The Philadelphia Eagles defense will be an asset against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, which hasn't been seen since the team's first game against the St. Louis Rams.
The 49ers defense has played pretty well all season, but Alex Smith and the offense are struggling to score again this year.
If the Eagles defense can do three things, it will be a long day for the 49ers.
First, the Eagles will need to get pressure on the quarterback early. Not only will that rattle Alex Smith, but it will force Jim Harbaugh to keep Vernon Davis in as a blocker. If the Eagles can't get to Smith, Davis will burn the defense all day long.
The Eagles will have to cover the receivers well, too. If the pass-rush isn't working, then the secondary can still force some coverage sacks.
Lastly and most importantly, the linebackers need to hit and wrap up Frank Gore. The 49ers will attempt to control the clock by giving a ton of carries to Gore. If the Eagles stymie the 49ers' plans, Alex Smith will be stuck in 3rd-and-long scenarios. A death sentence for the 49ers offense.