Eagles @ 49ers
Passing Yards: 310.3 yards (2nd)
Rushing Yards: 108.7 yards (19th)
Opponent Passing Yards: 280.3 yards (30th)
Opponent Rushing Yards: 105.7 yards (13th)
Nick Foles is coming off his best game of the season so far throwing for 325 yards and three touchdowns and no interceptions despite getting hit a lot on Sunday against the Redskins. He enters Week 4 as the NFL's leading passer with 978 yards.
LeSean McCoy was ineffective in the run game against Washington carrying 19 times for just 22 yards. He was hit early in the game by David Amerson and appeared dazed but later returned. Darren Sproles carried twice for 20 yards but also fumbled once.
Jeremy Maclin had a huge game for the Eagles catching eight passes for 154 yards and a touchdown. He even had a long touchdown negated by a Jason Kelce block in the back call. Jordan Matthews had the breakout game we've been waiting for as he pulled in eight balls for 59 yards and two touchdowns.
The Eagles tight ends were kept in check on Sunday with Zach Ertz catching two passes for just 14 yards while James Casey caught one important pass for 19 yards. Brent Celek was not targeted at all on Sunday.
The offensive line gets a makeover. Jason Peters, who was ejected from Sunday's game, stays at left tackle while the injured Matt Tobin takes over for Dennis Kelly at left guard. Kelly slides to right guard while Todd Herremans moves from right guard to right tackle. With Jason Kelce sidelined for the foreseeable future, David Molk will start in his place.
The defensive line has played well against the run. Nose tackle Bennie Logan was second on the team last week with seven total tackles and leads all defensive linemen with 16 tackles on the season. Fletcher Cox continues to cause havoc while Cedric Thornton has been productive.
The Eagles have played two consecutive games without recording a sack. Last week Kirk Cousins picked them apart as the Eagles only got six quarterback hurries on Cousins - five coming from outside linebacker Trent Cole. Connor Barwin had a quiet game last week with just one assisted tackle and no passes defended.
On the inside, DeMeco Ryans has played well against the run. Linebacker Mychal Kendricks is improving from his calf injury but has not been a full participant in practice this week. Emmanuel Acho and Casey Matthews split his reps last week. First-round pick Marcus Smith played a few snaps in Kendricks' place at inside linebacker.
Cousins picked apart the Eagles secondary, in particular Bradley Fletcher. Cousins targeted Fletcher 16 times on Sunday completing nine passes for 104 yards and two touchdowns. Nolan Carroll got some first-team reps in practice this week and the coaching staff continues to leave Brandon Boykin in the slot.
Malcolm Jenkins had another big interception for the Eagles last week - his second in the last two weeks. Nate Allen had a few tough place - one of which came when he bit on the play-action fake and Cousins hit DeSean Jackson over the top for an 81-yard touchdown.
Cody Parkey drilled another 51-yard field goal last week and was 3-for-3 overall on field goal attempts. Donnie Jones had a less than stellar game averaging just 37.3 yards per punt on his four punts on the afternoon. The Eagles had their first kickoff return for a touchdown since November 2008 when Chris Polk returned a kick 102 yards in the first quarter on Sunday.
Passing Yards: 220.0 yards (17th)
Rushing Yards: 112.0 yards (17th)
Opponent Passing Yards: 226.3 yards (15th)
Opponent Rushing Yards: 85.7 yards (7th)
Colin Kaepernick was the man for the 49ers last week passing for 245 yards and a touchdown while also rushing 12 times for 54 yards, leading the 49ers in both categories. The San Francisco quarterback is completing 70.2% of his passes this season but only for an average of 7.4 yards per completion.
The running back duo of Carlos Hyde and Frank Gore combined to rush nine times for 23 yards with Hyde finding the end zone. Hyde only has 63 yards on the season but leads the 49ers in rushing touchdowns with two, Gore leads the Niners in rushing with 139 yards.
Stevie Johnson had his best game since arriving in San Francisco on Sunday catching nine passes for 103 yards. Michael Crabtree is still Kaepernick's favorite receiver as he caught 10 passes for 80 yards and a touchdown. He leads the team in receptions (19), yards (187) and is tied for the team-lead in touchdowns (2). Anquan Boldin had a quiet game against the Cardinals catching six passes for 36 yards but is second on the team in receptions (16) and yards (169).
Vernon Davis is the guy for the 49ers. He is a threat in the passing game and is still tied for the team-lead in touchdowns despite missing last week's game. He is big (6'3, 250 lbs.) and fast which makes him a concern in the passing game. Davis and his backup Vance McDonald were both limited in practice this week; if they can't go, Brent Celek's brother, Garrett, will likely start.
The left side of the line is stacked with Pro Bowl tackle Joe Staley and Pro Bowl left guard Mike Iupati holding it down. Starting right tackle Anthony Davis could return after missing the first three games of the season with a hamstring injury. If Davis doesn't go, Jonathan Martin will start in his place. Daniel Kilgore will start at center while Alex Boone starts at right guard.
Defensive end Justin Smith is the guy the Eagles really have to worry about. The 34-year-old has three of the 49ers' four sacks on the season. The other defensive end, Ray McDonald, along with nose tackle Ian Williams have abilities to be disruptive in the backfield.
Patrick Willis anchors the San Francisco linebackers as he leads the team in tackles with 20 and also has an interception and two passes defended. Navarro Bowman and Aldon Smith are both out. Michael Wilhoite will handle the other inside linebacker spot in place of Bowman while Ahmad Brooks will take the left outside linebacker spot and Dan Skuta will hold down the right side.
The 49ers have a solid secondary. Chris Culliver will be on either Maclin or Riley Cooper. He is a strong cornerback but has a penchant for taking penalties. Tramaine Brock likely won't play on Sunday which gives Perrish Cox a chance to step up.
Antoine Bethea, who is in his first season in San Francisco after a Pro Bowl career with the Colts, has been great for the 49ers ranking third on the team in tackles with 13 and two passes defended. Eric Reid lines up at the other safety spot coming off a Pro Bowl rookie season last year. Reid has one interception and one pass defended this season.
Phil Dawson is 2-for-4 on field goal opportunities this season missing his only opportunity last week. He is 0-for-2 on field goals longer than 27 yards so far this season. Punter Andy Lee is still strong for San Francisco averaging 45.7 yards per punt on his nine punts this season. Perrish Cox handles the kick and punt returns for the 49ers.