By Teddy Brenner
Carson Wentz and Jared Goff were drafted at the top of the first round in 2016.
And, if today’s Rams’ 37-19 pasting of the Eagles is any indication, they are like two ships passing in the night:
Goff to open seas and Wentz into a hurricane.
Goff threw three touchdowns and completed his first 13 passes, including a pair of TDs to Tyler Higbee as the Rams jumped to a 21-3 lead minutes into the second quarter.
After the Eagles (0-2) pulled within one score, Goff’s 28-yard TD pass to Higbee in the fourth iced it for Los Angeles (2-0).
Goff and Carson Wentz were selected Nos. 1-2 in the 2016 draft, and in their only other head-to-head meeting in December 2017, Wentz tore two knee ligaments. Nick Foles stepped in and eventually led the Eagles to its their Super Bowl title.
Rams coach Sean McVay got his first win over Doug Pederson and the Eagles in three tries. McVay outcoached defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz early as Los Angeles scored TDs on its first three possessions.
Goff finished 20 of 27 for 242 yards. Went was 26 of 43 for 242 yards and two interceptions.
Darrell Henderson ran for 81 yards and had his first career TD run. The Rams gained 449 total yards, including 191 on the ground. Higbee had three TD catches all of last season on 69 receptions.
The Rams took a 7-0 lead on Goff’s 4-yard TD pass to Higbee after Miles Sanders’ fumble on the third play gave them the ball at the Eagles 41.
Robert Woods ran in from the 5 on a perfectly executed end-around following a fake hand-off up the middle to make it 14-3.
Goff’s 3-yard TD toss to Higbee increased the lead to 21-3.
But the Eagles answered with a 1-yard sneak by Wentz and 5-yard TD run by Sanders to get within 21-16 at halftime.
Cooper Kupp’s decision to field a punt at the 4 with under a minute left in the first half backfired when T.J. Edwards knocked the ball loose and the Eagles recovered at the Rams 11. Sanders scored a few plays later.
The Eagles were driving on their first possession of the third quarter but Darious Williams made a diving interception in the end zone on Wentz’s pass to J.J. Arcega-Whiteside.
The Rams turned that into a 30-yard field goal by Samuel Sloman for a 24-16 lead. Jake Elliott’s 33-yarder cut it to 24-19.