I wouldn’t be surprised if the Niners quit on their coach today if things go south. There have been rumblings over the past few years of strife between the players and coach Harbaugh. There was even the bizarre story of Harbaugh the elder attempting to orchestrate a trade that would send him to the Browns. The Browns! What on earth would make you want to leave a squad you’ve completely turned around and made into a dominant force to go Cleveland? Cleveland! This is not to knock the fair city of Cleveland, but that front office treats coaches so poorly (poor Rob Chudzinski,) it makes you really wonder what kind of damage was done in SF to make Jim Harbaugh see the Browns organization as greener pastures.
San Fran still should have an advantage, especially since the Eagles are flying across the country and are on the road. The 49ers HFA, however, is pathetic. When they moved out of Candlestick, not only did they alienate their fans by making it a road trip out of SF to get to Santa Clara, they willingly left a tough place to visit. Candlestick was known for the swirling winds, loud fans and championship atmosphere. Santa Clara’s new stadium is a joke- it’s built on WiFi and phone jacks, and ordering sushi to your seat while you check out Twitter. It’s a nice place to visit if you want to hang out with other Silicon Valley types, but it’s a pitiful place to play a football game.
As far as the game goes, if the Eagles jump out to an early lead, it’s probably over. The Niners have had a poor start to the season, and have really struggled to score in the second half of games. To be fair, Philadelphia hasn’t set the world on fire in the first half, so there’s no guarantee this happens. There’s a good chance the 49ers just come out and annihilate the Eagles and get right back on the right track. But if momentum and negative feelings mean anything, the 49ers are not prepared for this game.
WASHINGTON (-3.5) over NY Giants
CHICAGO (+0.5) over Green Bay
Detroit (-0.5) over NY JETS
PITTSBURGH (-7.5) over Tampa Bay
BALTIMORE (-3.5) over Carolina
Miami (-4.5) over OAKLAND
HOUSTON (-3.5) over Buffalo
INDIANAPOLIS (-7.5) over Tennessee
SAN DIEGO (-13.5) over Jacksonville
Atlanta (-2.5) over MINNESOTA
Philadelphia (+5.5) over SAN FRANCISCO
New Orleans (-3.5) over DALLAS
New England (-3.5) over KANSAS CITY