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Rams 2024 opponent breakdown: Philadelphia Eagles, Week 12

Our offseason opponent breakdown series on continues with us getting caught up on Los Angeles' Week 12 Sunday Night Football home opponent, the Philadelphia Eagles (Nov. 24, 5:20 p.m. PT on NBC).

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The Eagles started off the 2023 season as one of the NFL's hottest teams, starting with a five-game win streak and winning 8 of their first 9 games overall before their Week 10 bye. For multiple reasons, their offense was a significant part of that success – the scored at least 25 points seven times during that span, and their successful version of the QB sneak dubbed "tush push" made Philadelphia almost unstoppable in short yardage situations.

Coming out of the bye week, the final 8 weeks of the regular season was a different story. The Eagles offense eclipsed 25 points only three times during that stretch, and the defense surrendered that amount or more six times.

Finishing the regular season 8th in total yards of offense per game and 7th in points per game, the imbalance of a defense allowing the 7th-most yards per game and third-most points per game was unsustainable by the time the playoffs arrived, as No. 5 seed Philadelphia fell to No. 4 seed Tampa Bay in the wild card round of the playoffs.

Key changes

Significant turnover came on the defensive side of the coaching staff. Philadelphia parted ways with Sean Desai and hired Vic Fangio – whom the Dolphins parted ways with this offseason – as his replacement.

All told, defense accounted for six of the Eagles' nine new coaching staff hires this offseason.

Changes were also made to the offensive side of the coaching staff as well, as head coach Nick Sirianni installed former Chargers offensive coordinator Kellen Moore to the same position. Doug Nussmeier, who was the Chargers' quarterbacks coach last season, was hired to the same position on the Eagles staff.

Head coach

Sirianni enters his fourth season as head coach of the Eagles, compiling a 34-17 regular season record and 2-3 playoff record through his first three years.

What to watch for

New-look, but somewhat familiar, Eagles offense and defense

There's a good chance the Philadelphia offense Los Angeles defense will be preparing this season for won't be the same as the one it prepared for last season. Likewise for L.A.'s offense studying Philadelphia's defense.

When Sirianni held his end-of-season press conference in late January and spoke about the offensive coordinator opening, he mentioned wanting to fill it with someone who could be "in charge" of that unit. Although in his previous three years the offensive coordinator called the plays, they did so under the vision Sirianni had for the offense. Now, Moore appears to be the first offensive coordinator under Sirianni who will tailor the offense to his vision rather than the head coach's.

The Rams have seen Moore often, especially because of multiple matchups with the Cowboys throughout the Sean McVay era, so their defense likely have some idea of what Moore wants the Eagles offense to look like. The same could also be said for the Rams' offense, since they've been running a version of Fangio's system since 2020. That familiarity should make for a fun chess-match between both teams in primetime.

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