49ers by 5
FOX40 (Joe Buck, Troy Aikman), 810, 1320
FIVE PLAYERS TO WATCH
LB PATRICK WILLIS
Does Willis, 29, still have the speed with which he entered the NFL eight seasons ago? His sideline-to-sideline skills will be tested by the Eagles’ running back tandem of LeSean McCoy and Darren Sproles. The latter is averaging 6.9 yards per carry and 14 yards per reception.
TE VERNON DAVIS
Over the last four seasons, Davis has missed some or all of four games with injuries. The 49ers are 0-4 in those games. How much Davis, who is recovering from an ankle injury, is on the field likely will determine how effective the 49ers are in the running game.
QB COLIN KAEPERNICK
He had the best completion percentage of his career in the 49ers’ receiver-heavy attack last week. But for the second straight game, he wasn’t able to engineer a touchdown drive after the 49ers’ lead slipped away. He should be able to find open receivers against an Eagles defense that has given up 841 passing yards so far and is 30th in the league.
NB JIMMIE WARD
He’s given up four touchdowns in the last two games, and offenses will continue to look for mismatches against the 5-foot-10 nickel cornerback. He’ll be matched up at times against another rookie, 6-3 wide receiver Jordan Matthews – a relative of Jerry Rice – who caught two touchdown passes last week.
K PHIL DAWSON
The veteran kicker’s least familiar NFL venue? It could be Levi’s Stadium where grass issues have kept him from mastering his home environment. Dawson’s only field-goal attempt last week was blocked … even though the Cardinals had only nine men on the field.
C Marcus Martin (knee)
WR Michael Crabtree (quadricep), RB Frank Gore (back), DE Justin Smith (not injury related), LB Patrick Willis (wrist)
|Sept. 7||at Dallas||W, 28-17|
|Sept. 14||vs. Chicago||L, 28-20|
|Sept. 21||at Arizona||L, 23-14|
|Today||vs. Philadelphia||1:25 p.m.|
|Oct. 5||vs. Kansas City||1:25 p.m.|
|Oct. 13||at St. Louis||5:30 p.m.|
|Oct. 19||at Denver||5:30 p.m.|
|Nov. 2||vs. St. Louis||1:05 p.m.|
|Nov. 9||at New Orleans||10 a.m.|
|Nov. 16||at N.Y. Giants||10 a.m.|
|Nov. 23||Washington||1:25 p.m.|
|Nov. 27||Seattle||5:30 p.m.|
|Dec. 7||at Raiders||1:25 p.m.|
|Dec. 14||at Seattle||1:25 p.m.|
|Dec. 20||vs. San Diego||1:30 p.m.|
|Dec. 28||vs. Arizona||1:25 p.m.|