Eagles vs. 49ers odds, preview, pick

The Philadelphia Eagles are 5-1 straight up and against the spread in their last six games against the San Francisco 49ers. The Eagles hope to continue that success this Sunday visiting the 49ers as an underdog and the computer is picking them to extend San Francisco’s losing skid to three. The Odds Shark computer is predicting a 33-30 Eagles win.

Philadelphia is a 5.5-point underdog on Sunday according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com despite a 6-1 SU and 5-2 ATS record in its last seven games on the road. Winning the game outright in San Francisco will be tough, but the Eagles can certainly keep it close as a 5.5-point dog.

All three of Philadelphia’s first three wins have followed the same script; fall behind early and surge back for the win late. Philadelphia erased a 17-0 deficit against Jacksonville, a 20-6 deficit against Indianapolis and a 17-7 deficit against Washington to win all three games and go 2-1 ATS in the process.

The Eagles average 33.7 points per game on offense and are 10-1 SU and 7-3-1 ATS over their last 11 regular season games overall.

New Orleans is 1-2, but coming off its lone victory over the Minnesota Vikings after losing to the Atlanta Falcons and Cleveland Browns. The Saints have played well offensively for the most part, ranking fifth in passing and sixth in rushing yardage. Drew Brees has led the way as usual, throwing for 863 yards and five touchdowns, including two to Jimmy Graham.

Dallas is riding a two-game winning streak after faltering in Week 1 against the San Francisco 49ers. Last week, the Cowboys fell behind 21-0 on the road to the St. Louis Rams before roaring back to claim a wild 34-31 victory. DeMarco Murray has finally been used to his capabilities by head coach Jason Garrett, averaging 25 carries per game. He has rushed for 385 yards and scored three times.

Red Sox owners to team: Be like Tom Brady, Patriots

Here’s how long John Henry and Tom Werner have owned the Boston Red Sox: When their $695 million bid to buy the team was approved on Dec. 20, 2001, the New England Patriots had not yet won a Super Bowl.

Yeah, it’s been a while. Aside from Harper’s father and brother, both of whom have been regular tagalongs at Las Vegas High this winter, Thomas is about as familiar as it gets. In fact, he’s the one whose gritty pipes were featured in that UnderArmour commercial, handpicked because of his history with the star, because his voice resonates personally. It’s a voice Harper has heard regularly this winter, every time he sets foot on his high school field.

“He looks phenomenal,” Thomas says of his former player. “He looks more like himself.”

And with Henry and Werner recently celebrating their 15th anniversary as Red Sox principal owner and chairman, respectively, they thought it might be appropriate to use the Patriots as inspiration in their annual spring-training address to the team Friday before the first full-squad workout at JetBlue Park.

The translation of that equation comes to four or possibly five starters making 30 starts apiece. Asked what his rotation might be capable of if that happens, deGrom made zero attempt to suppress a laugh.

“Heh-heh,” he said. “I think we know what could happen. And we know what we want to happen. We just have to go out there and do it still. It all looks good on paper. And it’s great talking about it. But until we go out there and actually do it, it can’t be a reality. So that’s the plan. And that’s what we’re here working for. That’s the goal: to win a World Series. And it starts now.”

“People haven’t seen the best of this rotation. I think they’ll see the best when we all go out there every five days. And that’ll be this year — hopefully.”

McCourty was the backbone of a dominant Patriots secondary that ranked third-best in Pro Football Focus’ pass coverage ratings

Atlanta drafted Devonta Freeman in 2014, but doesn’t have much at the position and will likely be looking for more running back help, either on the free agent market or the NFL Draft.

A lot has been written lately about my future. There are questions about my age, and what I have left in the tank. Of that, I will simply say this. For the first nine years of my career, I was used like a battering ram, punishing opposing defense over four quarters of a game. Maybe you stopped me the first five times I got the ball, but by the 15th or 20th time I got it, late in a game — let’s just say you were really feeling me at that point.

Make no mistake: I can still punish a defense. I still have a warrior’s heart. There are 1,000-yard seasons left in these legs. I know what I am still capable of, and I have every intention of proving it.

In the post, he also thanked the Falcons, owner Arthur Blank and the city of Atlanta for the way he was treated during his two seasons with the team.

“I’ve thought about all different scenarios whether I’m here or whether I’m somewhere else,” he said. “At this point, I don’t have a contract. It could happen that I could be playing somewhere else. I think it would be crazy not to think that that could be reality. I’ve thought about all those scenarios.”

McCourty was the backbone of a dominant Patriots secondary that ranked third-best in Pro Football Focus’ pass coverage ratings last year. The 2010 first-round pick and Pro Bowler finished the regular season with 78 tackles, nine passes defended and two interceptions. The advanced metrics also gave him high marks, with Pro Football Focus rating him as the eighth-best safety in the league and giving him strong grades in coverage and against the run.