The last time the Bears and Eagles saw each other they helped spark an instant January classic. Philadelphia saw magic from a heroic 2017 playoff run continue through Soldier Field. Meanwhile, the Bears seemingly haven’t recovered from the gaping wound of the franchise’s first playoff defeat (and appearance) in almost a decade.
Sunday presents an opportunity for both teams to get back on track after respective preseasons of high expectations. Doug Pederson’s Eagles have proven to be a fickle bunch at 4-4. They’re a far cry from being one of the proposed NFC heavyweights. The summer darling Bears haven’t fared much better, losing three straight for the first time in the Matt Nagy era. Barring a deus ex machina of epic proportions, they have no answers to what ails them. Somewhere, mutual mentor Andy Reid is very proud of his prodigies.
Here’s Windy City Gridron’s staff picks for a high stakes NFC bout.
Robert Zeglinski: Eagles 30, Bears 17
How many touchdowns does Jordan Howard score?
Lester A. Wiltfong Jr.: Eagles 24, Bears 13
Touchdowns from Jordan Howard and Alshon Jeffery are enough to beat a struggling Bears offense.
Jacob Infante: Eagles 27, Bears 13
The Bears will score a touchdown in garbage time to make the score look a little more respectable. I don’t see how this game won’t be dominated by the Eagles in nearly all aspects.
Sam Householder: Eagles 31, Bears 10
Former Bears #RevengeGames galore. Over and under: How many times is the “Double-Doink” referenced?
Bill Zimmerman: Eagles 27, Bears 12
If the Bears, at present, can’t beat the Chargers at home, why should they be able to handle an Eagles team on the road that’s coming off an impressive performance against Buffalo?
Josh Sunderbruch: Eagles 24, Bears 8
A safety and a pity touchdown in garbage time sounds about right, with a failed two-point conversion to round it out.
Erik Duerrwaechter: Bears 20, Eagles 17
Because I’m still Optimist Prime.
Robert Schmitz: Eagles 31, Bears 3
The Bears’ fledgling rushing attack is snuffed out by a loaded Eagles front that makes Mitchell Trubisky look like a rookie again.
Ken Mitchell: Bears 24, Eagles 9
Patti Curl: Bears 24, Eagles 21
The Eagles’ defense stacks the box and forces Trubisky to beat them with his arm and he finally does, leading a game-winning touchdown drive. Trubisky slowly grows to a league-average level throughout the season. That’s good enough to commit to Trubisky for the long haul, and he plays poorly enough to keep the Bears out of contention as their great defense regresses piece by piece. The Bears’ next Super Bowl window comes in 2085.
Robert knows you can’t overuse cooking spray when baking cookies. He’s not an idiot.
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