Game Predictions & Player Projections - STL vs PHI

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Game Predictions & Player Projections - STL vs PHI

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Prediction: STL 20, PHI 34 (Line: PHI by 7)

The 1-2 Rams come off their bye having just fallen short against the Cowboys and their only win was on the road in Tampa Bay. The 3-1 Eagles come off their first loss but are 2-0 at home. The Rams give away plenty of points in road games and the Eagles will take all they can.

St. Louis Rams

1 MIN 6-34 10 @ARI —–
2 @TB 19-17 11 DEN —–
3 DAL 31-34 12 @SD —–
4 BYE —– 13 OAK —–
5 @PHI —– 14 @WAS —–
6 SF —– 15 ARI —–
7 SEA —– 16 NYG —–
8 @KC —– 17 @SEA —–
9 @SF —–  
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The bye week helped get Shaun Hill more healthy but aside from the Dallas loss, this offense only scored one touchdown over two other games and that was a rushing score. The defense has been poor against teams with any level of offensive ability and the offense struggles to move the ball. The schedule is brutal starting this week and it never gets any better aside from week 13 when the Raiders show up (assuming they show up).

QUARTERBACK : HC Jeff Fisher said that Shaun Hill remains the starter when he returns despite the success of Austin Davis in Dallas when he passed for 327 yards and three touchdowns. All other passing stats have disappointed and no doubt will continue to do so when facing a defense of any measure. Hill was able to practice some on the bye so I will assume he starts.

Updates as warranted even though you will never read this one.

RUNNING BACK : Zac Stacy is forced to share with Benny Cunningham with only serves to make Stacy a shaky RB3 who has just one score on the year and never more than 71 rushing yards. Stacy was never used as a receiver until in Dallas where he came up with 54 yards on five receptions so there is hope that continues. Cunningham never gains more than around 30 yards in any game.

WIDE RECEIVER : Tavon Austin was inactive last game because of his MCL sprain and Steadman Bailey replaced him and yet never had a target. Kenny Britt only had one catch going into Dallas so his five receptions for 69 yards was a surprise. Brian Quick remains the lead receiver with around 75 yards per week and a score in the Dallas game. This is a very lackluster group that rarely scores and offers no consistency.

TIGHT END : No real fantasy value here though Lance Kendricks caught a touchdown in Dallas. Jared Cook turns in 50+ yards per week but so far has not scored.

MATCH TO THE DEFENSE: The Eagles have yet to allow fewer than two passing scores but the Rams bring in one of the weakest passing units in the league. The Eagles have allowed only one rushing score but oddly four touchdowns to running backs. Consider Stacy a moderate play and hope he continues to also catch passes since that is a weakness of the Eagles. No reason to start any other Rams.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points STL 26 25 22 8 11 28
Preventing Fantasy Points PHI 31 20 29 9 27 16

Philadelphia Eagles

1 JAC 34-17 10 CAR —–
2 @IND 30-27 11 @GB —–
3 WAS 37-34 12 TEN —–
4 @SF 21-26 13 @DAL —–
5 STL —– 14 SEA —–
6 NYG —– 15 DAL —–
7 BYE —– 16 @WAS —–
8 @ARI —– 17 @NYG —–
9 @HOU —–  
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The Eagles string of comebacks finally faltered in San Francisco last week but two home games against the Rams and Giants should make for a 5-1 bye when they can finally sit down together as a team and discuss what is wrong with LeSean McCoy. To his benefit, RT Lane Johnson comes off suspension and immediately upgrades the line that has been making do with roster dregs to cover the several injuries and suspensions this year. The news is good here – the Eagles have not scored less than 34 points in a home game. And the Rams have never allowed fewer than 34 points on the road.

QUARTERBACK : Nick Foles finally stumbled last week in San Francisco along with the rest of the team. But he was on a three game streak of passing for 320+ yards and usually two touchdowns. His only two home games produced five total touchdowns for a positive sign about this week. That may get in the way this week is the Eagles trying to re-ignite their rushing offense.

RUNNING BACK : LeSean McCoy was held to only 17 yards on ten carries last week and that followed up 22 yards on 20 runs versus the Redskins. His year started well enough with 100+ yard games and plenty of catches but these past two weeks he’s gone into hiding. He was visibly upset after the San Francisco loss and responded “it doesn’t matter” when asked if he was healthy. McCoy had turf toe in the summer but again – he ran well three weeks ago. HC Chip Kelly also said that McCoy is healthy.

This will be a critical week for him. This is one of the softest matchups he’s going to get. If he falters here – something is very wrong.

WIDE RECEIVER : Jeremy Maclin is still the only wideout that comes up big each week though he had his first score-less game of the year just last week. Maclin is the only one getting double-digit targets in every week. Jordan Matthews scored twice on his eight catches for 59 yards versus the Skins but then was back to only four catches for 28 yards. Maclin is the only constant here but Matthews is starting to progress.

TIGHT END : Not unlike McCoy, Zach Ertz began the season with two big games but then settled for a very minor role the last two weeks when he totaled just six catches for 57 yards. He too needs to get back to producing more.

MATCH TO THE DEFENSE: The Rams defense has already given up two 100 yard rushers and each quarterback to face them has scored twice. But the yardage has been very low if only because of the reliance on the rushing effort. Have to like Foles, Maclin and McCoy in this game. So long as McCoy is really healthy and TMZ did not discover tape of him beating nuns, he should have a bounce back game here. This week is all about McCoy – he needs to shine here for all concerned.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points PHI 13 14 12 15 4 1
Preventing Fantasy Points STL 10 12 13 4 22 31

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