The Philadelphia Eagles own the best record in the NFL. They’re 6-1 through the first seven weeks of the 2017 season.
On Sunday, these two teams will face each other. Something’s got to give.
The Eagles are obviously really big favorites to win this game. They’re the better team. They’re playing at home. They’re not the ones who have to travel from the West Coast to play a 1:00 PM game.
This should be a win for the Birds.
But it’s not always that simple. “Any Given Sunday” is a real thing. The Eagles have been beaten by inferior opponents before. Look no further than “The Joe Webb Game” or “The John Skelton Game.” The Eagles must avoid this week turning into “The C.J. Beathard Game.”
Philadelphia’s defense should be well-equipped to take care of business. They’re the best running-stopping unit in the NFL. If the 49ers can’t throw, that’ll force Beathard to have to carry the 49ers with his arm. That’s a lot to ask of a rookie quarterback making his second carer start.
The Eagles’ run game has the potential to be much more effective. San Francisco has struggled in that area this season; they rank 30th in rushing yards allowed per game. An effective ground attack will make life even easier on MVP candidate Carson Wentz, who should be able to move the ball through the air.
One X-factor in this game is the weather. As of right now, there’s a lot of wind and rain projected for Sunday.
For now, this forecast is essentially a carbon copy of the NYJ game. Likely to be wet, potential for downpours, winds occasionally breezy, but manageable. I won’t know who gets the heaviest of the rain until Sunday morning, it’s just too far out to know the specifics.
Here's everything you need to know about how to watch the game.
Date: Sunday, October 29, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM ET
Announcers: Kenny Albert, Charles Davis
Location: Lincoln Financial Field | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
NFL Network replay: TBA
Radio: SportsRadio 94WIP | Full listings here
Per Bovada, the Eagles are heavy favorites to win.
San Francisco 49ers +13 (-110)
Philadelphia Eagles -13 (-110)
The Eagles are 12-18-1 in 31 all-time regular season appearances against the 49ers. These two teams last played in 2014, when Philadelphia lost in San Francisco by a final score of 26 to 21. That was a frustrating game.
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Eagles 2017 Regular Season Schedule
Week 1 - at Washington Redskins (Sept. 10, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 2 - at Kansas City Chiefs (Sept. 17, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 3 - vs. New York Giants (Sept. 24, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 4 - at Los Angeles Chargers (Oct. 1, 4:05 PM ET, FOX)
Week 5 - vs. Arizona Cardinals (Oct. 8, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 7 - vs. Washington Redskins (Oct. 23, 8:30 PM ET, ESPN) Monday Night Football
Week 8 - vs. San Francisco 49ers (Oct. 29, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 9 - vs. Denver Broncos (Nov. 5, 1:00 PM ET, CBS)
Week 10 - BYE
Week 11 - at Dallas Cowboys (Nov. 19, 8:30 PM ET, NBC) Sunday Night Football
Week 12 - vs. Chicago Bears (Nov. 26, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 13 - at Seattle Seahawks (Dec. 3, 8:30 PM ET, NCB) Sunday Night Football
Week 14 - at Los Angeles Rams (Dec. 10, 4:25 PM ET, FOX)
Week 15 - at New York Giants (Dec. 17, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 17 - vs. Dallas Cowboys (Dec. 31, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)