The 49ers visit the Eagles for Week 2 of the 2021 season, and Niner Noise joined forces with FanSided’s Inside the Iggles to preview the matchup.
For the second time in three seasons, the San Francisco 49ers are forced to open up their regular-season campaign with a two-game road trip. And after holding off the Detroit Lions in a stress-inducing 41-33 Week 1 victory that was riddled with injuries, the Niners now focus their collective attention on the 1-0 Philadelphia Eagles in Week 2.
Philly is coming off an impressive 32-6 drubbing of the Atlanta Falcons in which all facets of the Eagles’ game plan appeared to work to perfection.
Granted, the Falcons are nowhere near as deep or talented as San Francisco. But in light of Philadelphia’s one-sided win, it’s safe enough to say the 49ers need to tread carefully if they want to improve to 2-0 on the young season.
To help preview this matchup, Niner Noise went behind enemy lines with our FanSided partners covering the Eagles, Inside the Iggles, to chat it up about both teams and this Week’s contest in Philadelphia.
How Eagles’ Jalen Hurts, DeVonta Smith threaten 49ers
NN: The combination of Jalen Hurts and DeVonta Smith has to be exciting for Eagles fans entering 2021. From training camp through Week 1, what have you seen between these two, and how will that chemistry be a problem for defenses moving forward?
"II: Well, the obvious connection between these two goes back to the time that they spent with one another at Alabama with the Crimson Tide. They’ve known each other for a while and genuinely like each other. We often act as though that isn’t important, and truthfully, it may not be, but it helps. Now, the Giants seemed to disagree with this around draft time, but DeVonta Smith was pumped about being an Eagle and reuniting with Hurts. Their relationship has only grown, and I believe their continuing growth as teammates on the field comes from their bond and connection off it. From a talent standpoint, I have no concerns about Hurts’ ability. He’ll continue to grow as he plays more just like Russell Wilson did. Smith will be some of the reason for that. He’s as close as to being a sure thing as a rookie can be. If they stay healthy, these two will be a special tandem for a long time."