By Kevin K
The Eagles head into San Francisco on Sunday night to face off against the 0-4 49ers, but the Eagles should not take them lightly. The Eagles defense against the Redskins a week ago showed that they still have trouble stopping the run and the Tight End. This is definitely going to be a problem for the Eagles this week as they play against one of the top running backs and tight ends in the NFL.
Player(s) to Stop: The Eagles have to stop the running game of Frank Gore. Gore is a gritty half back that can run in between the tackles and explode into the Eagles secondary. The Eagles must stop Gore to stop the 49ers offense from scoring. Another player to look out for is Vernon Davis. Davis is one of the top Tight Ends in the league and the Eagles have had difficulty stopping the TE in the past and this week will be no different.
Reunion: A story line that no one is talking about is that the Eagles will be playing against their former HB Brian Westbrook. Westbrook has had little playing time in San Fran and has proclaimed the 2010 season as “frustrating”. So far this season Westbrook has had four total plays in four games for a total of six yards from scrimmage; this coming from a guy who, in his best year, had over 2,000 yards from scrimmage with the Eagles. Westbrook recognizes the reality, however, that he's just not going to push Frank Gore for playing time. "Frank is a great running back. He's done so many things to help this team win," Westbrook said. "It's hard to take him off the field because he's so explosive with the ball in his hands. You understand that, but you also understand there are spots when you can get in the game. You try to take advantage of those opportunities." 49ers coach Mike Singletary can't say whether Westbrook is going to get involved in the 49ers' offense against the Eagles. "We'll figure it out," he said. "It depends on the game, the tempo of the game, the style of the game. But we're going to try and get him out there. How much, I don't know at this point."
A look at the spread: Eagles are 3 point favorites over the 49ers. This game is too close to call for me. The 49ers may be 0-4 but they definitely have the team that could beat the Eagles. My advice is to stay away from this game if you are betting and just enjoy it.
Out for the Eagles: QB Michael Vick, CB Asante Samuel, WR Riley Cooper
Addition: WR Chad Hall signed from Practice Squad