Offseason Opponent Breakdown: The Philadelphia Eagles

Check out photos of the Rams taking on the Eagles throughout the years.

The 2018 NFL Season is still a few months from its official kickoff date, but the opponents for all 32 clubs have already been set.

Aside from their divisional opponents, the Rams will face teams from the NFC North and AFC West. Plus, Los Angeles will take on the reigning division champions from the NFC East and NFC South. 

In anticipation of the official schedule release date in mid-April, theRams.com will be taking an early look at each of club's opponents for next season. 

THE PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

LOCATION:The Rams will welcome the Eagles to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for the second consecutive season in 2018.

HEAD COACH: Doug Pederson has been the Eagles' head coach since 2016. In just two seasons with Philadelphia, Pederson's led the club to a 20-12 overall record and the franchise's first Super Bowl Championship.

MATCHUP HISTORY:The two teams have met 41 times — including three postseason appearances — in all-time series history. Philadelphia holds the advantage over Los Angeles with 21 wins to the Rams' 19. Last season, the Eagles edged the Rams 43-35 to clinch the NFC East.

2017 RECORD: Philadelphia finished 2017 at 13-3 en route to an NFC Championship and its first ever Super Bowl title — beating the Patriots 41-33 in Super Bowl LII.


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WHO'S IN, WHO'S OUT?**

The Eagles boosted their already strong defensive line unit by bringing in two former Super Bowl Champions in Haloti Ngata and Michael Bennett. The duo have a combined eight Pro Bowls and over 80.0 career sacks between them. Philadelphia was also able to keep its top free agent priority, re-signing linebacker Nigel Bradham to a long term deal.

Bradham was a key part of the Eagles defense in 2017, recording 88 tackles — five for loss — and eight passes defensed. He was also able to step into an important leadership role after middle linebacker Jordan Hicks went down with a season-ending injury.

And while Philadelphia had a strong free agency period overall, the franchise did lose several key players in wide receiver Torrey Smith, cornerback Patrick Robinson, running back LeGarrette Blount, and tight end Brent Celek.

WHAT ABOUT THE DRAFT?

With the loss of Celek and tight end Trey Burton, many mock draft experts believe the Eagles will select a young tight end with the No. 32 overall pick. South Dakota's Dallas Goedert has been brought up as a top-rated option. In his senior season alone, Goedert recorded 72 receptions for 1,111 yards and seven touchdowns.

Should Philly elect to go with defense, linebacker Leighton Vander Esch (Boise State) or cornerback Jaire Alexander (Louisville) are two potential first-round selections.

LOOK OUT FOR:

The clash between reigning division champions. The Eagles and Rams will enter 2018 as two of the most exciting teams in the NFC. Although both will look different this season, the contest should once again bring a back-and-forth battle between two clubs that feature both a dynamic offense and formidable defense.

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