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 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
How are you guys feeling about the game tonight?
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