@TSFSports NFL Week 4 previews and predictions: Wounded Eagles face the struggling 49ers


Rookie wideout Jordan Matthews faces a stiff test against the 49ers secondary this week.

The Eagles 3-0 record has not come without a price, guard Evan Mathis (MCL sprain) and center Jason Kelce (sports hernia) will be lost for several weeks and second year tackle Lane Johnson will be eligible to return to the team next week after serving a four game suspension. The makeshift line could be the reason last season’s leading rusher LeSean McCoy is averaging 2.9 yards per carry despite the offense putting up 33 points per contest.

Nevertheless, the Birds are undefeated and face a struggling 49ers squad (1-2) dealing with holes in their vaunted defense. Linebacker Navarro Bowman (knee) and defensive end Aldon Smith (suspension) will both miss action.


Thursday, September 25 Time  Network The Skinny Post  After further review
NY Giants at Washington 8:25 PM CBS/NFL Can the Giants keep the mojo going? Washington 27-Giants 20
Sunday, September 28 TIME (ET) TV
Green Bay at Chicago 1:00 PM FOX The struggling Packers are in a bad spot against the hot Bears. Bears 24-Packers 21
Buffalo at Houston 1:00 PM CBS Mario Williams returns to Houston. Bills 28-Texans 24
Tennessee at Indianapolis 1:00 PM CBS Colts can’t afford to lose ground this early. Colts 31-Titans 21
Carolina at Baltimore 1:00 PM CBS Steve Smith promised blood and guts against his former squad. Just watch out for Cam Newton’s post-game presser pants. Panthers 20-Ravens 17 (OT)
Detroit at NY Jets 1:00 PM FOX Geno Smith has one half to make some noise against a violent Lions pass rush. Lions 33-Jets 21
Tampa Bay at Pittsburgh 1:00 PM FOX Le’Veon Bell and Bobby Rainey put up numbers, but strong QB plays wins here. Steelers 23-Bucs 13
Miami at Oakland 1:00 PM CBS Could a Raiders loss mean head coach Dennis Allen is gone in the bye week? Raiders 24-Dolphins 21
Jacksonville at San Diego 4:05 PM CBS In three weeks, the Jaguars have been outscored 119-44. It doesn’t get better as Jags rookie QB Blake Bortles makes his first start. Chargers 38-Jaguars 17
Atlanta at Minnesota 4:25 PM FOX Teddy Bridgewater gets his first start at home. Falcons 24-Vikings 13
Philadelphia at San Francisco 4:25 PM FOX Dangerous game for the Birds. The Niners need a rallying point. Niners 24-Eagles 22
New Orleans at Dallas 8:30 PM NBC Could be the most entertaining game game of the  weekend. Saints 37-Cowboys 31
Monday, September 29 TIME (ET) TV
New England at Kansas City 8:30 PM ESPN Andy Reid coaching in prime time used to be a gimmie. On Monday, the Chiefs take one. Chiefs 28-Patriots 24
·Bye: Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, St. Louis, Arizona, Seattle. (Last Week 12-4)


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