PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (2-2)
at SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (0-4)
Kickoff: Sunday, 8:20 p.m. EDT, Line: San Francisco -3, Total: 38
The Eagles travel to winless San Francisco to battle the 49ers without their quarterback, Michael Vick. He is expected to miss 2-to-4 weeks of action after suffering an injury to his ribs in last week’s loss to Washington. Kevin Kolb regains his starting spot which he lost in Week 1 after suffering a concussion against Green Bay. Betting lines.
Kolb has only played in two road games in his career, completing 17-of-34 passes for 96 yards, 0 TD and 2 INT in mop-up duty of two blowouts. He could certainly have success against a San Francisco defense allowing 509 passing yards in its past two games. But the Eagles could be without top RB LeSean McCoy who will be a game-time decision due to a fractured rib. The good news in Philly is that top cornerback Asante Samuel (concussion) is expected to start on Sunday night.
The best defense for San Francisco would be to keep Kolb off the field by establishing the run. The 49ers gained 142 yards on the ground in their lone home game this season, but averaged just 58 rush YPG in three road losses. Frank Gore leads the team in rushing (270 yds) and receiving (263 yds) and must have a big game for San Francisco to come out victorious. QB Alex Smith has had a brutal season with just three touchdowns and seven interceptions. Basketball scores.
These teams have played four times since 2005, with the Eagles winning all four games (SU and ATS) by an average score of 37 to 17. These two FoxSheets coaching trends advise another play on Philadelphia because of their great leader Andy Reid.
Reid is 60-37 ATS (62%, +19.3 Units) in road games as the coach of PHILADELPHIA. The average score was PHILADELPHIA 21.9, OPPONENT 18.8 – (Rating = 2*).
Reid is 92-56 ATS (62%, +30.4 Units) against conference opponents as the coach of PHILADELPHIA. The average score was PHILADELPHIA 23.5, OPPONENT 17.7 – (Rating = 2*).
Three of the past four meetings went Over, with last year’s game finishing just 1.5 points under the total. This FoxSheets stat likes the Over again on Sunday night. Football odds.
Play Over – Road teams against the total (PHILADELPHIA) – off an upset loss as a home favorite, in the first half of the season. (40-16 over the last 5 seasons.) (71.4%, +22.4 units. Rating = 2*).