LOS ANGELES – Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery had his way with the Los Angeles Rams defense on Sunday night at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, using his big body to create a catch radius, shrugging off defenders and presenting a big target for quarterback Nick Foles.
The two connected four times for 87 yards in the second quarter of the 30-23 win over Los Angeles and they were just getting started. Jeffery ended Sunday night’s game with 160 yards receiving (his most as an Eagle and third-highest single-game total in his career) on eight receptions (eight targets). Jeffery did it all – catching short passes and gaining yards after the catch, beating the Rams down the field, and, well, just winning.
The Rams had no answer for Jeffery, who picked up right where he left off working with Foles from Super Bowl LII and, really, the entire 2017 postseason when Foles and Jeffery hooked up 12 times for 219 yards and three touchdowns, including a 34-yard touchdown to open the scoring in Minneapolis. Jeffery, of course, did not play in the first two games of this season that Foles started as Jeffery was still rehabbing from surgery to repair his rotator cuff injury.
The two were certainly in rhythm on Sunday night.
"It's just practice and working hard every day in practice," Jeffery said. "Coach (Doug Pederson) is always preaching next man up, it doesn't matter who's out there. Nick is our quarterback right now, so we're just rolling with it."
Jeffery wasn't the only weapon in the passing game as Foles completed passes to seven players, including Golden Tate, who had five receptions for 43 yards. Tight end Zach Ertz went over the 100-catch mark for the season with three receptions and the Eagles used a spread-the-wealth approach to gain 381 total net yards and win the time of possession battle, controlling the football for 31:36.
"We had a great week of practice and since I've been here the weeks when we had really good practices are the ones when we play well," Tate said. "We just want to keep doing that.
"It was fun. We moved the ball. We ran the ball, we caught the ball. Everyone got targets. Everyone had a chance to make plays and we did enough to win the game."
Getting the football to Jeffery was critical, as it opened up the field for everyone else. He and Foles hadn't played in a game together since the Super Bowl. On Sunday night, the two of them made up for lost time and revived a passing game when the Eagles needed it most.
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