The Chicago Bears will host the Philadelphia Eagles this evening on Monday Night Football in a battle of two teams both hoping 2016 is the year they can right their franchise. The Bears are in the 2nd year of the John Fox coaching regime, while the Eagles are in year 1 under Doug Pederson.
Chicago hasn't won a playoff game since 2010, which was the last time then even qualified for the postseason and the Eagles are searching for their first playoff victory since 2008, although they have been in the postseason as recently as 2013.
The Bears dropped their season opener to the Houston Texans, 23-14, while Philly opened up 1-0, knocking off the Cleveland Browns by a score of 29-10.
- The game will be on ESPN beginning at 7:30 central with local "non-cable" coverage on WCIU The U.
- You can also stream the game on Watch ESPN and Sunday Ticket.
- You radio listeners can hear the game on Sirius XM Radio and in Chicago on WBBM Newsradio 780 and 105.9FM.
The official injury report this week was a small one for the Bears with only corner Kyle Fuller listed as questionable. The Eagles will be without starters Zach Ertz (TE) and Leodis McKelvin (CB).
In Sam's official WCG Bears-Eagles Game Preview he spotlighted Philadelphia's defensive line as a key match up, "While not necessarily the Texans as far as pure speed and firepower, Barwin, Graham, Curry and Cox combined for 26.5 sacks last season and had a nice start last week." Sam pointed out that Eagle defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz has a history of his teams playing "a little dirty," and he also told us that Schwartz is "known to deploy a "Wide 9" front often but that is about as ubiquitous with his defense as the Cover 2 was in Chicago under Lovie Smith. It's there, but not all the time."
Check out his full Bears-Eagles Game Preview right here.
Here's how the two offenses stack up.
|3rd Down %||30.8||33.3|
Here's how the two defenses stack up.
|3rd Down % Allowed||60.0||20.0|
The numbers seem to indicate that the Eagles have the advantage across the board, but the level of competition from their week one opponents was fairly significant.
The Windy City Gridiron staff each picked the Bears to come out on top tonight with an average final score prediction of 26 to 18. You can check out what each of us predicted right here.
Jeff talked with our sister site, Bleeding Green Nation, and they see the game going like this, "I think the Wentz train keeps rolling, but it'll be substantially closer than Week 1. I say Eagles, 24-20." A lot of people were surprised at rookie Carson Wentz's day, especially after he was hurt after their first preseason game, but Wentz flashed an NFL arm and he had a good command of his offense.
For Jeff's full Five Questions with BGN click here.
The fellas over at BGN had their own version of Five Questions, and Jeff represented WCG with some good analysis. You can find that full Q&A right here.
If you missed our video hit with Comcast Sportsnet, check it out right now.
Here's my podcast game preview from last week right here.
Here's another for the podcast crowd, I was a guest on The Philadelphia Sports Table Podcast over the weekend and you can hear us talking Bears-Eagles right here. FYI, they picked the Bears to win in a close one.
And finally, Fran Duffy, who writes for PhiladelphiaEagles.com, has recently shared some neat Bears Xs&Os stuff via Twitter.
Shot 1 - #Bears love getting Alshon Jeffery vertical; he loves the Stutter-Go. #Eagles DBs must be prepared for this pic.twitter.com/1iKK2nghxU— Fran Duffy (@fduffy3) September 15, 2016
Shot 2 - Whether it's at 'X Iso' or in the slot, #Bears like to move Jeffery around the formation, esp in the RZ pic.twitter.com/ALKqsWugib— Fran Duffy (@fduffy3) September 15, 2016
Shot 3 - #Bears WR Kevin White still coming along as a route runner, but is a threat in YAC situations pic.twitter.com/vIVNdLZTcC— Fran Duffy (@fduffy3) September 15, 2016
Shot 5 - #Bears Cody Whitehair has had his share of issues all summer/fall w/ stunts at G/C; was a OT a year ago pic.twitter.com/QQHVOcK0pA— Fran Duffy (@fduffy3) September 15, 2016
Shot 6 - Signs of hope though. Whitehair allowed lots of pressure on stunts, but also picked up his share as well pic.twitter.com/sI2ef7hXKE— Fran Duffy (@fduffy3) September 15, 2016
Shot 7 - #Bears Whitehair had his share of issues with #Texans NT V Wilfork, but was able to win at times as well pic.twitter.com/yOs9Es7G7S— Fran Duffy (@fduffy3) September 15, 2016
Shot 8 - #Bears RB Jeremy Langford very effective finding comeback lanes in preseason. This is the first play of '16 pic.twitter.com/ZLUjahH4qP— Fran Duffy (@fduffy3) September 15, 2016
Shot 9 - Langford is shifty in the open field. Former WR w/ 3rd down value #Bears pic.twitter.com/ib3eS2PzVt— Fran Duffy (@fduffy3) September 15, 2016
Shot 1 - #Bears Eddie Goldman is so stout at the point of attack. Really tough run defender; has come into his own pic.twitter.com/ohdgj7idlo— Fran Duffy (@fduffy3) September 16, 2016
Shot 2 - #Bears NT Eddie Goldman with one of the best individual plays that I saw in the preseason pic.twitter.com/DHCadgejtN— Fran Duffy (@fduffy3) September 16, 2016
Shot 3 - #Bears EP Leonard Floyd not where he needs to be, but his physical tools are undeniable pic.twitter.com/lsFpWsFMR5— Fran Duffy (@fduffy3) September 16, 2016
Shot 4 - #Bears were very effective with stunts and twists in preseason. Floyd and J Bullard work well together here pic.twitter.com/GOlRzMdyjK— Fran Duffy (@fduffy3) September 16, 2016
Shot 5 - #Bears Jerell Freeman excels because of his instincts against the run and the pass pic.twitter.com/66FvkBr2Hf— Fran Duffy (@fduffy3) September 16, 2016
Shot 6 - Have loved Danny Trevathan going back to Kentucky. #Bears got a disruptor inside against the run & the pass pic.twitter.com/IZ5jFIHBfw— Fran Duffy (@fduffy3) September 16, 2016
Shot 7 - Outstanding INT in man coverage by Tracy Porter, the veteran of a very young #Bears secondary pic.twitter.com/0LKM27vYtr— Fran Duffy (@fduffy3) September 16, 2016
How are you guys feeling about the game tonight?
Anyone heading out to Soldier Field? If so be sure to tweet any cool pics to @WindyCGridiron.