Saturday, September 27, 2014

The Dreaded Saturday Eagles Pick

Now comes the hard part.

The Eagles have spent the first three weeks of this NFL season allowing teams to go up on them before rallying from behind for three straight wins.

That likely won't happen this week, when the Birds face the prospect of flying across the country to tangle with an angry 49ers team that finds itself sitting at a disappointing 1-2. You just get the feeling the Niners do not want to fall to 1-3, a huge hole to dig out of to start the season.

Nick Foles likely will again spend much of the day being battered behind a makeshift offensive line that now will be without three starters.

A big dose of LeSean McCoy would certainly help, but Shady has been MIA for the start of this season as teams are game-planning to take him out of the picture. McCoy also likely is feeling the effects of teams packing the box since they don't have to be wary of DeSean Jackson as a deep threat.

The Eagles will live or die Sunday on Foles' right arm. He'll have another big day. Just not big enough. And Chip Kelly is going to have to start devising game plans that protect Foles, who took a hellacious beating all day vs. the Redskins.

This wasn't one you had in the win column before the season anyhow.

I have to go with Colin Kaepernick and the Niners in a shootout.

The Pick: Make it 49ers 33, Eagles 29. I just see the 49ers having more success against an Eagles defense that will once again be missing Mychal Kendricks than Foles and his crew have against San Fran. I could be wrong - I hope I am - but this does not look like the Birds' day. If Foles can fly across the country and lead the Birds to an upset win against an angry Niners bunch, he might finally dispel all those doubters who keep waiting for him to fall on his face.

Season Record: It's been a trifecta for the Eagles. Three straight weeks they haven fallen behind in the first half, only to come roaring back. They now sit at a lofty 3-0, while I still have a blemish at 2-1. One of us is going to fall again today. I'm going with the Niners.

Game by Game: Eagles 34, Jaguars 17 (My Pick: Eagles 31, Jags 16)

Eagles 30, Colts 27 (My Pick: Colts 29, Eagles 23)

Eagles 37, Redskins 34 (My Pick: Eagles 24, Redskins 23)


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