Jimmy Garoppolo #10 of the San Francisco 49ers on September 12, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP
The San Francisco 49ers and the Philadelphia Eagles were big winners in Week 1 of the 2021 NFL season, but only one side will continue the momentum this Sunday. The oddsmakers say that the Niners are the best team to extend their winning streak despite being on the road. Can the top sportsbooks be right? Or will the Eagles pull off a stunning upset to send shockwaves through NFL betting markets.
San Francisco 49ers vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Sunday, September 19, 2021 – 1:00 PM ET at Financial Lincoln Stadium
Garoppolo Shines in Niners Win
After all the drama with San Francisco 49ers drafting Trey Lance at No.3 overall in the 2021 NFL draft, Jimmy Garoppolo silenced his critics with a stellar performance in the Niners’ commanding 41-33 win over the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. When all was said and done, the game wasn’t as close as the score suggested. The Niners might have taken the Niners off the pedal in quarter four, at the cost of the cover as the closing 9-point road favorites. If the Niners had not done so, the Lions may not have scored 15 points in the last stanza.
The Lions entered the 2021 NFL season as one longshot NFL pick for Super Bowl 56. Therefore, the matchup was always going favor the Niners in Week 1. However, the Niners rolled to a convincing victory on the road.
The Niners improved to a 1-0-0 record on the season, but slipped to a 0-1-0 ATS record. All four teams in the NFC West emerged winners at the close of Week 1 of the NFL season, underscoring just how competitive the division is going to be this season.
Garoppolo was 17-of-25 passing for 314 yards and one touchdown, with no interceptions. Although he did lose a fumble, he recovered quickly and kept his cool. Trey Lance, his heir apparent, was 1-of-1 for five yards and a touchdown. Elijah Mitchell was the leader in rushing with 104 yards and one touchdown on 19 carries. Raheem Moret had 20 yards on two receptions. Deebo Samuel was Deebo Samuel’s breakout star, with 189 yards on nine receptions and a touchdown. Trent Sherfield had another touchdown, gaining 23 yards on his two receptions.
Hurts Shines in Eagles Win
The Philadelphia Eagles defied the NFL odds to emerge triumphant in Week 1. How much should bettors invest in a win of 32-6 over an Atlanta Falcons team that lies repeatedly? The answer is not many.
This isn’t to take away from the Eagles, who played their hearts out on Sunday. Hurts finished 27-of35 for 264 yard and three touchdowns, with no interceptions. He also added 62 rushing yards to his day’s output. De’Vonta Smith led the Eagles with 71 yards receiving on six receptions and one touchdown. Dallas Goddert and Jalen Goddert combined for 91 yards receiving with two touchdowns. The defense wasn’t too shabby either, holding the Falcons offense to merely six points and sacking Ryan three times.
Jalen Hurts #1 for the Philadelphia Eagles Mitchell Leff/Getty Images/AFP
NFL Betting Predictions
The first week of the NFL season is often misleading and not entirely indicative of what’s to come. The Niners and Eagles emerged winners over two of the league’s worst teams according to the bookmakers – both the Lions and Falcons were longshots in the betting. So, it’s impossible to buy what the Niners or the Eagles are selling right now.
The Niners are better when it comes to talent, depth, and coaching expertise. The Eagles are a rebuilding effort that may or not work with the new union between Nick Sirriani, head coach, and Jalen Hurts.
The Niners are currently on the road for their second straight week. That’s something to take into consideration when betting on this game. Garoppolo, Mike Shanahan, and Mike Shanahan were there before. The 2019 Niners faced a difficult road stretch at the beginning of the season. However, they defied the NFL odds to surprise the punditocracy and emerged as the No.1 seed at season’s end. The Niners won the Super Bowl 54 title (l. to Kansas City Chiefs).
Multiple betting sites indicate that the Niners have the edge and are currently laying 3.5 points on NFL odds boards. There’s even talk of a close game between the Niners and the Eagles amongst many NFL betting experts, closer than the odds would suggest. However, if the basis of that assumption is the win over the Falcons, it’s quite a flimsy handle to hang one’s hat on. Don’t be surprised if this game results in a total blowout by the Niners. They have the talent, offensive weapons, vaunted defense, and coaching experience to win big on the road.
NFL Pick: Niners -3.5 (+102) with Heritage Sports (visit our Heritage Sports Review)
*The pick reflects the line at the moment the writer made the play, the odds at the beginning of this article show the live line movement. Since the lines might vary, don’t forget to refer back to our live odds.
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