McVay, Rams Moving On to Challenges Eagles Present

Last year, the Rams and Eagles played one of the best games of the NFL season in Week 14.

The two teams went back and forth for most of the game, until the Eagles took the lead with a field goal late in the fourth quarter.

Philadelphia ended up scoring a touchdown off a fumble recovery as time expired in the game to make the score look more lopsided than the game really was, with the Eagles taking home a 43-35 victory.

In 2018, the situations are significantly different for both teams. The Rams (11-2) have already clinched their division, whereas the Eagles (6-7) are in danger of falling out of playoff contention.

Nevertheless, head coach Sean McVay noted that the Eagles will present multiple challenges — both offensively and defensively — in his Monday press conference.

"I think, really, in a lot of instances, you're seeing some different things personnel-wise," McVay said of the differences between the 2017 and 2018 Eagles. "But, they're still a tough, competitive, team offensively. Any time you've got Carson Wentz running the show, it's a tough animal. He does a great job when it's on schedule, off schedule. He can beat you with his legs or with his arm. I think he's an elite competitor.

"[WR] Nelson Agholor is a guy that's gotten a lot better and then [TE] Zach Ertz is on pace to have one of the most prolific seasons in the history of the tight end position. So, they've got playmakers."

Ertz currently has 98 receptions for 1,016 yards — both of which are career highs. He's also added six touchdowns this season.

Check out the best photos from the Rams' Week 14 matchup against the Bears.

As for Philadelphia's defense…

"[T]hey've obviously had a lot of injuries, but you still see elite players up front with [DE] Brandon Graham, [DT] Fletcher Cox, now adding [DE] Michael Bennett — he's been a big presence for them," McVay said. "Then, Malcolm Jenkins is one of the more complete safeties in this league. He's been that for a long time. He's been an instrumental leader for them.

"Then, you've just seen them have to mix and match some different things, but [defensive coordinator Jim] Schwartz does an excellent job," McVay continued. "So, you still see a really good, physical football team. Just went toe-to-toe with a team that's playing as well as anybody [on Sunday], and a couple plays here and there and they come away with a win."

"So, we've got to be ready to go, but I would say a lot of the same — great competitors, great players and great coaches. It's a challenge."

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