Where to listen on radio: 94 WIP, SIRI 139 (Away), SIRI 93 (Home)
Time: 1:00 p.m. EST
Where to watch on TV: FOX
Announcers: Ron Pitts, Jim Mora Jr.
God, this is what we’ve become? A Ron Pitts/Jim Mora Jr. game?
Line: Philadelphia -9.5, O/U 44
Last Meeting: The Eagles held on for a 27-24 win last October when they traveled to San Francisco. The win moved the Eagles to 3-2 on the season, and kept the 49ers winless. Kevin Kolb completed 21 of 31 passes for 253 yards and a touchdown to Brett Celek.
The 49ers moved the ball well in that game, compiling 364 total yards, but Alex Smith also threw three interceptions. The key play came when Quintin Mikell returned a Smith fumble 52 yards for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter.
It was a sloppy win that at the time seemed like it would only temporarily stabilize a sinking ship. As it turns out, the Eagles got hot and won the NFC East. Clearly, there are some parallels between the two games. Or let’s hope, anyway.
Predictions after the jump.
Bob Wankel: I have no idea what to make of this game. I watched the 49ers slop their way to an ugly win over Cincinnati last week. But I also watched the Eagles inexplicably fail to make clutch play time and time again against the Giants. This is a game the Eagles should win. In fact, it’s a game the Eagles have to win. I’m going to pick them here. But confidence is fleeting. Eagles 26, 49ers 17.
Steve Fini: The Eagles’ offense should have no problem moving the ball through the air. While the ground game will struggle, they should still put up a decent amount of points. This game also looks like the perfect medicine to get the defense on track. They’re going up against a quarterback who is prone to making mistakes, bad against pressure, and doesn’t have a great group of receivers. Oh wait, didn’t we say the same thing last week?
The bottom line is if the Eagles don’t play to their potential, they’re going to continue to lose games they should win. San Francisco has one advantage and that is in special teams. Ted Ginn, Jr. has been explosive this season on returns and the Eagles need to keep him in check. His big returns and the Eagles lack-there-of could be a cause for concern. Yet, I just don’t see it. I can’t see the 49ers coming in and winning this game.
Eagles struggle, but pull away late in an ugly one (much like the Rams game). Eagles 27, 49ers 14.