“Best QB They’ve Faced”
ITB: Eagles Up Against Resurgent Matt Stafford, Better-Than-Expected Rams
A series of challenges await the Philadelphia Eagles in their upcoming matchup against the Los Angeles Rams.
On the latest episode of “Inside The Birds,” Adam Caplan and Geoff Mosher previewed Week 5 and offered their final score predictions.
Adam Caplan: “Cooper Kupp has a hamstring [injury], but it’s more than a hamstring. There is something related to it, he went to see a specialist. He started working pretty heavy on Thursday, took a decent amount of starters reps. He has a very good chance of being activated.”
Geoff Mosher: “They have done a good job against Aaron Donald in the past. I do have some concerns in that they are starting a different right guard in Sua Opeta. The one thing the Rams do a lot of is move Aaron Donald around and then he himself moves around, stunts, twists. I would not be surprised if you saw Donald stunt over the left tackle and try to beat out (Jordan) Mailata with that quickness against that size.”
Mosher: “Stafford will be the best quarterback the Eagles have faced so far. What Matthew does is hang in there, he throws between the numbers with conviction…that is where you can hurt the Eagles.”
Caplan: “The Eagles play a ton of Cover 3. Stafford is a master at Cover 3.”
Mosher: “He is faster than a tight end, but he is not faster than most receivers, but he is bigger than most wide receivers but not as big as most tight ends. He is sort of like a hybrid Z receiver that you can move around and create mismatches in the seams and he has good hands.”
Caplan: “We don’t know if (Joseph) Noteboom will play, (Rob) Havenstein has been there forever, is a power blocker. Coleman Shelton has done okay, they signed him years ago. This is an extremely beatable offensive line.”
Final Score Prediction
Caplan: “I have it Rams 20, Eagles 27. I just don’t see how the Rams are going to hold down with these no name players who are overachieving. But would it surprise me if the Eagles lost? Not at all.”
Mosher: “I am going to pick the Eagles to win 27-24. I’m picking the Eagles, but I’m not confident in it. It’s a long west coast trip, they are hurt in the secondary and the Rams are tough.”
– Benjamin Paul is a staff writer for InsideTheBirds.com.