I suppose there will be one thing to be optimistic about this Sunday when the Philadelphia Eagles host the Chicago Bears; the Bears will have an opportunity to move up in the 2018 Draft. Not to be negative about the Bears and Mitchell Trubisky, who looked great last week, but the Eagles are a dominant force to be reckoned with this season.
The Eagles are heavy favorites to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl in February and for good reasons. This season Wentz has looked like a seasoned veteran, not a second-year pro. The Eagles currently rank first in both scoring and rushing defense, are number two in rushing offense, have not lost a game at home this season, and have won every game since their loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in week two.
The Bears do not have so many high praises but they do have silver linings behind their dark clouds. So far this year the Bears have rushed for over 220 plus yards three times this season, including last week when they rushed for 222 yards. Over the last three decades or so, the Bears only rushed for 220 plus yards twice period. What is most impressive about this is the fact that defenses have tried their best to stack the box and prevent the Bears from rushing the ball well against them. It has worked a few times this year but when the Bears get that ball rolling it’s hard to stop it. Jordan Howard is only 159 yards short of becoming the first Bears running back to start their career with two 1,000-yard seasons.
Trubisky will definitely be put to the test as he faces the Eagle’s stout defensive line led by Fletcher Cox. It seems the Bear’s passing game has some new found weapons. Last week Adam Shaheen was 4-4 for 41 yards and a TD. In Dontrelle Inman’s first two games with the Bears, he has 9 catches for 131 yards. Will this be the game he receives his first touchdown?
Unfortunately for the Bears defense, Leonard Floyd is now done for the season. I feel like Floyd brought a breath of life to the pass rush and was able to get good pressure on the opposing quarterbacks. It will be up to the remaining front seven to cause pressure, and hopefully sacks, on Carson Wentz.
The Eagles offense is definitely high powered. Not only will this be the first game in Alshon Jeffery will play against the Chicago Bears, but the Bear’s defense will also need to attempt to contain Zach Ertz, LeGarrette Blount, and Jay Ajayi.
Another first will be the unveiling of the Bear’s newest weapon, Cairo Santos. I don’t know about you, but I was rooting for the Bears to sign this guy for weeks now. Santos has been very accurate in his career and the Bears can only hope that he will produce as well as he did with the Kansas City Chiefs, and stick around for many healthy years to come. The new journey all starts Sunday in the city of brotherly love.
Bears – 21
Eagles – 35