The Philadelphia Eagles have had a surprisingly bad start to a season which they entered with serious playoff aspirations. They are currently 0-2-1 and just tied the Cincinnati Bengals in a frustrating Week 3 game. They will look to right the ship in Week 4 and grab their first win this year against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday Night Football.
Here are three bold predictions for the Philadelphia Eagles that could help them pull off an Week 4 upset win.
1. Greg Ward Steps Up with 5+ Catches and a Touchdown
One of the biggest storylines in the NFL last year was the Eagles' struggles at the wide receiver position, and it has carried on in 2020. Alshon Jeffery hasn't played a game this year due to injury, rookie first-round pick Jalen Reagor is out multiple weeks with a thumb injury, and veteran DeSean Jackson hasn't been practicing due to a hamstring injury. The only wide receiver on the team to catch a touchdown this year is Greg Ward, and he may be the current go-to guy for quarterback Carson Wentz. Ward has caught 14 of his 19 targets on the season (including 11 targets in Week 3) and faces a 49ers' defense that gave up 5 receptions to Golden Tate last week as he worked out of the slot position. Don't be surprised if we see a heavy does of Ward on offense in this matchup.
2. Eagles Pressure Mullens with 3+ Sacks
One of the Eagles' strengths for the past couple of season has been their defensive line. Whether it is stopping the run or pressuring the quarterback, the Eagles seem to be up to the challenge. 49ers' quarterback Nick Mullens has been sacked 4 times in about 1.5 games played this season. The Eagles have averaged 4 sacks per game this year and have been able to get into the quarterback's face quite a lot. In a game that is vital for the Eagles' season, look for Fletcher Cox, Brandon Graham, and the rest of the defensive line to play with some intensity and get to Mullens in the backfield for a loss at least three times.
3. Carson Wentz Leads a Fourth-Quarter Game-Winning Drive
The Eagles haven't won a game this season and a big reason why is the way Carson Wentz has played. He has been missing throws, getting sacked, and even leads the league in interceptions with 7. Despite his numbers, he did lead the team to a game-tying touchdown drive with under a minute left last week. He knows this is a big game for the team and for himself as well if he wants to prove to everyone that he is still a capable starting quarterback. Now, he won't be able to turn it all around so quickly, but this is a game that the Eagles defense should be able to keep close. In that case, look for Wentz to make some key plays in the fourth quarter and lead the Eagles to a much needed win.
Sign up for FanDuel Sportsbook today and get your first bet risk free for up to $1,000!
Larry Rupp is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Larry Rupp also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username phillyfan424. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.