NFL betting handicappers are having a hard time getting a read on the 2-2 Philadelphia Eagles with the major football betting concern being the health of quarterback Michael Vick.
NBC Sunday Night Football will have the Eagles at 49ers with a kickoff time of 8:25 PM Eastern. Sports-Gambling opened with San Francisco as a 3 point home favorite.
The Philadelphia Eagles are coming off a 17-12 home loss to the Washington Redskins as 5 point home favorites to fall to an overall record of 2-2 straight up and 1-3 with the NFL odds. The Eagles have gone under the total in 3 out of 4 games this year.
Michael Vick, who sparked the Eagles offense to victory as quarterback in weeks 2 and 3 hurt his ribs last week and is doubtful for this game. Kevin Kolb, the original starting quarterback who lost his job after a week one injury is back in the saddle leading an 8th ranked attack that had its numbers built in large part by Vick.
LeSean McCoy has been a valuable asset out of the backfield with 273 yards rushing.
The San Francisco 49ers were a preseason favorite to win the NFC West but that looks like a long shot now as they are 0-4 straight up and 2-2 with the football odds after their 16-14 loss at Atlanta as 7 point road dogs. It was the first time San Francisco went under the total this year.
The 49ers fired offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye after their week 3 debacle at Kansas City but it has had no affect so far as they rank 31st in the NFL for scoring. Frank Gore and the rushing attack have suffered a steep drop as the 49ers rank 28th in the NFL on the ground and a poor 27th in the league for points allowed.
Running and defense were the strengths of the team last year and the severe lack of production from those areas has the heat turned full blast on head coach Mike Singletary as he and his staff have been schooled by opposing coaching staffs so far in all of their NFL betting matchups.
Kolb will be feeling pressure in this one as he takes over for Vick, who won over fans and teammates with his great play and that may play into the 49ers hands. That being said, San Francisco may be due for a win but they must get better overall output from all aspects of their game.