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The Eagles talk, talk, talk and talk some more as the Bears prepare for Sunday’s home playoff game

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Emma: Bears’ Eddie Jackson Still Sidelined From Practice; 3 Receivers Return - 670 The Score - The Bears are hoping to return some key players to practice this week.

Householder: Philadelphia vs Chicago Betting Picks & Analysis - Sports Bet Collective - Soldier Field will be hosting its first playoff game since January 2011 and it will be rocking before the game even starts. Fans are excited to have their team back in the postseason and are eager for more.

Emma: Kevin White Stays In Moment Amid Unlikely Future With Bears - 670 The Score - ”It’s a game,” Kevin White says. “I’m blessed. Eventually, the tides will turn.”

Top 25 NFL rookies of 2018: Bears Smith, Miller on list - NFL.com - Who was the top rookie of the 2018 season? Saquon Barkley? Baker Mayfield? See Daniel Jeremiah’s final rankings, which include Lamar Jackson soaring into the top 15. Ken’s Note: James Daniels is better than some on this list as well.

Emma: Eagles’ Doug Pederson Saw Success Coming For Bears’ Matt Nagy - 670 The Score - Doug Pederson and Matt Nagy have a longstanding relationship.

Potash: It's not a family reunion for Kyle Long - 'I gotta figure out a way to beat him' - Sun Times - The playoff game marks a milestone on multiple levels for Kyle. It’ll be his first postseason game in six seasons in the NFL, all with the Bears.

Kaufman: What current Bears were doing in 2010 - ChicagoBears.com - The last time the Bears made the playoffs in 2010, only two players on the active roster were in the NFL. Check out what all 53 Bears players were up to eight years ago.

Medina: There It Is! Jordan Howard Named FedEx Ground Player of the Week - Bleacher Nation - A well-deserved honor for Howard.

Medina: Alshon Jeffery's Dark-Side Turn is Complete After Sneak-Dissing Chicago, Bears Defense - Bleacher Nation - Your hate has made you strong, Alshon.

Medina: Cody Parkey Wasn't as "Bad" as He Was "Streaky" in 2018 - Bleacher Nation - Technically, it wasn't all bad for Cody Parkey in 2018.

Hughes: The Five Plays that Defined the Regular Season for the 2018 Chicago Bears - Da Bears Blog - Usually I write a paragraph here, introducing the concept below. But doesn’t the headline do all that work? Do you really need further explanation of this piece? I don’t think you do. So read away…

Bernstein: Matt Nagy Gives Bears Fans New Ownership - 670 The Score - Matt Nagy continues to connect to fans in a special way.

Dickerson: Bears believe QB Mitchell Trubisky ready for postseason - Chicago Bears- ESPN - Coach Matt Nagy said he wants Mitchell Trubisky to "do just what he does" and not put any added pressure on himself against the Eagles.

Gabriel: Bears-Eagles Will Be A Fun Chess Match - 670 The Score - Matt Nagy and Doug Pederson know one another well.

5@5: What About Eagles Should Concern Bears Most? - 670 The Score - The Mully & Haugh crew debates a five-pack of questions every weekday.

Emma: Playoffs Upon Bears, Mitchell Trubisky's Moment Has Arrived - 670 The Score - "You’re definitely seeing that confidence in him," Doug Pederson says.

Biggs' Bears Q&A: Will the Bears block Fletcher Cox like Aaron Donald? Is this the team's best defense since '86? Could Robbie Gould return? - Chicago Tribune - Brad Biggs answers your Bears questions weekly. After success blocking Aaron Donald, will the Bears take a similar approach against the Eagles' Fletcher Cox? Is this the team's best defense since 1986? Plenty of kicking questions, including could Robbie Gould return in 2019?

Can the Bears beat the Eagles on Sunday? Check the numbers - Chicago Tribune - Here’s a look at the Bears by the numbers as they prepare to host the Eagles on Sunday at Soldier Field in their first-round playoff game.

Stankevitz: How will Mitch Trubisky handle the spotlight of his first playoff game? - NBC Sports Chicago - The lessons learned from Mitch Trubisky's last game in a major spotlight should help him on Sunday against the Eagles, those around Halas Hall believe.

The 33 Bears stories you need to read as the playoffs begin - Chicago Tribune - From the first day of 2018 through the last, we mined our coverage to select 33 stories you’ll want to dig in on or re-read to get fully prepared for Sunday’s playoff opener.

Ellis: Why Trey Burton might be one of the most valuable pieces in the Bears' 2018 playoff run - NBC Sports Chicago - The tight end's quietly had the best season of his career.

Under Center Podcast: Breaking down Bears-Eagles - NBC Sports Chicago - JJ Stankevitz, John “Moon” Mullin and Cam Ellis preview Sunday’s Bears-Eagles playoff tilt.

Stankevitz: Doug Pederson, Eagles know they ‘have our work cut out for us’ in trying to stop Khalil Mack - NBC Sports Chicago - In winning three consecutive games to improbably reach the playoffs, the Philadelphia Eagles shut down some of the league’s most effective pass rushers. To wit: the combination of Aaron Donald, JJ Watt and Jadeveon Clowney combined for one sack and two quarterback hits against the Eagles; those three players had 35 1/2 sacks and 87 quarterback hits in 2018.

Mayer: Self-reflection has led to Trubisky’s growth - ChicagoBears.com - Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky’s ability to evaluate himself and learn from his mistakes has played an instrumental role in his emergence this season.

9 questions to test your knowledge of Bears-Eagles history - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears will host the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday at Soldier Field in the first round of the playoffs. How much do you know about the two teams? Take this nine-question quiz to test your knowledge.

Mayer: Bears begin practice week prepping for Eagles - ChicagoBears.com - Winners of four straight and nine of their last 10 games, the NFC North champion Bears return to the practice field Wednesday to prepare for Sunday’s first-round playoff game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Soldier Field.

Potash: The rust is history - With Trubisky back on track, Bears have a path to the title - Sun Times - At this stage of his development, Trubisky is always living on the edge — a split-second decision from a big play or a bad mistake.

Finley: Bears' Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel, Anthony Miller back; Eddie Jackson sits - Sun Times - The Bears got their receivers back Wednesday. They’re still waiting on their Pro Bowl safety.

Jahns: Bears have run game going at right time - Sun Times - Bears running back Jordan Howard run for two touchdowns against the Vikings in Week 17.

Morrissey: What will Mitch Trubisky's legacy be? Let's start finding out - Sun Times - Legacy in progress: What will we think of the Bears quarterback after the playoffs are done, and how will we look at him when his career is over?

Finley: Before fame, Bears' Matt Nagy drove 99 miles each way to work with Doug Pederson - Sun Times - Matt Nagy wasn’t ready to move his family from Lancaster yet. So he drove to and from home every day.

Wiederer: Khalil Mack's magical season with the Bears - Chicago TribuneKhalil Mack's - magical season with the Bears, month-by-month

Kane: From late-night ice cream to meeting in the playoffs, the paths of Matt Nagy and Doug Pederson are intertwined - Chicago Tribune - Doug Pederson could see where Matt Nagy was headed eight years ago when they were both Eagles assistants.

Haugh: Anything but a Bears playoff victory Sunday will make for a winter of discontent in Chicago - Chicago Tribune - Matt Nagy’s surprising first season has gone so well that even after winning 12 games and making the playoffs for the first time in eight years, the Bears could wake up Monday morning feeling like the whole season was a disappointment.

Biggs: Bears kicker Cody Parkey continuing to practice at Soldier Field in preparation for the Eagles - Chicago Tribune - The Bears are continuing their late-season routine of sending kicker Cody Parkey to Soldier Field for practice during the week. He didn't miss a single kick Wednesday, according to his holder, Pat O'Donnell.

PFT’s Assistant coaches of the year: Freddie Kitchens and Vic Fangio – ProFootballTalk - Our choices for the top assistant coaches of the year come from very different ends of their career arcs. Browns offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens was not the team’s offensive coordinator when the year got underway.

Campbell: 5 things we heard about Mitch Trubisky ahead of Bears-Eagles - Keeping his composure, 'playoff' experience and more - Chicago Tribune - 5 things we heard about quarterback Mitch Trubisky on Wednesday ahead of Bears-Eagles include how he'll keep his composure on the playoff stage, how he'll rely on last Sunday's hyped atmosphere against the Vikings, Fletcher Cox's threat to the offense and more.

POLISH SAUSAGE

The NFL playoffs always include some duds at quarterback, but not this year - The Washington Post - When Andrew Luck made the playoffs instead of Blaine Gabbert, it meant we will get to watch a dozen worthwhile quarterbacks this January.

Jaguars, Giants, Jets head worst-to-first candidates in 2019 - NFL.com - Gil Brandt ranks all eight last-place teams according to their chances of going from worst to first in the 2019 season. Where do Eli Manning’s Giants and Jalen Ramsey’s Jaguars sit?

KNOW THY ENEMY

The state of the Detroit Lions - Pride Of Detroit - What is there to think about this Lions team?

Vikings Off-Season Evaluation: QBs - Daily Norseman - Kirk Cousins was the talk of the off-season last year for the Vikings, and the 3-year, $84 million guaranteed, no trade clause deal means he will be the Vikings QB the next two seasons unless he...

Alshon Jeffery had some good quotes ahead of the Eagles vs. Bears playoff game - Bleeding Green Nation - Alshon’s ready for Sunday.

Fog, mistakes, and McNabb: Eagles have a mixed postseason history in Chicago - Bleeding Green Nation - The Eagles have played postseason games twice in Chicago against the Bears, with mixed success.

Eagles release “estimated” injury report ahead of Bears playoff game - Bleeding Green Nation - Update on Philadelphia’s injury situation.

Scouting Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky - Bleeding Green Nation - The QB Scho Show #9!

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Sunderbruch: Bears vs. Eagles - Three “Different” Matchups to Watch - Windy City Gridiron - The Chicago Bears are going to host the Eagles, and the men who could decide the outcome of the game are not the ones who typically get the attention of pundits.

Wiltfong: Bears vs. Eagles playoff odds and prop bets - Chicago favored by 6 - Windy City Gridiron - Here’s the latest for all you gamblers out there...

Zeglinski: Chicago Bears’ Jordan Howard wins FedEx Ground Player of the Week after bullying Vikings (again) - Windy City Gridiron - The third-year Bears back enjoyed his best game of the season in Sunday’s regular season finale as he gets prepped for the playoffs.

Wiltfong: Khalil Mack a finalist for the Pro Butkus Award - Windy City Gridiron - The Dick Butkus Award has been given out to the best linebacker at the high school, college and professional level since the 2008 season. From 1985 through 2008 it was strictly a collegiate award....

Curl's Week 17 stock up, stock down: Chicago Bears vs Minnesota Vikings - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears comprehensively dominated their previously-hopeful division rivals on Sunday, and Chicago stock is soaring

Wiltfong's Chicago Bears Sackwatch 2018: Week 17 vs. Minnesota Vikings - Windy City Gridiron - This is the final Bears’ regular season Sackwatch of 2018.

Leming's Chicago Bears: Fourth quarter report card - Windy City Gridiron - The final quarter of the season is in the books for the Bears. Find out how they graded out in their last quarter of the regular season.

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