This may be the most important game of the year for the Eagles. They already have one win over the Cowboys. So even if they lose that second game, they would not be ceding the tie-breaker to them immediately. But if they do lose to the Niners, not only is their lead over them cut in half, but the 49ers will have the tie-breaker. And if they win, they can pretty much remove the 49ers from the race for the 1 seed. It would put the Eagles 3 games ahead of them, plus the tie-breaker, with 5 games left.
But beating the Niners may also be their toughest test yet. This Niners team is good. They have blown out nearly every team they faced, including the Jaguars and the Cowboys. And their roster is overflowing with talent.
But there are cracks in their armor that the Eagles can exploit. To start, their O-line is at best average, outside of Trent Williams. And unlike the Eagles, they don’t have a dozen different ways to beat a team. They pretty much either blow teams out or lose. In one score games this year they are 1-2. And when one thing goes wrong with them, other issues start to follow.
Rob “Stats” Guerra, who covers the Niners, stated as much when he joined The John Kincade Show this week:
“I always talk about the 49ers offense like a clock. When all the pieces are working together the machine runs beautifully. But if there is even one grain of sand in the mechanism the whole machine collapses. So that is the scary part with the 49ers. Because the Eagles are the complete opposite. They don’t care what is going on, they find a way to get it done.”
So while they are a very good team, they are not untouchable. Hence the 3 straight losses they suffered earlier in the season. And the Eagles have certain players who seem perfect to exploit those issues. Whether it be their pass rushers who can exploit a troubled offensive line, or their own O-line who can help run up the middle of the field. If certain players do their job, the Eagles can win.