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Eagles vs Bears

In a approach, immediately’s sport is terrifying.
OK, that’s a bit of dramatic. However persist with me for a second.
The Philadelphia Eagles have turn into so good that something however a blowout towards the Bearswould be a disappointment. However since domination is the expectation, it gained’t be all that thrilling if/when it occurs. In different phrases, it doesn’t really feel like there’s so much to realize right here.
After all, that’s not the case. The Eagles do have to hold profitable so as to keep their spot because the No. 1 seed within the NFC playoff image. An Eagles win over the Bears would additionally make it potential for Philadelphia to formally clinch the NFC East on Thursday with a Cowboysloss to Washington.
This case is why a lure sport feels rather less probably. The Eagles nonetheless have so much to play for. And so they’ve efficiently averted such “traps” all season alongside.
I totally anticipate the Eagles to win on Sunday. I wouldn’t be shocked, nonetheless, if the Bears put up some combat. They’ve performed groups shut comparatively all season lengthy. Their solely two blowout losses got here when Mike Glennon was beginning. A kind of losses was to Aaron Rodgers.
It’s not like Mitchell Trubisky is worlds higher than Glennon. At this level, no less than. However the Bears going with their rookie quarterback has inspired them to extra closely rely on the run. Chicago has the second lowest passing play proportion within the NFL at 51.83%. Solely the Jacksonville Jaguars, who attempt to mitigate the unfavorable influence of Blake Bortles, rank decrease.
The Eagles are definitely well-equipped to deal with the run. It’ll be robust for Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen to go off towards a Philadelphia run protection that ranks first general within the league. The Eagles are simply so stout up entrance. With that mentioned, the Eagles did quit some first rate good points to Alfred Morris in Dallas final weekend. Jim Schwartz’s unit can show that was a fluke with a powerful efficiency this week, which I believe is probably going.
Whereas Chicago’s offense — stricken by unhealthy large receivers similar to the 2016 Eagles’ corps — doesn’t scare anybody, their protection is stable. Soccer Outsiders has the Bears ranked 14th in defensive DVOA. They rank tied for 12th in opponent yards per play. Vic Fangio is a longtime coordinator within the league and John Fox clearly has a defensive fame as effectively.
The Eagles shouldn’t — and gained’t — be afraid of Chicago’s protection. For one, the Bears are actually banged up on that aspect of the ball.
The Eagles’ offense is firing on all cylinders proper now. Carson Wentz is enjoying at an MVP stage and the working sport is dependable as ever ... regardless of which working again is enjoying. Wentz will definitely be seeking to get the ball to Alshon Jeffery early and sometimes towards the receiver’s former staff. Jeffery has been heating up in current weeks in order that development may proceed on this sport.
In addition to a possible “Alshon revenge sport” angle, this week’s tilt isn’t something overly thrilling. It’s a matchup that’s lacks any sort of actual juice.
Finally, this can be amaintain enterprisesport for the Birds. Beat Chicago after which get able to go on a three-game street journey which options two NFC battles on the West Coast.
This is who the BGN writers are predicting to win. This is recommendation when selecting towards the unfold.
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My predictions:
Rating prediction: Eagles win, 28-14
Daring prediction: Alshon Jeffery scores 4 touchdowns
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