Welcome back to another edition of the Faithful Friday Expectations! From this point on I’ll likely abbreviate to FFE both to save characters and your reading time. This edition may be a bit shorter than most as today is the birthday of Mrs. AgentMose. I love our Niners, but the Mrs. always comes first. I have the day all planned and hopefully I am able to make this an unforgettable birthday despite the current situation in our country. Happy Birthday My Love!
This week marks a much anticipated return home for the Niners after being on the East Coast for two straight weeks. I can imagine the players on the team plane, after demolishing the Giants, blasting the Notorious one – “I’m going going, back back, to Cali Cali!”. This leads into my first expectation.
I fully expect this team to come out on fire! There is something about being home. This may be the week of a true home field advantage while not having fans in attendance. The players can talk until they are blue in the face about how bad the MetLife turf was. From Arik Armstead’s tweet, to Ben Garland’s press conference. Ahkello Witherspoon chimed in and stated it was the worst surface he’s ever played on, 100%. Not 95%, not 98% but a full 100%. Even with two 30+ point performances to their credit and out scoring both New York teams by margins of 67-22, I have to believe that the conditions of the surf affected their level of play both mentally and physically. It feels good to be home and that will be on full display Sunday night. I expect to see a team that plays more loose and free without having to think about the surface. We could be in store for another dominating performance on this fact alone!
I expect Robert Saleh and this defense to take advantage of another team riddled with injury. The Philadelphia Eagles are depleted at the skill positions. Four wide receivers did not participate in practice on Thursday, including names like Alshon Jeffrey, Desean Jackson and JJ Arcega-Whiteside. This does not include rookie speedster Jalen Reagor, who was placed on IR Wednesday. Also placed on IR was Tight End Dallas Goedert. That’s a lot of weapons sitting on the shelf. Especially for a quarterback in Carson Wentz who has been struggling through the first three weeks. The news doesn’t get better for Wentz when it comes to his bodyguards. Already down starters Andre Dillard and Brandon Brooks to season ending injuries, the Eagle offensive line took some more blows. Center Jason Kelce took time off this week but will likely play. Right Tackle Lane Johnson was limited all week with an ankle injury and is not 100%. Left Tackle Jason Peters did not participate Wednesday or Thursday, his status is questionable.
I expect the Eagles to rely heavily on the run game. They may even take a page out of the Cardinals and Giants playbook and mix in some carries for Wentz. However, they won’t beat the Niners this way. Javon Kinlaw is steadily each week marking the interior as his territory. I expect to see him in the backfield on multiple occasions, leading the effort in shutting down the run. Once that aspect of the game is eliminated, the game then falls on the shoulders of Carson Wentz. You hate to kick a man while he’s down, but if he’s struggling now is the time to capitalize. With injuries up front, Carson will look to get the ball out quick. I expect our corners to blanket the lack of talent on the outsides, while Fred Warner and Jaquaski Tartt can split duties on Zach Ertz. This should lead to Carson holding the ball longer than he should. This is a recipe for sacks and poor decision making. In last week’s edition of the FFE, I expected four or more sacks. For my spades players, we got two and had some possibles. With this week’s hand, we have the opportunity to turn some of those possibles into books. Please reach out to Mike, Breezie, or myself for a proper spades tutorial. Even if that is not the case, Wentz has thrown multiple interceptions in every game this season. He leads the league in that category. So either way, the defense will have multiple opportunities to give the ball back to Nick Mullens and the Niners offense.
That’s all I have for this week. I expect a win on Sunday night. I expect this defense to take another step forward. I expect this offense to continue to click in all cylinders. I also expect to see Jalen Hurts at some point this game. Yes, I said it. I expect our defense to get Carson Wentz benched!
As always you can follow me on IG and Twitter @AgentMose and let me know some of your expectations for this week’s game.