Sunday, October 4, 2020, Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, California, 8:20 p.m. ET
Eagles at 49ers Betting Preview: Eagles (+7/-110), 49ers (-7/-110)
Presumably President Donald Trump was not talking about football when he said “bad things happen in Philadelphia” during Tuesday’s debate, but bad things keep happening to the Eagles (0-2-1) this season.
Carson Wentz threw his fifth and sixth interceptions of the season and an untimely false start penalty wiped out a potential game-winning 59-yard field-goal attempt in Sunday’s 23-23 tie with the visiting Bengals.
Wentz is last in the NFL with a 63.9 passer rating, worse than even the winless New York duo of Sam Darnold (70.7) and Daniel Jones (69.2). Coach Doug Pederson insists there’s no QB controversy brewing with second-round pick Jalen Hurts. “You don’t go there. That’s a knee-jerk reaction,” Pederson said Monday on WIP-FM.
The struggles aren’t limited to the offense. Although Philly sacked Bengals rookie Joe Burrow eight times and hit him 18 times, the Philadelphia defense still has not forced any turnovers through 12 quarters plus an overtime. The Eagles have one fumble recovery on special teams.
San Francisco 49ers
After winning two straight games on the punishing turf at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., the 49ers (2-1) will look for their first home win of the season on Sunday night. Nick Mullens stepped in for the injured Jimmy Garoppolo (ankle) and threw for 343 yards and a touchdown in last Sunday’s 36-9 victory against the Giants. San Francisco outgained New York 420-231 and held the ball for 39:44.
With All-Pro tight end George Kittle (knee) sidelined for a second straight week, the 49ers got rushing and receiving TDs from running back Jeff Wilson and rushing scores from Jerick McKinnon and rookie wideout Brandon Aiyuk. Robbie Gould kicked three field goals, including one from 52 yards.
Despite the absences of linemen Nick Bosa and Solomon Thomas to season-ending injuries, the defense forced three turnovers and didn’t allow New York to run a single play inside the red zone. San Francisco ranks third in the NFL in total defense (304.0).
Eagles at 49ers Betting Pick for Week 4
The Eagles are 3-0 in California under Pederson, beating the Chargers in 2017 and the Rams in 2017 and 2018. With speedy first-round receiver Jalen Reagor (thumb) reliable tight end Dallas Goedert (ankle) landing on IR this week, Pederson will likely head home with his first ‘L’ in the Golden State.
San Francisco lost its Week 1 home opener to Arizona largely because DeAndre Hopkins went off for 14 catches and 151 yards. The Eagles don’t have anyone in Hopkins’ class. Garoppolo did not practice Wednesday, but Kittle was a full participant.
Eagles at 49ers Betting Pick:
49ers 28, Eagles 20
Eagles at 49ers Best Bet for Week 4
In their last meeting on Oct. 29, 2017, the Eagles won 33-10 and improved to 7-1 en route to a Super Bowl title. The 49ers fell to 0-8 and acquired Garoppolo in a trade with the Patriots two days later.
The 20 players who are still with San Francisco from that team will settle that old score on Sunday night.
Eagles at 49ers Best Bet: OVER 45 (-110)