Week 2 of the NFL slate brings the San Francisco 49ers to Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday. These teams play in different divisions and are separated by the whole of flyover country, yet somehow there are a lot of memorable moments from the games they have played over the years:
- 1989: Joe Montana throws four fourth quarter touchdown passes at the Vet to beat the Eagles, 38-28.
- 1994: The Eagles, who would go on to finish 7-9 after starting the year 7-2, beat the eventual Super Bowl Champion 49ers at Candlestick Park by the incomprehensible final of 40-8.
- 1997: A 24-12 49ers win is punctuated by a 73-yard punt return by 49er Chuck Levy and a fan firing a flare gun in the stands during the game on a Monday night.
- 2005: Former 49er Terrell Owens catches touchdowns of 68 and 42 yards in a 42-3 Eagles rout of the 49ers.
- 2011: Eagles running back Ronnie Brown – from the 49er one-yard-line — commits a brainless “fumble,” only called a fumble because while he was trying to throw the ball while being tackled he was falling backwards, a play that contributes to a 24-23 49er win.
This weekend’s game promises to be intriguing in its own right, as both teams are coming off season-opening victories. The 49ers gave their fans a scare, jumping out to a 35-10 lead only to be hanging on in Detroit at the end for a 41-33 win. Hey…where have I seen that final score before?
The 49ers are favored by three points over the Eagles. The 49ers are -155 on the money line, while the Eagles are +135. Per our partners at Unibet PA, the over/under in Week 2 is 49.5.
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49ers vs. Eagles Over/Under
Here are the over/under odds from Unibet PA:
- Over 49.5: (-112)
- Under 49.5: (-109)
Bart Scott apparently thinks you should take the 49ers on the money line:
"If the 49ers lose to the Philadelphia Eagles, I'll shave my eyebrow off."
— Get Up (@GetUpESPN) September 16, 2021
As with nearly every NFL game, it’s likely going to come down to quarterback play. The quarterbacks are the linchpin of this pick. Jimmy Garoppolo has been a bit of an enigma for the 49ers, mainly because he has missed so many games due to injury. Garoppolo missed 13 games in 2018 due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. A sprained right shoulder and a pair of high ankle sprains have cost him handfuls of games in other seasons.
Still, as of this writing, Garoppolo is healthy and ready to start on Sunday. When Garoppolo starts, he’s better than average and, on occasion, exceptional. In 2019, where he started and played 16 games, Garoppolo threw for almost 4,000 yards, with 27 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. His quarterback rating for the season was a stellar 102. Garoppolo feasted on the Lions last week, throwing for 314 yards on 25 attempts without an interception. In short, Garoppolo is not Matt Ryan, and the 49ers are not the Falcons. The 49ers will score points in this game.
It comes down to whether you believe that Jalen Hurts is the player who looked like Russell Wilson 2.0 against the Falcons last week or something else. At some level, that might not matter. In the past five home openers, the Eagles have scored the following totals (from 2016 forward): 29, 27, 18, 32 and 19. The average of those five games is 25. The Eagles don’t win every home opener, but they almost never no-show for it. And, for what it’s worth, 2021 Jalen Hurts looks a whole lot more dangerous than 2020 Carson Wentz, or 2019 Carson Wentz for that matter.
THE PICK: OVER 49 (Eagles 29, 49ers 24)
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