PICK: Eagles 20, Rams 16 Get betting tips on these games at nj.com/betting/nfl Chris Franklin: Eagles reporter, NJ Advance Media The first two selections of the 2016 NFL Draft, Jared Goff and Carson Wentz, will meet once again. Philadelphia has a slew of injuries and its depth is being tested. Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald is going against an offense that gave up eight sacks in Week 1 against Washington.
Forty years had passed since those Eagles led by Hall of Fame halfback Steve Van Buren and a rookie linebacker named Chuck Bednarik defeated the Rams 14-0 in a rain-soaked title game at the Los Angeles Coliseum. The Eagles brought back all the living members of that team for a weekend reunion that culminated with a halftime tribute at the Vet. The highlight was the sight of Van Buren in his number 15 jersey, long since retired by the team, walking onto the field to join his teammates.
The Seattle Seahawks have had a nasty habit of starting slowly. If their debut at Atlanta last weekend is any indication, Pete Carroll and Russell Wilson have the motors revving from the jump. Few teams were more impressive than Seattle as the NFL season began.