Before the season started, a Sunday night matchup between the Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco looked like it would be something to look forward to. However, four weeks later this looks like one of those ugly Thursday night games. For the 49ers, there isn’t much they can do because of a rash of injuries to their offense.
They can’t control freak injuries to their key players. Jimmy Garoppolo is scheduled to miss another week of action because of a sprained ankle. Running back Raheem Mostert has been ruled out of the game as well with a knee injury. Good news for tight end George Kittle, though, as he’s scheduled to make his return. Nick Mullens has to be feeling fortunate that Kittle is back in the lineup. Along with Kittle, Mullens will have an active Deebo Samuel in the offense.
Despite the injuries, the 49ers are holding up with a record of 2-1. They got lucky with a schedule that included the New York Jets and New York Giants in Week 2 and 3. It was a perfect time for the Jets and Giants on the schedule. Now they’re up against another east coast who are out of sync at the moment.
The Eagles are more dangerous than the Jets and Giants, but they’ve looked weak and are still searching for their first win. All they have to show for this season so far is a 23-23 tie against the Bengals. Head below for our free Philadelphia Eagles vs. San Francisco 49ers props picks for October 3, 2020.
East meets west on Sunday night.
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George Kittle Receptions
George Kittle played in just one game this season, as he caught 4 receptions for 44 yards before missing the next two games because of an injury. Then the hits kept coming for the 49ers’ offense.
Fortunately, Kittle returns to the lineup and should make a big difference in his first game back. Mullens will have the services of Kittle and Deebo Samuel on the field. If he had to go about this game with those two, it would have been tough sledding for the offense.
Kittle was removed from the field against the Cardinals and then came back later. Even though he left the game early, Kittle was still able to haul in 4 receptions for 44 yards. Presuming that Kittle is close to 100% on Sunday night, he will certainly see more than 5 targets against the Eagles.
Kittle caught at least 5 receptions in 11 games last season. In seven of their last eight games, Kittle had at least 5 grabs. Mullens will be looking for a reliable target to hook up often to get into a groove with.
It’s likely that Kittle is included in those plans. Expect a big return for Kittle, as Mullens looks his way often in this game. I was sure that we were going to see a total of 5.5 on his receiving prop, so 4.5 on the OVER looks like a pretty nice deal to me. We’ll side with the OVER on Kittle receptions.
Miles Sanders Rushing Yards
Carson Wentz is feeling the pressure in Philadelphia. After sitting on the sidelines watching the Eagles win a Super Bowl with Nick Foles at the controls, Wentz has failed to live up to expectations upon his return.
If he continues to slow down in 2020, he’s undoubtedly going to be going into next season fighting for his job. I find it likely that the Eagles would have a quarterback competition in camp if Wentz can’t get this season going in the right direction.
More bad news for Wentz recently, as left tackle Jason Peters has been placed on the IR. That leaves Wentz without his best pass protector on the offensive line. The 49ers possess one of the best pass defenses in the league.
They’re giving up just 187.3 yards per game through the air. Only the Colts have conceded fewer yards across the air than the 49ers. I’m expecting the Eagles to attack the ground against an okay San Francisco run defense.
The 49ers have given up 116.7 yards per game to put them in the middle of the NFL in that regard. Miles Sanders has been one of the best producers for the Eagles’ offense this season. Sanders has rushed for 95 yards in back-to-back games after missing Week 1. The total looks a bit too short here.
Nick Mullens Completions
It might only be backup Nick Mullens, but he looked competent under center last week. Mullens completed 25 of 36 passes for 343 yards and a touchdown. When he came in to replace Jimmy G after his injury against the Jets, Mullens was fine with 8 completions on 11 attempts for 71 yards and an interception. His accuracy was good despite sitting cold on the bench and getting an unexpected call in that one.
The 49ers are unlikely to have the training wheels on Mullens on Sunday night. They feel comfortable with him, and will let him throw it around the field, especially with Deebo and Kittle in the lineup. The Eagles have been adequate against the pass with 224.3 yards conceded per game. However, as far as this prop bet is concerned, a lot of easy completions underneath are fine. I think the oddsmakers are underestimating Mullens a bit here. He should be able to record at least 24 to 26 pass completions at home in this one.