KEYS TO THE GAME
The Philadelphia Eagles (0-2-1) will travel to Levi Stadium to square off against the defending NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers (2-1) at 8:20PM on Sunday Night Football. The Birds are coming off a tie with the Bengals while the 49ers blew out the Giants. Both teams have a significant injury concerns but it looks the 49ers will get back George Kittle. What are the Keys to the Game?
1. Carson Wentz
We can keys to the game this any way you want but Carson Wentz CANNOT miss the wide open throws. The Eagles have no shot to win if Carson does not hit the open receivers.
The good news is after missing this throw, Carson put the team on his back and started to use his legs. He ran in the game tying touchdown late in the 4th quarter. He hit Zach Ertz on a rope in over time moving the ball into Bengals territory too. Signs are moving towards Wentz getting out of this funk.
2. Nate Gerry and the Eagles Linebackers
Has Nate Gerry ever played a game where he had sustained success? He has been awful this year and the matchup against the 49ers doesn’t help in the slightest.
Well guess what? All signs point to George Kittle playing . Kyle Shanahan is great at identifying Linebackers and causing confusion as to if the play will be run or pass. Eagles fans should be very nervous about the pass coverage from the linebackers. As for the run, Remember the Jet Sweep from Week 2 vs the Rams? Yeah the 49ers do that too. Maybe give Davion Taylor a shot?
3. Pressure from the Eagles Defensive Line
Last week, the Eagles defensive line generated 8 sacks and 18 hurries on Joe Burrow. Jimmy Garropolo is out so its Nick Mullens again for San Francisco. The line will have to dominate once again to get Nick out of rhythm. If they can get enough pressure and interrupt the 49ers quick passing attack the Eagles will increase their chance to win. The 49ers offensive line has some holes which makes this a matchup the birds must take advantage of this week. Look out for another bid day from Josh Sweat!
4. Move the Chains
All you need to do is get 10 yards every 3 downs (Technically 4). The Eagles need to make things simple by using Greg Ward and just move the chains. Get first downs by chipping away and build some momentum.
Turnovers? Ever heard of them? The Eagles certainly have on the offensive side of the ball. Wentz has 6 interceptions through 3 games and as a team the Eagles fumbled the ball 6 times. Luckily they recovered 5 of those so any 1 counts against their -7 turnover ratio. As far as the defense, Their last one? Sidney Jones’ interception of Daniel Jones on the last day of the 2019 regular season. Click that link and Reuben Frank breaks it all down.
The winless Eagles are due for a win. I think this game comes down to the Eagles have the better quarterback and a defensive line that can cause havoc to Nick Mullens. The Eagles linebacker play will continue to be exposed but turnovers will keep the Eagles in the game. As I said in the intro both sides have injuries to fight through this week but the 49ers defense is too banged up. The Eagles win this one and quite possibly will be in 1st Place on Monday Night! Go Birds!
Eagles 24 – 49ers 20
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