Goff, Higbee team up as Rams defeat 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