Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz looks to pass the ball against the Washington Football Team during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
PHILADELPHIA (AP) Jared Goff and Carson Wentz are an NFL rarity.
Two quarterbacks were selected Nos. 1-2 in the draft only seven times since 1967. It hasn't worked out for both teams until now.
Wentz finished third in NFL MVP voting his sophomore season when the Eagles won their first Super Bowl title, doing it without him after he tore two knee ligaments in his only other meeting against Goff and the Rams.
Goff led Los Angeles to a Super Bowl appearance the following season but lost 13-3 to New England.
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The two face off Sunday when the Rams (1-0) visit the Eagles (0-1).
''I have a lot of respect for him as a player and a guy,'' Wentz said of Goff. I enjoy playing against him.''
The Eagles traded up twice to get the second pick, hoping to get Wentz. They would've been happy with Goff, but it was known at the time he was going to the Rams.
''We liked Goff as well, and yet looking back and kind of thinking back on some of the conversations, just felt that Carson was the fit for us here in Philadelphia, his makeup, his chemistry, the style of play kind of fit what we were doing and that's nothing against Jared Goff because he's obviously had a great career so far,'' Eagles coach Doug Pederson said. ''It just made Carson a better fit for us at the time.''
Jim Plunkett and Archie Manning were picked 1-2 in 1971. Plunkett lasted only five seasons in New England but found success in Oakland where he led the Raiders to Super Bowl titles in the 1980 and 1983 seasons. Manning got stuck playing for the terrible Saints and won only 35 of his 139 career starts.
Drew Bledsoe and Rick Mirer went 1-2 in 1993. Bledsoe won 98 games and threw for 44,611 yards. Mirer was 24-44 as a starter with four teams.
Peyton Manning and Ryan Leaf went 1-2 in 1998. Manning is heading to the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Leaf is among the all-time draft busts.
Tim Couch and Donovan McNabb went 1-2 the following year. McNabb led the Eagles to several playoff appearances and one Super Bowl. Couch lasted five seasons, going 22-37.
Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III went 1-2 in 2012. Luck had an outstanding career before abruptly retiring before last season. Griffin started well, got injured, and is now a backup.
Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota went 1-2 in 2015. Both are currently backups with other teams and Mariota is on injured reserve.
Things worked out much better for Rams and Eagles.
''Both guys have done an excellent job leading their franchises,'' Rams coach Sean McVay said of Goff and Wentz.
Aaron Donald and Rams newcomer Leonard Floyd should be salivating facing an injury-depleted offensive line that allowed eight sacks in a 27-17 loss at Washington last week. Wentz called Donald a ''game-wrecker.'' The Rams contained Dallas' powerful offense last week in a 20-17 win under rookie defensive coordinator Brandon Staley.
The Eagles were missing three-time Pro Bowl right guard Brandon Brooks and three-time Pro Bowl right tackle Lane Johnson. Nate Herbig and rookie Jack Driscoll took their place and made their first career starts. Johnson is trending toward returning from an ankle injury this week. Herbig will remain in the lineup for Brooks, who tore an Achilles tendon in the offseason.
Running back Miles Sanders is expected to return for the Eagles after missing the opener with a hamstring injury. The run game couldn't get going without Sanders, who led all rookies in scrimmage yards last season. The Eagles had 57 yards rushing on 17 carries against Washington.
The Rams have been a dominant road team during McVay's tenure, winning each of their three openers in his tenure and going 20-8 in road and neutral site games, including playoff games. That dominance started to wane last season when Los Angeles lost its final two road games to drop to 5-4 away from the Coliseum, but McVay has still only lost to one road opponent with a losing record in three years.
The Rams replaced Todd Gurley with three running backs. Veteran Malcolm Brown got most of the workload against Dallas, running for 79 yards and two touchdowns. But McVay went into the game expecting to give more playing time to rookie Cam Akers, who started and ran for 39 yards. McVay is likely to give more work to Akers and second-year pro Darrell Henderson against the Eagles, but Brown could lead the way again if he remains effective.
Five Sleepers: Week 7
After coming down with a calf strain at practice on Friday, Aaron Jones is now expected to miss the Week 7 game against the Texans. This is a tough one for fantasy football managers, as Jones has been a reliable RB1 all season long and may be difficult to replace in fantasy lineups on short notice. Fourth-year running back Jamaal Williams is now expected to act as the lead RB, but rookie AJ Dillon will be in the mix as well and should see more touches than usual. Dexter Williams was added to the Packers active roster on Saturday as well for additional running back depth. Consider Williams a plug-and-play RB2/FLEX option, while Dillon looks more like an RB3/RB4 flier for deeper leagues. Both are also intriguing lower-cost options for DFS lineups, depending on the contest format.
Green Bay Packers RB Aaron Jones (calf) isn't expected to play Sunday, Oct. 25, and the team is planning on him not playing, according to sources Saturday, Oct. 24.
Fantasy Spin: It's a big blow for fantasy managers. Packers RBs Jamaal Williams, AJ Dillon and Dexter Williams should all play roles with Dillon being the most appealing for fantasy purposes.
Dallas Cowboys DB Rashard Robinson (undisclosed) was placed on the practice squad injured list Saturday, Oct. 24.
Cincinnati Bengals DT Mike Daniels was activated from the Reserve/Injured list Saturday, Oct. 24. DB Winston Rose was also promoted from the practice squad to the active roster.
Atlanta Falcons DE Austin Edwards and LB Edmond Robinson were added to the active roster from the practice squad Saturday, Oct. 24, as COVID-19 replacements.
San Francisco 49ers RB Tevin Coleman (knee) has an 'outside chance' of returning in Week 8, according to head coach Kyle Shanahan Saturday, Oct. 24.
Fantasy Spin: Coleman should be stashed now wherever available with RB Raheem Mostert going on the Reserve/Injured list Saturday.
Updating a previous story, Los Angeles Rams TE Tyler Higbee (hand) is officially listed as questionable for the game Monday, Oct. 26, against the Chicago Bears after getting in a limited practice Saturday, Oct. 24.
Los Angeles Rams DL Michael Brockers (non-injury) and CB Troy Hill (non-injury) didn't practice Saturday, Oct. 24, but don't carry injury designations for Week 7. DL Aaron Donald (non-injury) and OL Andrew Whitworth (non-injury) practiced in full and don't carry injury designations.
Los Angeles Rams TE Tyler Higbee (hand) is hopeful to play Monday, Oct. 26, according to head coach Sean McVay Saturday, Oct. 24.
Fantasy Spin: Higbee had a season-high 56 yards with three catches on four targets in Week 6. He's a low-tier TE1 when on the field.
Los Angeles Rams WR Robert Woods (groin) was a limited participant at practice Saturday, Oct. 24, but doesn't carry an injury designation into the Week 7 game against the Chicago Bears Monday, Oct. 26.
Fantasy Spin: Woods will be a somewhat risky WR3 play in what's projected as a low-scoring game against the Bears.
Kansas City Chiefs DE Alex Okafor (hamstring) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Saturday, Oct. 24.
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Chris Thompson was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday, Oct. 24.
Updating previous stories, San Francisco 49ers RB Raheem Mostert (ankle) was officially placed on the Reserve/Injured list Saturday, Oct. 24. S Johnathan Cyprien and S Jared Mayden were activated from the team's practice squad. WR Jauan Jennings (undisclosed) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list.
Tennessee Titans DB Dane Cruikshank was activated from the Reserve/Injured list to the active roster Saturday, Oct. 24. OL David Quessenberry and LB Daren Bates were elevated from the practice squad to the active roster.
Denver Broncos CB A.J. Bouye, DE Dre'Mont Jones and DE DeMarcus Walker were activated from the Reserve/Injured list to the active roster Saturday, Oct. 24. CB De'Vante Bausby was released in a corresponding move. Free-agent DL Sylvester Williams (Broncos) was re-signed to the practice squad. RB Jeremy Cox and LB Nigel Bradham will be elevated from the practice squad to the game-day roster for Sunday, Oct. 25.
Las Vegas Raiders DE David Irving and CB Dylan Mabin were activated from the practice squad Saturday, Oct. 24.
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Trey Edmunds and LB Jayrone Elliott were elevated from the practice squad to the active roster Saturday, Oct. 24.