San Francisco 49ers (-2.5) vs Philadelphia Eagles
Why in the world are the 49ers favorites against a very good Eagles team at home?
This a question I think a lot of folks are asking themselves as we get ready for a doozy of a game on Sunday. Look, the 49ers are good on both sides of the ball, but Philadelphia is a very tough place to play with relentless and loud fans. To me the location of this game means a lot. You put this game in San Fran and I like San Fran, but in Philly, I like the Eagles to win in a close one.
The Eagles have shown that they do have weaknesses, but they seem to find a way to win each and every week. There is no giving up with this team, as they always feel like they have a chance even if their down. The challenge for the 49ers on defense is how do you defend the Eagles. You can try and load the box to stop D’Andre Swift and Jalen Hurts but when you do that it opens up holes on the pass defense. Or do you play the pass and let them run a little bit. Do you blitz against Hurts? That’s fine but he can escape most pass rushers and run for 5-10 yards. He is a very smart and athletic quarterback.
When I look at the coaches I like Kyle Shanahan, but don’t sleep on Nick Sirianni. I don’t think there’s a coincidence between the Eagles being 10-1 and Sirianni coaching at a every high level. He also has a top notch coaching staff with a winning culture. This game will be close with the home team pulling it out. I think the Eagles will put pressure on Brock Purdy and make it difficult on him to pass the ball. In addition, they will have a game plan for Christian McCaffrey and try to contain him as much as they can.
Prediction: Eagles 34 49ers 30