Philadelphia Eagles versus 49ers: Expert shares Niners biggest weakness

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Will home-field advantage play a factor for the Philadelphia Eagles.

A season ago, we thought the Birds had an advantage at home by hosting the Los Angeles Rams in the early window of a game played in Week 2 a season ago. We were wrong, but maybe San Fran will have worse luck.  We asked Panacy about that in our chat.

Inside The Iggles: The Niners travel across the country with this one. Is there any truth or validity to the theory that West Coast teams playing on the East Coast and doing so in the early window have a disadvantage?

Panacy: Usually, I’d say yes. Anyone, including myself, traveling back east can attest to the jet lag and how it can impact someone traveling on short notice. Fortunately for San Francisco, the team is staying back east after Week 1 and in advance of Week 2, so that should help a lot with the time adjustment.

The 49ers have done this for a few years now, including early in 2019 when they had a Week 1 bout against the Buccaneers and then a Week 2 game versus the Cincinnati Bengals. And again last year, too, between Weeks 2 and 3, which were both at MetLife Stadium against the Jets and Giants, respectively.

It’s hard to say whether or not that gives the Niners any edge, but it certainly can’t hurt.