The Eagles are a 13 point home favorite coming off of two emotional primetime victories.
Will they be up for a game in the rain vs. an inferior opponent?
Doug Pederson has been great, but this is another test. We will find out even more about Pederson’s ability to reach and motivate his team today.
The left side of the offensive line.
All eyes will be on Halapoulivaati Vaitai.
Big V finished both the Cardinals and Redskin games, filling in pretty well. Now he goes from “filling in” to the starter.
If he looks bad it could trigger a trade before Tuesday's 4pm deadline.
If he plays well the Eagles could have their tackle of the future.
Either way, it will be tough for fans (and the Eagles coaches) not to be worried about a LT/LG combo of Big V and Stefen Wisniewski.
Protecting Wentz is the number 1 priority.
Big performance from the D.
I want to see the defense have a statement game.
The 49ers have nothing to lose, they will throw everything they have at the Eagles today. The defense can’t let them gain any confidence especially early.
Like the offensive line, linebacker will be a focus of attention. Mychal Kendricks is back. He is having a great year, but now he will see an expanded role. It’s time to step up.
Bad weather for a team that is a 13 point favorite is never a good thing.
I want to say it makes me nervous, but I just don’t think that the 49ers are good enough on any level to stick with the Eagles.
This weather screams run game, which should play right into the Eagles hands. They rank first in the NFL allowing only 67.0 rushing yards per game.
Last week C.J. Beathard was sacked five times and fumbled twice.
The Eagles D should be licking their chops.
I am looking for multiple sacks and for them to force multiple turnovers.
Offensively, the run game should be a big focus. As a team the Eagles rank 4th in the NFL with 131.7 yards per game. That run game should be on full display early and often.
While the run game should see a lot of work, Wentz will get his.
200 + yards passing and a few touchdowns would be a fine day for the MVP candidate.
It is impossible to not be concerned about the left tackle position. We will see how Big V performs. I imagine he will get his fair share of help from Brent Celek and the running backs, but he needs to prove he can be a starter.
Like I said, I could say I am nervous about the weather, but it would be a lie.
I just cannot in any way see C.J. Beathard and the 0-7 49ers come into the Link and win this game.
I don't think anyone will care how wet they are inside Lincoln Financial Field If the Eagles come out of this game healthy and with a convincing win.