerback Starter
Miles Sanders primary: Runningback Starter
Isaac Seumalo primary: Left Guard Starter
Josh Sweat primary: Defensive End Starter
Greg Ward primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Carson Wentz primary: Quarterback Starter
Darius Slay primary: Cornerback Starter
Jalen Mills primary: Safety Starter
Rodney McLeod primary: Safety Starter
Jalen Reagor primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Jason Peters primary: Left Tackle Starter
JJ Arcega-Whiteside primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Derek Barnett primary: Defensive End Substitution
Jake Elliott primary: Kicker Substitution
Rudy Ford primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Dallas Goedert primary: Tight End Substitution
Cameron Johnston primary: Punter Substitution
Rick Lovato primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Jordan Mailata primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Matt Pryor primary: Guard Substitution
Duke Riley primary: Linebacker Substitution
Boston Scott primary: Runningback Substitution
Alex Singleton primary: Linebacker Substitution
Javon Hargrave primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Hassan Ridgeway primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Nickell Robey-Coleman primary: Cornerback Substitution
Jalen Hurts primary: Quarterback Substitution
Davion Taylor primary: Linebacker Substitution
K'Von Wallace primary: Safety Substitution
Jack Driscoll primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
John Hightower primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Shaun Bradley primary: Linebacker Substitution
Casey Toohill primary: Defensive End Substitution
Corey Clement primary: Runningback Substitution
Cre'von LeBlanc primary: Cornerback Substitution
Trevor Williams primary: Cornerback Substitution
Richard Rodgers primary: Tight End Substitution
Genard Avery primary: Linebacker Not active
Alshon Jeffery primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Sua Opeta primary: Guard Not active
Nate Sudfeld primary: Quarterback Not active
Jason Huntley primary: Runningback Not active
Jamon Brown primary: Guard Not active

Los Angeles Rams

Philadelphia Eagles

  • Match Start
  • Period 1
  • MIN 1
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 5 Yards
    • Rusher: Robert Woods
    • Conv Kicker: Samuel Sloman
  • MIN 6
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 38 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Jake Elliott
  • MIN 11
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 4 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Tyler Higbee
    • Passer: Jared Goff
    • Conv Kicker: Samuel Sloman
  • Period 2
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 5 Yards
    • Rusher: Miles Sanders
    • Conv Kicker: Jake Elliott
  • MIN 6
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 1 Yards
    • Rusher: Carson Wentz
    • Conv Rusher: Miles Sanders
  • MIN 12
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 3 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Tyler Higbee
    • Passer: Jared Goff
    • Conv Kicker: Samuel Sloman
  • Period 3
  • MIN 2
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 30 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Samuel Sloman
  • Period 4
  • MIN 3
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 2 Yards
    • Rusher: Darrell Henderson Jr.
    • Conv Kicker: Samuel Sloman
  • MIN 10
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 28 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Tyler Higbee
    • Passer: Jared Goff
    • Conv Kicker: Samuel Sloman
  • MIN 12
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 33 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Jake Elliott
  • Match End

GAMES

Last 10

W 70% L 30%
7 3
  • @Tampa Bay W 27 - 24
  • Seattle W 16 - 23
  • @Miami L 17 - 28
  • Chicago W 10 - 24
  • @San Francisco L 16 - 24
  • @Washington W 30 - 10
  • N.Y. Giants W 9 - 17
  • @Buffalo L 32 - 35
  • @Philadelphia W 37 - 19
  • Dallas W 17 - 20
W 33% L 67%
3 6
  • @Cleveland L 17 - 22
  • @N.Y. Giants L 17 - 27
  • Dallas W 9 - 23
  • N.Y. Giants W 21 - 22
  • Baltimore L 30 - 28
  • @Pittsburgh L 29 - 38
  • @San Francisco W 25 - 20
  • Cincinnati D 23 - 23
  • L.A. Rams L 37 - 19
  • @Washington L 17 - 27

Next Games

  • San Francisco(10-13-19) L 20 - 7
  • @Arizona(12-01-19) W 34 - 7
  • New England(02-03-19) L 13 - 3
  • N.Y. Jets(11-18-12) L 27 - 13
  • @Seattle(10-03-19) L 29 - 30
  • Seattle(01-05-20) L 17 - 9
  • @Green Bay(09-26-19) W 34 - 27
  • New Orleans(10-11-15) W 17 - 39
  • @Arizona(10-26-14) L 20 - 24
  • @Dallas(10-20-19) L 10 - 37

Last Meetings

  • Rams @ Eagles 37-19
  • Eagles @ Rams 30-23
  • Eagles @ Rams 43-35
  • Rams @ Eagles 28-34
  • Eagles @ Rams 31-13
  • Rams @ Eagles 3-38

American Football Conference

AFC EastWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Buffalo Bills73 0.7000.00.00.0 4-13-27-0-3
Miami Dolphins64 0.6001.00.00.0 3-23-26-0-4
New England Patriots46 0.4003.00.00.0 3-21-44-0-6
New York Jets010 0.0007.00.00.0 0-50-50-0-10
AFC NorthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Pittsburgh Steelers100 01.0000.00.00.0 5-05-010-0-0
Cleveland Browns73 0.7003.00.00.0 5-12-27-0-3
Baltimore Ravens64 0.6004.00.00.0 2-34-16-0-4
Cincinnati Bengals27 1.2227.50.00.0 2-20-52-1-7
AFC SouthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Tennessee Titans73 0.7000.00.00.0 4-23-17-0-3
Indianapolis Colts73 0.7000.00.00.0 4-13-27-0-3
Houston Texans37 0.3004.00.00.0 2-31-43-0-7
Jacksonville Jaguars19 0.1006.00.00.0 1-40-51-0-9
AFC WestWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Kansas City Chiefs91 0.9000.00.00.0 4-15-09-0-1
Las Vegas Raiders64 0.6003.00.00.0 2-34-16-0-4
Denver Broncos46 0.4005.00.00.0 2-32-34-0-6
Los Angeles Chargers37 0.3006.00.00.0 2-31-43-0-7

National Football Conference

NFC EastWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Philadelphia Eagles36 1.3330.00.00.0 2-21-43-1-6
Dallas Cowboys37 0.3000.50.00.0 2-31-43-0-7
Washington Football Team37 0.3000.50.00.0 3-30-43-0-7
New York Giants37 0.3000.50.00.0 2-31-43-0-7
NFC NorthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Green Bay Packers73 0.7000.00.00.0 3-14-27-0-3
Chicago Bears55 0.5002.00.00.0 2-33-25-0-5
Detroit Lions46 0.4003.00.00.0 1-33-34-0-6
Minnesota Vikings46 0.4003.00.00.0 1-43-24-0-6
NFC SouthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
New Orleans Saints82 0.8000.00.00.0 5-13-18-0-2
Tampa Bay Buccaneers74 0.6361.50.00.0 3-24-27-0-3
Carolina Panthers47 0.3644.50.00.0 2-42-34-0-6
Atlanta Falcons37 0.3005.00.00.0 1-42-33-0-7
NFC WestWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Los Angeles Rams73 0.7000.00.00.0 4-03-37-0-3
Seattle Seahawks73 0.7000.00.00.0 5-02-37-0-3
Arizona Cardinals64 0.6001.00.00.0 3-23-26-0-4
San Francisco 49ers46 0.4003.00.00.0 1-43-24-0-6

Last Injuries

Philadelphia Eagles

  • Jason Kelce

    Elbow
    Ques Mon | questionable

    Kelce left the last game with an elbow injury, and it is up in the air if he will be in the lineup against the Seahawks on Monday.

  • Lane Johnson

    Shoulder
    Ques Mon | questionable

    Johnson was removed from the previous game due to a shoulder injury, and it is uncertain if he will suit up against the Seahawks on Monday.

  • Rudy Ford

    Hamstring
    Ques Mon | questionable

    Ford left the last game due to a hamstring injury, and it is unclear if he will line up for Monday's game against the Seahawks.

  • Jason Peters

    Undisclosed
    Ques Mon | questionable

    Peters was lifted from the previous game due to an undetermined injury, and it is unknown if he will face the Seahawks on Monday.

  • Zach Ertz

    Ankle
    Prob Mon | I-R

    Ertz has been sent to the Injured Reserve/Designated for Return list due to a high-ankle sprain, and his two-week window to be activated has started.

  • Genard Avery

    Elbow
    Ques Sun | I-R

    Avery has been added to the Injured Reserve/Designated for Return list, and the team has three weeks to activate him.

  • Noah Togiai

    Knee
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Togiai sat out the previous game with a knee injury, and it is unknown if it will affect his availability for Sunday against the Titans.

  • Corey Clement

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Clement has been shifted to the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list, and it is uncertain how long it will take for the symptoms to subside.

Los Angeles Rams

  • Ogbonnia Okoronkwo

    Elbow
    Ques Sun | I-R

    Okoronkwo has landed on the Injured Reserve/Designated for Return list after recovering from an elbow injury. The team has three weeks to activate him.

  • Trishton Jackson

    Illness
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Jackson has missed the past three games due to an illness, and it is unclear if he will be available for Sunday's matchup versus 49ers.

  • Tyler Higbee

    Elbow
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Higbee has an injured elbow, and it is undetermined if he will face the 49ers on Sunday.

  • Brian Allen

    Knee
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Allen sat out his previous two games with a knee injury, and it is unclear if he will be available versus the 49ers on Sunday.

  • Taylor Rapp

    Knee
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Rapp has been moved to the injured reserve list with a knee sprain, and a timetable for return has yet to be declared.

  • Andrew Whitworth

    Knee
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Whitworth will miss an significant length of time while on the injured reserve list due to a torn MCL and damage to the PCL in his left knee.

  • Joe Noteboom

    Calf
    Prob Sun | probable

    Noteboom has been taken off the Injured Reserve/Designated for Return list after recuperating from Grade 2 calf strain, and he is likely to return Sunday versus the Seahawks.

  • David Edwards

    Abdominal
    Prob Sun | probable

    Edwards is bothered by an abdominal injury, but it is unlikely to obstruct his availability against the Seahawks on Sunday.

Los Angeles Rams vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Tyler Higbee caught three touchdown passes from Jared Goff, and the Los Angeles Rams recovered after nearly coughing up a three-score lead to beat the host Philadelphia Eagles 37-19 on Sunday.

Los Angeles (2-0) jumped to a 21-3 lead in the early second quarter on the second of Higbee's career-high three scoring grabs. The tight end matched his touchdown total from the entire 2019 season in Sunday's effort.

Philadelphia (0-2) struck for two quick touchdowns before halftime to trail 21-16: a Carson Wentz goal-line carry, and a 5-yard Miles Sanders rush 35 seconds before intermission. Sanders rushed for 95 yards on 20 carries in his 2020 debut, returning from a hamstring injury.

The Eagles threatened to take the lead midway through the third quarter, but Darious Williams intercepted Wentz's would-be touchdown pass intended for J.J. Arcega-Whiteside.

Wentz finished the day 26-of-43 passing for 242 yards. He was intercepted a second time by Troy Hill late in the game.

After exchanging field goals, Goff followed a 40-yard Darrell Henderson rush with a 28-yard, rainbow-arcing pass to a streaking Higbee for the touchdown. The ensuing 12-point cushion gave Los Angeles all the breathing room it needed to hold on.

Goff completed his first 13 pass attempts on the day and finished 20-of-27 for 267 yards. Henderson rushed for 81 yards on 12 carries, and caught a 28-yard pass off of a rub route in the late fourth quarter to set himself up for his first career touchdown on the ensuing snap.

Henderson carried just three times for six yards in Week 1, while Malcolm Brown saw the majority of touches. Brown finished Sunday's contest with 47 yards on 11 carries.

Before three kneel-downs to end the game, Los Angeles averaged 5.4 yards on 36 carries behind a stout offensive line effort.

Philadelphia's offensive line was much more productive against Los Angeles than in Week 1 when it allowed eight sacks to Washington. The return of Lane Johnson fueled a sack-free day and helped neutralize Aaron Donald.

The Rams five-time All-Pro defensive tackle finished with just one tackle.

--Field Level Media