Philadelphia Eagles vs. San Francisco 49ers NFL Free Picks for Week 5
(2-2, 1-3 ATS)
San Francisco 49ers
(0-4, 2-2 ATS)
The Eagles got miserable news last week when QB Michael Vick was ruled out for at least a couple weeks after suffering a jarring hit between two defenders of the Washington Redskins last week. Now, it’s QB Kevin Kolb’s show for the second time this year. Kolb didn’t put up miserable numbers last week, but he really had no luck ever trying to get the football up the field. There is a ton of pressure on RB LeSean McCoy to help get the load off of the former Houston Cougars signal caller. McCoy has only rushed for 273 yards this year, but he is averaging 5.5 yards per carry. He has four receiving TDs. The former Pitt Panther also leads the team in receptions with 23 and has 172 receiving yards. WR Jeremy Maclin has been totally MIA this year, as he only has 12 catches for 162 yards. WR DeSean Jackson only has 16 catches in four games, but he is averaging 21.1 yards per reception and has a pair of TDs. Philly has kept its last two foes to just a total of 20 points after allowing 59 points in its first two outings.
The 49ers are improving, but they are still very surprisingly one of the winless teams in the NFL. HC Mike Singletary is clearly running out of time and should be questioned quite a bit for keeping QB Alex Smith under center. This offense ranks second to last in the NFL in scoring at 13.0 points per game and has only exceeded 14 points once, a 25-22 loss on Monday Night Football to the New Orleans Saints. Last weekend, San Fran had the Atlanta Falcons dead to rights, but let them off the hook. The Niners took a 14-0 lead and ended up blowing it with a last second field goal. If you had told fantasy footballers that RB Frank Gore that he would have 533 total yards through four games, they’d be quite happy. However, only 270 yards of that is on the ground and Gore only has two TDs. The former Miami Hurricane has only averaged 3.7 yards per carry this year, but he does lead the team in receptions with 29, and he has one TD.
Simply put, San Fran has to have this game. The 49ers will be in a virtually impossible hole at 0-4 and most likely three games back in the NFC West. They have played three road games this year against just one at home, and in that one home test, they nearly knocked off the defending Super Bowl champs. The Eagles don’t have the downfield passing attack that can stretch this defense, and the oddsmakers have rightfully made the home team the favorites.
Selection: San Francisco 49ers -3.5
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