Monday, May 25, 2015

Who's picking the Eagles?

Here's a roundup of who's picking the Eagles in their Week 5 matchup against the Titans.

Who's picking the Eagles?

Here's the weekly roundup on who people are picking in today's Eagles-49ers matchup:

SI.com's Peter King likes the 49ers, 27-24:

I am a sucker for those Niners, aren't I? I am falling on the Alex Smith sword this week. I see the good things he does and think, He's going to put it together one of these weeks and shock the world. ... Well, I say he has enough good weapons to shock Kevin Kolb and the Eagles Sunday night.

Peter Schrager of FoxSports.com predicts a 24-23 49ers victory:

I'm not giving up on the Niners just yet. Have you watched the NFC West this year? As I stated in my preseason predictions piece, a team is going to win that division with a sub-.500 record. In an ugly 0-4 hole, San Francisco is just two games behind the division-leading Rams, Seahawks and Cardinals. The Niners have two straight home games at Candlestick Park, a trip to lowly Carolina and then the Broncos in London on Oct. 31, followed by the bye week. They’ve then got five remaining games against their woeful division rivals after that. Mark it down now -- the Niners will find a way to win on Sunday night and then be in the thick of the NFC West race by mid-November.

ProFootballTalk.com's Mike Florio goes with the 49ers, 28-22:

Though 0-4, the 49ers remain in contention to win the NFC West, especially since the three teams in front of them are 2-2 each. The 2-2 Eagles enter the game without the NFC's offensive player of the month for September, and there are real concerns that quarterback Kevin Kolb won't be able to perform as well as he can, given the problems with the team's offensive line. With a national audience, an increasingly restless home crowd, and the ability to put together a string of four wins before their bye (the next opponents are the Raiders, Panthers, and Broncos), the 49ers have every incentive to put together a powerful performance.

Gregg Rosenthal of ProFootballTalk.com likes the Eagles, 24-21:

How little respect is there for Kevin Kolb nationwide? The winless 49ers are favored in this game by 3.5. With Oakland and Carolina on the schedule next, San Francisco has a real opportunity to turn their season around. There's just very little reason to believe they'll do so. I'm taking the Eagles, if only for organizational superiority. They are a team that finds ways to win over the years, while Mike Singletary's squad searches for new and painful ways to lose each week.

Three of five CBSSports.com experts like the 49ers.

Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com predicts a 23-14 victory:

The Eagles might be going into a bad spot here. The 49ers have to have this game to save their season and Kevin Kolb will be starting for the Eagles. The 49ers played well enough to win last week at Atlanta, but blew it at the end. They will be focused here and the Eagles haven't exactly played great on defense and their offensive line has struggled. The 49ers get all over Kolb and get their first victory.

All four experts on ESPN's Sunday Countdown pick the 49ers.

Seven of eight ESPN.com experts go with the 49ers.

ESPN.com's Bill Simmons likes the 49ers to covera a 3.5-point spread.

The 49ers are 3.5-point favorites, according to sportsbook.com. Per the Web site, 61 percent of the action is on the 49ers to cover. The over/under is 34.5.

Those in the Philadelphia area will get Broncos-Ravens and Packers-Redskins at 1 p.m. At 4 p.m., it's Cowboys-Titans on CBS. To find out what games are on in your area, check out this viewing map.


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