Here comes a colossal game, with an unusual twist.
The 8-3 San Francisco 49ers invade the 10-1 Philadelphia Eagles — holder of the best record in football — as a favorite.
That has sparked betting interest and jockeying for position. The best team in football getting points at home?
Here’s our look at 49ers vs Eagles prediction, odds, and props early Friday morning. Gamblers know to scour the sportsbook betting apps for the best odds, but that’s underscored even more in this game.
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The Niners-Eagles clash is more than a potential NFC East championship preview. It’s a spread bettors’ delight, with the line tucked neatly in the San Francisco -2.5 to -3 range all week.
Niners’ backers have grabbed that -2.5 slot at DraftKings. If the books change slightly, so will the destination of bettors’ action, depending on who they like.
This game has playoff preview written all over it.
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49ers vs Eagles Betting Analysis
The Eagles have become the latter-day Kardiac Kids, for those who remember the 1980 Cleveland Browns winning or losing games in the final seconds.
The Eagles have been outgained in total yardage each of the last four games but won them all. They have rallied from 10 points down to win three times in the last four weeks.
And they have showed depth. AJ Brown, who established an NFL record six consecutive games exceeding 125 yards, has been clamped down upon in the last two games. Opponents have neutralized him with double coverage.
So out comes DeVonta Smith, who just, hmm, happens to be a one-time Heisman Trophy winner. Philly leaned on him for 99 and 106 receiving yards in the last two weeks. Defenses can take away one star, but not two.
Philly has gone 3-for-3 in its brutal five-game, late-season stretch. And their bettors have no fingernails left.
The Eagles held off the Dallas Cowboys, who had first-and-goal on the Philadelphia 6, to prevail 28-23 in the first contest. They rallied from 10 points down in the second half to topple the Kansas City Chiefs 21-17 on Monday Night Football.
And last week? Wow, that game against Buffalo was by them. Philadelphia had uncustomary turnovers and the Bills torched them for 505 yards. But here came Jake Elliott, drilling a 59-yard field game-tying field goal through the wind and rain to force overtime. And Jalen Hurts put the team on his back to score the 37-34 OT winner.
The Eagles are 7-2-2 ATS. After this game, they visit Dallas in Week 14. They close with the Seattle Seahawks, Arizona Cardinals, and the New York Giants twice.
Dallas kept the NFC East race interesting, picking itself off the carpet to nail a come-from-behind 41-35 triumph over the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday night. Dallas, 9-3, will be a formidable Philadelphia opponent next week.
But this week, it’s the hot Niners.
San Francisco looked magically transformed when Christian McCaffrey, Deebo Samuel, and Trent Williams all returned from injuries a few weeks back.
They have steamrolled three straight foes in systematic fashion.
Brock Purdy is an excellent system quarterback.
49ers vs Eagles Betting Trends
The DraftKings handle has slightly favored the Niners at 63%. The largest consensus comes in the total, with 84% of the early handle favoring an Over 48.
There has been interesting line movement in this game since its inception. Philadelphia had been installed as an early -1.5 favorite a couple of weeks ago.
Gamblers have pushed that anywhere from 4-5 points in the Niners’ direction ever since.
That type of movement often signifies a quarterback injury. This one may involve two important non-quarterbacks.
Lane Johnson and Dallas Goedert, two exceptional forces in the Philly arsenal, are battling injuries. They are more likely to sit here as the Eagles try to get them healthy for the postseason.
“The public is betting the Niners and there is the perception that Philly is banged up,” Johnny Avello, the director of race and sportsbook operations for DraftKings, told Gaming Today. “You have a team that is healthy overall and may have a little more firepower right now.
“The other consideration is, what does this game mean to the Eagles? “Let’s face it, it’s not the end of the world for Philly if they don’t win this game. They have a nice advantage over the Cowboys and a favorable schedule at the end of the season.”
Bettors have been rewarded using McCaffrey as a must-play, touchdown scorer every week. He is often the leading prop target on top sports betting apps each week.
“What makes him so good is an instinct for finding the holes in the line and when he gets hit, it does not seem to be a hard, direct hit,” Avello noted. “He must be very strong.”
49ers vs Eagles Player Props
McCaffrey is a star, but gamblers will have to determine the worth of that shine. He’s still a good value to be the first touchdown scorer, but not a bargain for anytime.
49ers vs Eagles Fun Facts
The Eagles have won 11 straight games at Lincoln Financial Field against teams with winning records.
They have covered four straight times against teams with winning records.
Philadelphia has scored first in five of its last six games against the Niners.
The last five games between these teams have gone UNDER the total. That presents a unique variable, as bettors are looking for this one to go OVER.
The Eagles thumped the Niners 31-7 in the NFC Championship Game last year. Revenge game? You decide.
How to Watch 49ers vs Eagles
- Game Day: Sunday, December 3, 2023
- Game Time: 4:25 p.m. ET
- Location: Lincoln Financial Field | Philadelphia, PA
- Channel: FOX