Date and Time: Sunday, 9/28/14 at 4:25pm on FOX
Game Line: San Francisco 49ers -5 (from WagerWeb)
Philadelphia Eagles at San Francisco 49ers Sunday NFL Football Analysis: The Philadelphia Eagles have overcome deficits and weak offensive line play to start 3-0 for the first time in three years while the San Francisco 49ers have started slowly for the second straight season. They’re hoping Week 4 again proves to be the start of a turnaround Sunday when Philadelphia visits San Francisco. The Eagles are one of three remaining undefeated teams following last Sunday’s 37-34 home win over Washington. They became the first club in league history to win its first three games despite trailing by at least 10 points in each. Philadelphia amassed 379 yards of offense against a Redskins defense that had previously given up an NFL-leading average of 234.5. Jeremy Maclin continued his strong start, catching eight passes for 154 yards and a touchdown and rookie Jordan Matthews scored on two of his eight receptions. The Eagles are second in the league with 33.7 points per game. Despite being 3-0 for the first time since a 7-0 start in 2004, Philadelphia has had to deal with a lack of continuity along the offensive line after no starter missed a game in 2013. Center Jason Kelse the latest to be hit by injury and will undergo sports hernia surgery, likely sidelining him for at least eight weeks. Right tackle Lane Johnson is serving the last of a four game suspension after testing positive for a banned substance. Allen Barbre, the initial fill-in broke his ankle and left guard Evan Mathis is set to miss at least six more games with a knee injury. The beleaguered unit hasn’t allowed a sack in back to back games but it’s making things more difficult for LeSean McCoy who carried the ball 19 times for 22 yards against the Redskins. The 1.2 yards per carry average was the worst of his career in a game in which he ran at least 10 times. The 49ers led 14-6 at halftime against the Cardinals and 20-7 after three quarters of the previous week’s 28-20 defeat to Chicago. They remain the league’s only team yet to score in the fourth quarter. San Francisco may want to get back to establishing the run after having just nine carries by its running backs against the Cardinals and 18 against the Bears. The team’s backs ran 25 times for 116 yards in the opener versus Dallas. Frank Gore’s six carries against Arizona matched his fewest in his last 51 regular-season games. His 276 rushes last year tied for eighth-most in the league. If San Francisco can get the running game going, their defense will have time to recover on the sideline and they will make for a long day for Nick Foles and LeSean McCoy behind a weak offensive line. This line looks over inflated and San Francisco needs a convincing home win in this contest. They’ve been very strong with their backs against the wall the last two seasons and they should rebound in this game.
Sunday NFL Week 4 Philadelphia Eagles at San Francisco 49ers Free Picks: San Francisco 49ers -5 and under 50.5
Philadelphia Eagles at San Francisco 49ers Game Prediction: 27-20 San Francisco
What to expect in this Week 4 NFL Football match up: This will be a coming out party for a San Francisco defense that hasn’t played up to their standards so far this season. Their defensive front seven will be in the Philadelphia backfield early and often, limiting LeSean McCoy’s yards and Nick Foles time to find receivers down the field. On the other side of the football, the 49ers will get back to running the football for the first time in three weeks. If they can get Frank Gore and Kaepernick going running the football it will keep the Eagles dynamic offense on the sidelines and allow for long, time consuming drives that will help keep this game under the total.