Hat Trick! Higbee Scores 3TDs as Rams Dismantle Eagles

The Rams partied all day in Philly mainly due to Tyler Higbee’s (89) 3 touchdown catches

Photo by Bill Streicher of USA Today

The Rams partied all day in Philly mainly due to Tyler Higbee’s (89) 3 touchdown catches

PHILADELPHIA, PA– After last week’s nail-biting win over Dallas, the Rams came out with a purpose this week and laid it to the Philadelphia Eagles as LA dominated with a 37-19 win. The star of the day for Los Angeles was emerging tight end, Tyler Higbee. Higbee enjoyed a monster day hauling in 5 catches for 54 yards and 3 scores. Jared Goff also enjoyed a confidence booster as he tossed for 20/27 for 267 yards and 3 touchdowns. The Rams defense enjoyed a fantastic day as well as they registered 3 turnovers and helped limit Carson Wentz & the Eagles to minimal offensive production. Overall, it most definitely was sunny in Philadelphia for the Rams.

The game couldn’t have started any better for the Rams than the way it did. On the opening possession of the game, Eagles running back Miles Sanders fumbled the football and the Rams swooped right in to pick it up. Capitalizing on the takeaway, a few plays later the Rams would score on a quick 4-yard play-action pass to Higbee, and the Rams took the early 7-0 lead. After relinquishing an Eagles field goal, the Rams marched down the field on their next offensive drive. With stellar throws from Goff to rookie Van Jefferson and star Cooper Kupp, LA found themselves with 2nd & Goal from the 5 before Robert Woods would rush into the endzone for a touchdown.

The blocking opens up perfectly for running back Darrell Henderson (27) (Photo by Bill Streicher of USA Today)

On the following drive, the Rams forced a quick 3-and-out for the Eagles. It was demoralizing for Philly, but it was even more so the following drive. After the punt, the Rams again were able to fly down the field. Led by the precision passing of Goff, the Rams capped off the drive with another Higbee & Goff connection for a touchdown. It was at this point that the Rams lead was 21-3. Dominance.

On the next drive, Philadelphia finally cracked the code and was able to move down the field against the LA defense. The drive ended with a Miles Sanders 1-yard touchdown, but the Eagles went for the 2-point conversion and were not able to convert, so the score remained 21-9. After a Rams punt, the Eagles got the ball back with the hope of scoring before half. That hope was simmered to a halt though after Philly couldn’t convert a third down. However, the Eagles got a huge break on the punt as the usually reliable Cooper Kupp muffed the punt and the Eagles recovered at the LA 11. 2 plays later, Sanders scored his 2nd touchdown of the day and cut the Rams lead to 21-16 going into the half.

After hauling in a score, Tyler Higbee (89) is congratulated by Robert Woods (17)
(Photo by Bill Streicher of USA Today)

Coming out of halftime, the Rams defense cranked up the intensity. On the 2nd drive of the half, Philadelphia started to mount a serious drive. Reaching the Rams 21, the Eagles looked like they were in prime position to score. However, as Carson Wentz launched a laser to the endzone, Rams cornerback Darious Williams jumped the pass to come up with the momentous interception. A touchdown would’ve given Philly the lead but instead, it became LA ball with a chance to extend their lead.

After the teams exchanged field goals, it was the Rams turn offensively. The drive started with a bang as running back Darrell Henderson busted out a 40-yard run to open the drive. A couple plays later, the Rams perfectly sold the play-action pass and Goff delivered a beautiful touch to Tyler Higbee for their 3rd touchdown of the afternoon. The ensuing drive, the Eagles drove down to the LA 34 after a dump off to Miles Sanders. However, incomplete passes on 3 out of the 4 following plays forced a turnover on downs for Philly and it spelled doom for the Eagles. The Rams were able to score a touchdown the next drive with solid runs from Darrell Henderson and after a second Wentz interception, that’s all she wrote for the Eagles. The Rams would leave Philly with a 37-19 win and a 2-0 record.

After a disappointing 2019 campaign, the Rams have to feel good about where they stand 2 games into 2020. The defense looks far more determined than last year, the running game is alive, and Jared Goff is feeling extra confident. In a way weird, lower expectations for 2020 might have been the best thing that has happened to the Rams this year. In many ways last year, it felt like the Rams were forcing themselves to emulate the 2018 team instead of establishing a new identity. There were too many forced passes from Goff, too many forced runs to Gurley, and not enough energy defensively in 2019. This year feels different though. This year, Goff is taking what the defense gives him, the running back by committee is flourishing, and so far the Rams defense has been lights out. And when you consider the number of injuries suffered by the rival 49ers today, the path to the playoffs looks far more optimistic this year than it did last year. Still, though, this was game 2 out of 16 so the Rams still have a long way to go.

2-0 in 2020 certainly feels more assured than it did in 2019 for the Rams. It appears as though that this team has finally found their identity post-Todd Gurley: run-heavy offense with occasional play-action and put pressure defensively. And as the past two years have taught us, when the Rams know their identity, it’s bad news for the rest of the NFC. Knowing their identity can make the Rams elite again. Elite teams though win tough games. And next week, the Rams will have their hands full trying to win a tough game as they go to Western New York to take on the Buffalo Bills at 10 am on FOX.