Preview: Eagles look for fifth straight win vs. the Chicago Bears
The biggest mismatch on the NFL schedule this weekend is in the Windy City, as the (12-1) Philadelphia Eagles will take on the (3-10) Chicago Bears.
The Eagles are playing their best football of the season. They have scored 35+ points in three straight games, totaling almost 1,500 combined yards of offense. On defense, the pass rush has been dismantling offensive lines and has racked up 49 sacks on the season. Now, the Chicago Bears are next in line to get torn apart by Jalen Hurts and the rest of the Eagles’ high-powered offense.
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Jalen Hurts is leading the charge for the Philadelphia Eagles, despite what national media pundits might tell you. During the Eagles’ four-game winning streak, Hurts has accounted for 11 touchdowns (eight passing, three rushing) to go along with ZERO interceptions. On the season, Hurts has thrown for 3,157 yards, 22 touchdowns, and just three interceptions. On the ground, Hurts has racked up 686 yards and 10 touchdowns on the year.
As for the Chicago Bears, they have lost six games in a row and nine out of their last 10 games after beginning the season with a 2-1 record. Justin Fields has proven to be a one-man highlight reel but outside of the quarterback position, there’s really not much happening for the Bears this year.
Fields is the third-leading rusher in the NFL over the last nine weeks. He’s also the 12th-leading passer in the league over the same span. He’s averaging 110 rushing yards per game and holds a 94.9 passer rating over the last two months. Again, Fields is hardly the problem for the Chicago Bears; the rest of the team is simply hot garbage.
Chicago Bears Key Injuries
- Leading RB Khalil Herbert (IR)
- Leading receiver Darnell Mooney (IR)
- WR Chase Claypool (OUT)
- WR N’Keal Harry is questionable*
There has been a TON of chatter on social media all week that this game is a “trap game” for the Eagles, mainly because it’s a road game in the middle of December and it’s going to be extremely cold in Chicago. Fans are worried that the Eagles are “looking past the Bears” and already have their eyes on the NFC East showdown against the Cowboys on Christmas Eve next week.
I really don’t see that happening.
The Bears don’t have the weapons to beat the Philadelphia Eagles and a single player (Justin Fields) won’t be able to give them an upset win tomorrow. The Eagles are too good of a football team to allow that to happen. Period.
Jalen Hurts is the NFL MVP, regardless of what Chris Simms and Micah Parsons think. He has the Eagles’ offense operating like a well-oiled machine and to even think that the Chicago Bears can even compete with the Eagles is insulting.
Prediction: Eagles 42, Bears 17
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