Week 4 Predictions: Eagles @ 49ers

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Sep 21, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) follows through on pass while being pressured by Philadelphia Eagles outside linebacker Trent Cole (58) during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Tyler Buecher, Staff Writer

After allowing the sixth most points so far this season, the Philadelphia Eagles defense needs to shows up against a suddenly struggling San Francisco 49ers offense. Last week’s abysmal 3rd down defense allowed the Washington Redskins to convert their first five 3rd downs of the game. Improving in this area will be paramount to keeping San Francisco’s offense in check.

Offensively, the rushing attack will have some tough sledding up front as injuries have thrust three new starters along the interior of the offensive line. The passing game will have to be the focal point this week as the Eagles currently trail only the Atlanta Falcons in passing yards and will look to create mismatches against the 49ers secondary. I’d anticipate another rough outing for running back LeSean McCoy against San Francisco’s tremendous run stuffing defense as the offense leans on Nick Foles this week.

If the Eagles defense can keep things close and prevent any big plays from Colin Kaepernick, they may have a chance on the road. The last team that has possession of the ball could very well end up taking home the victory of two closely matched teams. If it’s anything like the Eagles first three games, expect another thrilling game to watch.

49ers 24, Eagles 23