Bears vs Eagles: Final Odds, TV Schedule, Predictions for 2019 NFC Wild Card The Chicago Bears are hoping it does not come back to haunt them Sunday afternoon when they host the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles in the wild-card game.
The Eagles made the playoff when they defeated the Washington Redskins in Week 17 and the Bears beat the Minnesota Vikings. If the Bears had lost that game, the Eagles would not have made the postseason.
The Bears played courageously and well against the Vikings, and if the No. 3-seeded team and NFC North champions are going to beat the sixth-seeded Eagles, they are going to have to do the same thing at Soldier Field.
Nick Foles (72.3 completion percentage, seven TD passes) is once again at the helm for the Eagles, just as he was last year when they went on their Super Bowl run. An injury to starter Carson Wentz put him in the lineup in the postseason a year ago, and the Eagle starter is sidelined once again.
While the Eagles are sitll committed to Wentz for the long term, head coach Doug Pederson has full confidence in Foles because of his arm strength, touch and ability to make all the throws at the most important moments.
The Bears are hoping second-year quarterback Mitchell Trubisky is just as capable as the Philadelphia backup. Trubisky has had several winning moments in leading Chicago to a 12-4 record during the regular season, and many of those moments have been with his legs.
Trubisky (3,223 passing yards, 24 TDs; 421 rushing yards, 3 TDs) has regularly turned third-down plays into first downs with his speed and power while running with the ball. He has also made some key throws and he has improved this season, but he will still miss some open receivers.
The Bears have turned into a high-level team on the verge of joining the NFL’s elite because they have one of the best defensive teams in the league. They are a hard-hitting team led by edge rusher Khalil Mack (12.5 sacks, six forced fumbles), defensive lineman Akiem Hicks (7.5 sacks, five passes batted) and rookie linebacker Roquan Smith (team-high 121 tackles, 5.0 sacks).
They also have a pair of All-Pro players in the secondary in cornerback Kyle Fuller (seven interceptions, 21 passes defensed) and free safety Eddie Jackson (six interceptions, two returned for TDs; two fumble recoveries, one returned for a TD). The Bears led the NFL with 27 interceptions.
The Eagles struggled throughout much of the season and having a chance to defend their title looked like pipe dream in November when they had a 4-6 record after a Week 11 loss to the New Orleans Saints.
However, the Eagles rebounded to win five of their final six games to get back to the postseason.
Nagy turned out to be an idea leader for the Bears, bringing creativity and confidence to a team that had little of either characteristic under former head coach John Fox.
The Bears played with pizzazz after acquiring Mack from the Raidersshortly before the start of the season, and they rolled to the division title.
The regular season doesn’t matter for either team at this point, but Chicago has a defense that will wreck opposing offenses and they have the home field advantage. We see the Bears winning this game, advancing to the divisional playoffs against the Los Angeles Rams, and covering the spread against the Eagles.