Despite the win, the Eagles lost Carson Wentz to a knee injury. Bettors were hurt pretty badly as well, specifically those who took either the Rams at the closing line of +2, the second-half line of -2.5, or had them in a teaser.
All of those wagers were losers after a wild play to end the game. Trailing 37-35 with just one second left on the clock, the Rams tried to play the lateral game, which actually led to a touchdown — only not for Los Angeles. Philadelphia’s Brandon Graham scooped up the loose ball and ran it into the end zone to give the Eagles an eight-point win.
“I was surprised he got back up”: Jared Goff led the Rams to victory despite being on the receiving end of two sacks from fellow Cal alumnus Cameron Jordan, the second leaving the Saints defensive end surprised at Goff’s durability. “I was joking with him that I was surprised he got back up after that second sack, but he responded well,” Jordan said. “That is something that I expect nothing less from another Cal Bear player.”
There’s some reason to believe the prime for NBA players has extended because of an increased focus on maintaining health and performance, as well as improved techniques and technology. Just as James is historic in the minutes he has played since a young age, so too is his dedication to playing at a high level. His business partner, Maverick Carter, told Bill Simmons last year that James spends $1.5 million a year on his body. That investment appears to be money well spent.
The Patriots won’t have Rob Gronkowski, but they’ll have their red-hot running game in a rematch from just two weeks ago, this time with their defense facing Jay Cutler. Tom Brady will again have fun attacking the Dolphins’ overmatched corners, and there’s a good bet for another Cutler pick six against a talented secondary that’s playing much better than it was earlier in the season.