Eagles vs 49ers: Week 8 Preview by Daniel Farr
With Aaron Rodgers hurt, Carson Wentz is the NFL’s best quarterback. The second year quarterback leads the league in passing touchdowns, and has helped his team reach the best record in the NFL. At 6-1, the Philadelphia Eagles are showing they’re the leagues best all around team, and have another home game against the winless San Francisco 49ers. The Eagles suffered two key losses on both sides of the football last game, the team lost left tackle Jason Peters and linebacker Jordan Hicks. Philadelphia however, is hopeful starting cornerback Ronald Darby returns from an ankle injury this week. The 9ers have been running the ball very well this year, they average nearly five-yards a carry as a team and have a very good running back in Carlos Hyde. San Francisco will be starting their rookie quarterback, C.J. Beathard, who has a 55-percent completion rate and a 74.2 quarterback rating. On defense, the 49ers have recored 14-sacks and eleven forced fumbles. In weeks two-through-six, San Francisco didn’t lose by more than three-points. They are 0-6, but their capable of staying in games. The Philadelphia Eagles have the leagues best record for a number of reasons. Their coaching has been solid, the defense has been stout, special teams has been reliable, and offensively they have been ball dominant. The Eagles’ offense keeps the ball for nearly 34-minutes a game. They are fifth in yards per game, racking up almost 400 of them. The team averages 250 passing yards and 132 rushing yards per game, a balanced offense is responsible for dominating time of possession. The Eagles defense has recored 18-sacks, seven-interceptions, and they allow only 67 rushing yards per game, which is best in the NFL. Wentz, MVP front-runner and sophomore quarterback has been terrific. His leadership and belief has taken over Philadelphia in a great way. His underrated athleticism is finally getting appreciation, he has rushed for nearly 200-yards, and has been extending plays and picking up first downs with his legs all season long. Wentz has thrown for almost 2,000 yards through seven games and when the ball travels in the air for 20 or more yards, he has a 90.9 quarterback rating. The North Dakota State Product can do it all, throw short, medium, and deep. He knows when to change the play, use his legs, and his leadership and competitiveness have been contagious. Carson Wentz is the quarterback you would create in a video game, and because Philadelphia is playing at home this week, Eagles win 34-18.