Two teams at opposite ends of the NFC standings do battle at Lincoln Financial Field this Sunday when the San Francisco 49ers visit the Philadelphia Eagles. The 49ers remain one of two winless teams remaining – we see you, Cleveland – following a 40-10 home drubbing at the hands of the Dallas Cowboys. That game might seem like a Swedish massage compared to this week’s encounter with an Eagles team that has won six of its first seven games.
San Francisco 49ers vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Point spread: Eagles -12.5 Date: Sunday, October 29, 1 p.m. ET Location: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pa.
Point Spread and Betting Analysis
Bettors who shy away from large spreads might want to avoid this one altogether, as it wouldn’t surprise anyone to see it wind up closer to a two-touchdown edge. The Eagles have been the class of the NFC so far, coming in on a five-game winning streak while scoring no fewer than 26 points during that stretch. Sports Interaction bettors have no problem laying the points as of Wednesday morning, with 68 percent taking the Eagles.
Bettors are less unanimous on the 47.5-point total, with 53 percent taking the over. Both teams have favoured the over so far, with the 49ers 4-3 O/U and the Eagles having played over in five of their first seven games. San Francisco has exceeded the total in 14 of its previous 20 road games dating back to the end of the 2014 season, while Philadelphia has gone over in two of its three home games this year and five of its previous six games overall.
San Francisco 49ers
If there’s one area for the visitors to exploit, it’s the Eagles’ pass defense, which is allowing the fourth-most yards per game. But with the 49ers having exceeded 20 points just three times in seven games, bettors shouldn’t expect a sudden offensive explosion; in fact, while the payoff isn’t great (-189), taking San Francisco to finish with more punts than the Eagles is a solid play – particularly with the 49ers making the trek East for an early Sunday afternoon start.
Everything is lining up for this one to be a rout – but bettors should be aware of one bizarre trend that could throw a wrench into this weekend’s proceedings. Philadelphia has failed to cover in five straight home games against teams with losing road records; that includes the Eagles’ Week 3 encounter with the lowly New York Giants, in which the home side escaped with a 27-24 win as a five-point favourite.
49ers vs. Eagles Prediction
Eagles 34, 49ers 17