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Sunday Night Football open thread: Eagles at 49ers

A struggling starter and a backup face off on Sunday night.

NFL: OCT 29 49ers at Eagles Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Entering the season, an Eagles versus 49ers matchup was slated to be an exciting one. Now, just three weeks into the season, the two teams are looking much different than expected.

The 49ers have injuries aplenty. Nick Mullens will fill in for Jimmy Garoppolo again this week. The backup quarterback led the 49ers to a solid win over the Giants, but that speaks heavily to the dysfunctionality in New York. Throw in injuries to Nick Bosa, Richard Sherman, Dee Ford, Solomon Thomas, Tevin Coleman, Raheem Mostert, Ahkello Witherspoon, Jordan Reed... I think I just listed half of their roster. The Seahawks are pulling away with a 4-0 record, and if the 49ers want to return to the Super Bowl, they will need some backups to step up.

The Eagles, meanwhile, are victims of purely poor play. With losses to the Rams and Washington, along with a tie last week versus the Bengals, the early season is ugly in Philly. Carson Wentz has thrown six interceptions to just three touchdowns, and the magic from his earlier seasons appears to be gone. The Eagles are missing a lot of weapons, sure, but his lackluster play has doomed them thus far. If there were a week to bounce back, this would have to be it.

Here’s how to watch:

Date: Sunday, October 4, 2020
Time: 8:20 p.m. ET
Location: Levi’s Stadium - Santa Clara, CA
Announcers: Al Michaels (play-by-play), Cris Collinsworth (analyst), Michele Tafoya (sidelines)

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