By: Alex Patt
The Chicago Bears have had a brutal schedule this year. Now they take on arguably their toughest challenge as they head to Philadelphia to play Carson Wentz and the 9-1 Eagles. Not many people had the Eagles being so good when the season started, but here they are with the best record in the NFL and show no signs of slowing down. The 3-7 Bears face a mighty challenge.
Last week the Bears lost another close game to the Detroit Lions and the Eagles destroyed the Cowboys 37-9. Overall the Bears have lost three straight and the Eagles have won eight in a row. Right now the Bears really don’t have much to play for except for further developing the young players while the Eagles are well on their way to a division title.
This will be Mitchell Trubisky‘s third career NFL road game, and he will have a banged up unit this week. Josh Bellamy is doubtful for this game with Kyle Long, Dontrelle Inman, and Dion Sims questionable. Long is battling a number of injuries and he is not playing nearly to where his skill level is, so even if he does play, it is hard to say how well he will. Hopefully Inman will be okay to go and Sims finally over his illness after missing several games. Last week against the Lions, Dowell Loggians opened up the playbook a bit as he utilized Tarik Cohen and Adam Shaheen more. It resulted in a more efficient offense, which is what is going to be needed against the Eagles. Also note that this will be the Bears debut for kicker Cairo Santos after Barth was cut this week.
The defense lost a huge piece last week with Leonard Floyd going on IR after ligament strains suffered when him and Kyle Fuller collided in the game against the Lions. Danny Trevathan and Pernell McPhee are questionable as well. Trevathan was having a very good season before missing the last two games, which has hurt the defense greatly. Akiem Hicks, who is arguably the team’s MVP also got hurt on the field last week and is currently listed as questionable. The Bears once again are getting bit by the injury but, and against this Eagles team, that can end in disaster.
There is not enough to say about the Eagles right now. Carson Wentz leads all quarterbacks in touchdown passes (25) with the fourth-best rating (103.4) and 2,430 total yards. Both the Bears and Eagles are in the top-ten in lead defensive yards given up, but the injuries the Bears have can see those numbers suffer again this week. The Eagles have allowed the least amount of rushing yards (710) and the sixth-least amount of points (118). For the Bears that run a lot, this can be a problem.
Overall, if the Eagles play like they have been, they should beat the Bears. Will it be a blowout? Potentially, in fact very possible. However the Bears have played good teams competitively, so they may keep it somewhat close. But it is hard seeing any circumstance where the Bears pulls this out.