Philadelphia Eagles top questions ahead of their home opener

Miles Sanders #26, Jalen Hurts #1, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)
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2. Can the Philadelphia Eagles defense have a repeat performance?

The Philadelphia Eagles’ defense, after a shaky start, was able to hold the Falcons to only 260 yards of total offense. The secondary locked down the backfield as the defensive front dominated and took control of the rest of the game, but it cannot be overstated. This came versus a team that isn’t good.

Philly fans are aware that the 49ers offense is more complex and overall more talented than Atlanta’s. San Fran’s head coach, Kyle Shanahan, has become one of the better offensive gurus in the league over the course of the past few seasons, however, from his powerhouse offense in 2019, defenses in the NFL have caught on more and more to his play schemes.

Like Philly, the 49ers will use misdirection, multiple formations, and put in place safety valves for their starting quarterback to throw to. Yes, the Niners put up 41 points on the Lions, but as stated before, Detriot is in the running for finishing as one of the worst teams in the league.

So, as impressive as their offensive performance was (if anyone watched the game), it looked like coach Shanahan kind of emptied the playbook to obtain the victory. Overall, the 49ers have more established weapons compared to Philly, but they do lack heavily in-depth. So the Eagles do have a solid opportunity to make a pretty large stand against their opponents, but it may not be so easy to adjust as it was against the Falcons.

Advantage: There isn’t one. This one’s a draw.