San Francisco 49ers vs. Philadelphia Eagles Preview (10/4/20): Betting Odds, Depth Charts, Live Stream (Watch Online)

It is week four in the NFL and the primetime Sunday night game this week is an NFC West vs. East battle between the San Francisco 49ers and the Philadelphia Eagles. The 49ers are coming off a dominant win over the New York Giants to improve their record to 2-1 on the year. The Eagles are still looking for their first win on the season after tying the Cincinnati Bengals last week in overtime to make their record 0-2-1. For odds movement and full matchup history, visit the San Francisco 49ers vs. Philadelphia Eagles matchup page.

TV Schedule

Date: Sunday, October 4th, 2020
Time: 8:20 PM ET
Location: Levi’s Stadium – Santa Clara, California
TV Coverage: NBC

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Injuries:

San Francisco 49ers: Dee Ford (IR, neck), Mark Nzeocha (IR, quadriceps), Jordan Reed (IR, knee), K’Waun Williams (questionable, hip), Jimmy Garoppolo (questionable, ankle), Raheem Mostert (questionable, MCL), Dre Greenlaw (questionable, quadriceps), Emmanuel Moseley (questionable, concussion)
Philadelphia Eagles: Jamon Brown (questionable, illness), Trevor Williams (questionable, ribs), Jalen Reagor (IR, thumb), Jason Peters (questionable, illness), Fletcher Cox (questionable, abdomen), Jake Driscoll (questionable, illness), J.J Arcega-Whiteside (questionable, calf), Lane Johnson (questionable, ankle), Miles Sanders (questionable, lower body), Dallas Goedert (IR, ankle), Avonte Maddox (doubtful, ankle), Rudy Ford (questionable, groin), Alshon Jeffery (questionable, foot), Desean Jackson (questionable, hamstring)

San Francisco 49ers

San Francisco 49ers Analysis

The 49ers are coming off a large win against the New York Giants after winning by 27 points. The 49ers have lost many of their best players to injuries this season. Jimmy Garoppolo, Raheem Mostert, Tevin Coleman, George Kittle, Deebo Samuel, Nick Bosa, and Richard Sherman have all suffered injuries and have missed at least one game. Surprisingly, the 49ers have still won their last two games luckily against two of the worst teams in the NFL against the New York Giants and the New York Jets. Some of the starters are hopefully returning this week against a slightly more difficult matchup against the winless Philadelphia Eagles.

Jimmy Garoppolo went down with an ankle injury in week two and is looking at possibly missing his second straight week for the 49ers. Nick Mullens came in to replace him last week and honestly, he did not play too bad. He threw completed 70% of passes while throwing for 343 yards and one touchdown with no interceptions. Granted, he faced one of the worst defenses in the league against the New York Giants. However, against another below-average defense in the Philadelphia Eagles, he should be able to play well to extend his team’s record to a hopeful 3-1.

The running game is left minimal without Tevin Coleman and Raheem Mostert in the backfield. However, Jerrick McKinnon has been sufficient running back in the backfield. Moreover, the play calling of Kyle Shannahan gave the 49ers three rushing touchdowns last week without two of their starting running backs. Even though the adversity of injuries, the offense has been able to dominate against weak teams that looked to take advantage of their losses to the starting lineup.

Next week, the 49ers look to see a return of George Kittle to their team from injury which should be a huge help. He was the second-best receiving tight end last season behind Travis Kelce and the 49ers love to use him in their offensive scheme. They could certainly use the help without Deebo Samuel in the lineup as well. Look for Shannahan to use him while taking advantage of their offensive line to run the ball against the Eagles next week.

Certainly, the 49ers defense has been able to successfully manage opposing teams’ offenses this season. They are second in points per game allowed to their opponents, only allowing an average of 15.3 points per game. Going against an Eagles offense that has seriously struggled by averaging 19.7 points per game, the defense should have no issue containing them and giving their offense time to stay on the field. Even without Nick Bosa and Richard Sherman, their defense has been continuously successful and will remain that way against the Eagles.

San Francisco 49ers Depth Chart

QB: Jimmy Garoppolo
RB1: Raheem Mostert
RB2: Tevin Coleman
WR1: Deebo Samuel
WR2: Brandon Aiyuk
WR3: Trent Taylor
TE: George Kittle

Philadelphia Eagles

Philadelphia Eagles Analysis

The Philadelphia Eagles came off a divisional win last season in the NFC East with a 9-7 record that gave them an automatic playoff berth. Currently, they are ranked as one of the worst teams in the NFL with a record of 0-2-1. After tying the Cincinnati Bengals last week in overtime, they are in the desperation of capturing a win on the season but will have a tough matchup with the 49ers next week.

Carson Wentz has been playing atrociously since the beginning of the 2020 season, even against below-average defenses. This season, he is tied for first in total interceptions thrown, completing only 59.8% of his passes, and has been sacked the third-most of any quarterback. It is no struggle to see that Wentz and the offensive line have been a major let down for the Eagles this season. The offense has only produced 19.7 points per game this season and will most likely go below that next week against the 49ers’ tough defense.

Like the 49ers, injuries have been a serious problem for the Eagles this season. This week on the injury report many players are questionable to play on Sunday. Jalen Reagor, Desean Jackson, Alshon Jeffery, Miles Sanders, and Dallas Goedert are either out or are questionable to play. All of these players are major starters for the Eagles and without them will have to rely on Boston Scott in the run game and Greg Ward and Zach Ertz in the passing game. Ertz has been quiet this season and will need to step up in week four if the Eagles want to capture their first win of the season.

The Eagles’ defense has not been superb but has been doing their best with an offense that can barely produce on offense. They hold their opposing teams well in total yardage, and their best chance of winning is taking advantage of the 49ers if Garoppolo cannot play again. If the defense can contain the 49ers offense in their injured wide receiver core, they will have a shot of winning if their offense can produce.

Philadelphia Eagles Depth Chart

QB: Carson Wentz
RB1: Miles Sanders
RB2: Boston Scott
WR1: Alshon Jeffery
WR2: DeSean Jackson
WR3: Jalen Reagor
TE: Zach Ertz

Betting Corner 49ers -7

Spread: 49ers -7
Moneyline: 49ers -305, Philadelphia Eagles +205
Over/Under: 46

If the Eagles were not as injured as the 49ers, I would say they could have a chance at winning. However, with the Eagles offense being as banged up as the 49ers I cannot see them winning. Since the 49ers have been producing on both sides of the ball in the last two weeks without Garoppolo or most of their starters, I like the 49ers to win and cover their spread.

Even though the 49ers have been putting up a lot of points against poor defenses, I like the under for this game because the Eagles do not score a lot of points, especially against tough defenses. Furthermore, the Eagles are a tougher defense than the 49ers have seen thus far in the season. I like the under for this matchup in week four.

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Fantasy Love/Hate Picks

Love

Zach Ertz has been really quiet this season after being one of the best receiving tight ends last season. With the Eagles’ wide receiving core being injured across the board, I think Ertz will have a solid fantasy football outing in week four. Ertz is a high-ceiling TE1 for week four.

Jerick McKinnon has been a replacement over Tevin Coleman and Raheem Mostert, who have been injured. He got a healthy amount of touches last week and was able to get into the end zone. The Eagles are another below-average defense that he should take advantage of in week four. He has RB2 potential and high-ceiling for a flex spot.

Greg Ward has been filling in as a starting wide receiver with the insurmountable amount of injuries to the Eagles’ offense. He caught eight passes off of eleven targets for 72 yards and a touchdown. Considering the Eagles’ receivers are still recovering, he will be integral for the Eagles next week in the passing game.

Hate

Miles Sanders has been banged up this week with an injury. The 49ers have an outstanding rushing defense and have been a top ten team in containing their opponents to rushing yards. He will probably be a must-start for most fantasy teams, but I would sit him if your fantasy team has a possible boom flex option on the bench.

Brandon Aiyuk was a part of the rushing and passing game last week, and even snuck in for a touchdown. However, with the return of George Kittle in the passing game, I don’t see him as a valuable fantasy starter next week even against a poor Eagles’ defense.

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