2014 NFL Week 4 - Eagles vs. 49ers Betting Odds Preview

Line: 49ers -5.5

This week four matchup features two teams that have been paying from behind all season long. In the case of San Francisco they have been unable to catch up in these game and find themselves at 1-2 going into Sunday. After Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer was declared inactive for the game there was doubt amongst most prognosticators about the Cardinals beating Sa Francisco with backup quarterback Drew Stanton, however after he threw 2 third quarter touchdown passes to rookie John Brown to give his team a 20-14 lead there was no looking back. San Francisco was dominant in their first two possessions, mounting consecutive 80 yard touchdown drives but failed to score for the rest of the game. Philadelphia found themselves down 17-7 early in the game and continued to run its offense at a frenetic pace. Cody Parker kicked a field goal with a little over 6:00 remaining to go up by 10 and it proved to provide the margin of victory as the Redskins scored a late touchdown.

The Eagles are a team built on speed and endurance. They have not gotten off to a good start in any of their three games but have finished incredibly strong in all of them. They have scored a total of 101 points in 3 crazy fast paced games. Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin has returned after last seasons devastating knee injury and cemented himself as the teams go to receiver, he had 8 catches for 154 yards and a touchdown. The team was able to get a win despite a rare off game for Lesean McCoy who had 19 carries for only 22 yards. Rookie Jordan Matthew may not play the same style as the receiver he replaced in Philly (Desean Jackson) but he has certainly done a tremendous job filling his void. He finished with 8 catches and 2 touchdowns. They will be hoping for a better start against a tough San Francisco defense. Regardless of the start they have, it is a safe bet that the Eagles will compete at a frantic pace for the full 60 minutes and San Francisco had better be prepared for that

San Francisco lost its second straight game on Sunday and will be looking to get back on track. Their offense has struggled for most of the season with quarterback Colin Kaepernick struggling to maintain the accuracy and poise that he has displayed in previous seasons. The biggest offensive problem has been in the running game where Frank Gore has been unproductive in his last 2 games and may end up losing carries to rookie Carlos Hyde. They have a healthy and proven core of pass catchers in Anquan Boldin, Michael Crabtree, Stevie Johnson, and Vernon Davis so they will be looking to get the offense. The defense remains productive but is not playing at the elite level it did in the past. It os not closing games as evidenced by the Bears 21 point fourth quarter and the Cardinals 17 second half points with their backup quarterback.

Pick: Eagles +5.5

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