- The Eagles are 0-3 against the spread this season
- Nick Mullens remains a serviceable back-up to Jimmy Garoppolo
- Philadelphia is 5-0 ATS in their last five games at San Francisco
Rookie quarterback Joe Burrow outplayed Carson Wentz Week 4 and it resulted in the Bengals and Eagles tying 23-23. Philadelphia fell to 0-2-1 straight up and 0-3 against the spread this season.
Despite losing a healthy chunk of their star roster in a Week 2 victory over the Jets, San Francisco regrouped and throttled the woeful New York Giants, 36-9. The 49ers improved to 2-1 SU and ATS after covering -3 as road favorites inside MetLife Stadium.
|Week 4: Philadelphia Eagles vs San Francisco 49ers Game Info|
|Date: October 4, 2020, 8:20 p.m. ET|
|Stadium: Levi’s Stadium|
|TV Coverage: NBC|
|Opening Odds: 49ers -6 | O/U 47.5|
|How to Bet: Best Online Sportsbook Reviews|
San Francisco opened as 6-point home favorites and remain touchdown favorites as of Monday morning. The Eagles moneyline opened at +169, but has soared well over +200 after the Bengals game. The point total opened at 47.5, but has since dipped back down to 45.0 at most online sportsbook we track. The total has gone OVER in five consecutive Eagles road games.
The 49ers are 5-2 against the spread over their last seven games, while Philly is just 6-13 in their last 19 games against the NFC West.
Philadelphia Eagles News and Notes
Despite his league-worst QB rating, Carson Wentz earned vocal support from his head coach Monday. Eagles head coach Doug Pederson told a local Philadelphia radio station that thoughts of replacing Wentz with rookie Jalen Hurts would be a “knee jerk reaction” and reiterated that Wentz is the team’s quarterback and he’ll get it fixed.
Through three games, Wentz has completed less than 60 percent of his passes with three touchdowns and six interceptions. His offensive line has done him no favors as Wentz has been sacked 11 times already, third-most among starting quarterbacks. Due to injuries, the 49ers pass rush has been downgraded heading into the match-up, which should allow Wentz to breathe a sigh of relief.
On the defensive side of the ball, this is Philly’s most damning stat:
Through the first 13 quarters of the 2020 season, the Eagles have force ZERO turnovers. Their one takeaway was a fumble recovery on a punt return.
As for injuries, tight end Dallas Goedert left the Bengals game with an ankle injury and is OUT this week, DeSean Jackson’s hamstring kept him out of the second half and defensive back Avonte Maddox also tweaked an ankle. The latter two are questionable against the 49ers, while talented receiver Jalen Reagor is out indefinitely with a thumb injury.
San Francisco 49ers News and Notes
The term “next man up” gets tossed around in sports all the time, but in the case of the 2020 San Francisco 49ers, it’s next men up. The team lost Jimmy Garoppolo, Raheem Mostert, Solomon Thomas and Nick Bosa to injury in their Week 2 win over the Jets.
While they were playing a cellar dweller in the New York Giants, you have to hand it to back-up Nick Mullens stepping up in place of Jimmy G again. He passed for 343 yards with a touchdown, did not turn the ball over and converted 8-of-12 third downs. The Niners dominated time of possession nearly 2-to-1 and won the turnover battle 3-0. Mullens was 3-5 in eight games as the team’s starter back in 2018 when he passed for 2,277 yards (284.6 YPG), 13 touchdowns and tossed 10 interceptions
However, one of the best stats of the weekend is that despite the losses on defense, the 49ers did not allow the Giants to reach the red zone.
Against a reeling Giants franchise, San Francisco didn’t rebuild between Week 2 and 3, it re-loaded and now gets a shot to knock out a reeling Eagles squad, while their franchise players work their way back to the field.
Betting Pick: Niners -6
All I can picture is the guy sitting at the table with the cardboard sign that says “There’s no way the Eagles can cover against the 49ers. Change my mind.” The one thing that may get lost when capping this contest is that Nick Mullens is an above-average quarterback and he’s on his home turf. Don’t discredit that nor the players remaining on the 49ers offensive line have a significant advantage against the Eagles front seven.