For almost a year, the Bears have been building to this moment. Everything they’ve done since hiring Matt Nagy to trading for Khalil Mack, has been about this postseason. This is a franchise that enjoyed a revitalized 2018 season of which can now finally work to recapture the glory of the old dominant days.
It’s fitting then, that the first opponent to stand in the Bears’ way is the Eagles: the last team to have won the Super Bowl. They’re not the same team that hoisted the Lombardi Trophy last year, but they are still a force that shouldn’t be overlooked. They’re also a symbol of what the Bears must eventually overcome, and become.
Here’s how the Windy City Gridiron staff sees Sunday’s NFC Wild Card Game playing out.
Robert Zeglinski: Bears 27, Eagles 17
The Eagles are hot and confident, and will give the Bears a decent fight. They’re not as hot, confident, or as good as the Bears are.
Lester A. Wiltfong Jr.: Bears 24, Eagles 13
The Eagles are playing good football, but so are the Bears. I think the Bears are a better team right now than the defending Super Bowl champions.
Aaron Leming: Bears 24, Eagles 20
As I tweeted last week (that certain people didn’t like), I think the Eagles are the toughest matchup the Bears could have asked for on Wild Card Weekend. That being said, the Bears are better.
Sam Householder: Bears 22, Eagles 19
The Eagles will make it a fight but the Bears come out on top. The Eagles offense hasn’t turned the ball over in only two games this year. The Bears make teams pay for that. The odd score comes from both teams electing to go for two a couple of times.
Jacob Infante: Bears 24, Eagles 13
The Eagles will give the Bears a competitive game, but Chicago is the more talented team in this matchup.
Josh Sunderbruch: Bears 21, Eagles 17
The Bears score early and then stall while the Eagles surge. Eventually the better defense wins the field position battle and Matt Nagy takes advantage (the score represents a missed PAT and a successful two-point conversion).
Jack Silverstein: Bears 31, Eagles 17
I don’t care what anyone says anymore. They’re winning this whole damn thing.
Patti Curl: Bears 30, Eagles 6
Nick Foles’ magic runs dry when he realizes Eagles fans actually expect him to lead another Super Bowl run, while Trubisky gets the playoff jitters out of his system with two turnovers that allow Eagles field goals.
ECD: Bears 24, Eagles 20
The Bears are 7-1 at home this year and have won nine of their last 10 games. Foles is a magician, but the Bears are the better team with the energy and tools to knock off the defending champions.
WhiskeyRanger: Bears 30 Eagles 21
The Eagles match up pretty well with the Bears, but not well enough to pull out a win. With their banged up secondary and Trubisky’s ability to negate a strong pass rush, Chicago continues a Cinderella story. Insert Bill Murray GIF here.
Robert Schmitz: Bears 24, Eagles 13
Foles’ mobility is not up to the challenge that the Bears’ pass rush brings. Trubisky and the offense chip in their usual 21-plus points and fans leave Solider Field happy.
Ken Mitchell: Bears 28, Eagles 9
My over and under of Foles’ bruised ribs holding up to Khalil Mack, Akiem Hicks, Leonard Floyd and company is 22 minutes, 30 seconds. Pressed to make the bet, I’ll take the under.
Superfans: Bears 42, Eagles 2
I see a pity safety in the game’s waning monuments as a friendly gesture from Bears HC Matt Nagy to his good buddy Eagles HC Doug Pederson.
WCG Contributors: Jeff Berckes; Patti Curl; Eric Christopher Duerrwaechter; Kev H; Sam Householder; Jacob Infante; Aaron Lemming; Ken Mitchell; Steven Schweickert; Jack Silverstein; EJ Snyder; Lester Wiltfong, Jr.; Whiskey Ranger; Robert Zeglinski; Like us on Facebook.