ST. LOUIS -- It was not crisp, it was not pretty, but the loaded Eagles were simply too much for the Rams and cruised past them, 31-13, on Sunday at Edward Jones Dome as they opened a season of promise with a victory.
The three-headed monster of Michael Vick, DeSean Jackson and LeSean McCoy ran all over the Rams' defense as the Eagles defensive line hounded quarterback Sam Bradford, who eventually left the game with an injured hand.
What happened: Vick wasn't especially sharp throwing the ball, but he bailed the offensive line out time after time with long, often dazzling scrambles. Jackson finished with six catches for 102 yards and a touchdown that gave the Eagles a 24-10 lead early in the third quarter and McCoy iced the game with a 49-yard TD burst in the fourth. McCoy went over 100 yards for the fourth time in his three-year career. He also caught a 7-yard score in the first quarter.
Why it happened: The Eagles' superior talent was too much for a St. Louis team that often shot itself in the foot. Losing running back Steven Jackson, who opened the game with a 47-yard TD run, didn't help matters. But St. Louis abandoned the run early even though they were torching the Eagles D on the ground and then Bradford's receivers dropped pass after pass. The Eagles defense, though, made some adjustments and the Rams offensive line just could not contain the Eagles' front four that recorded five sacks.