The Eagles (12-1) are on the road to face the Bears (3-10) at Soldier Field on Sunday.
To the predictions:
Reuben Frank (11-2)
The crazy thing about Justin Fields isn’t that he’s the Third-leading rusher within the NFL during the last nine weeks. It’s that he’s the Twelfth-leading passer within the league during the last nine weeks. Fields is on quite a roll. He’s averaging over 100 rushing yards per game during the last two months, and he’s got a 94.9 passer rating during that span as well. The 23-year-old Fields, the eleventh pick last yr, has been superb recently each running at a record-setting pace and passing the ball efficiently. The issue for the Bears is that the remainder of the team isn’t superb. So while Fields has taken off on an unprecedented run, the Bears have lost six straight and nine of their last 10 to fall to 3-10. The Bears are twenty second in offense, last in pass offense, nineteenth in scoring, nineteenth in defense, twenty seventh in run defense and twenty ninth in points allowed. One thing we’ve learned concerning the 2022 Eagles is that one player – irrespective of how gifted – can’t beat them. Fields goes to interrupt an extended run or two Sunday and make some big-time throws, but he can’t beat the Eagles by himself, and I’m undecided he can keep this game close by himself. Tough game, on the road, in bitter cold weather, coming after and before road division games. But I don’t see the Eagles letting up.
Eagles 31, Bears 23
Dave Zangaro (11-2)
At the back of your mind, there’s at all times this fear of a trap game. Might the Eagles overlook the Bears as they prepare for a Christmas Eve showdown against the Cowboys in North Texas? But this team, led by Nick Sirianni and Jalen Hurts, has an unwavering focus and I don’t expect that to alter this week. So long as that focus stays, I just don’t see how the Eagles are going to lose to the Bears.
Sure, possibly Justin Fields runs for a bunch of yards against the Eagles. It’s possible. But he’s really the one threat on that offense. He doesn’t have many weapons and the Eagles have been really good at stuffing the run recently. They simply need to stay disciplined of their rush lanes on Sunday.
And, offensively, the Eagles should have the option to do whatever they need against the Bears. They’ve a non-existent pass rush so Hurts should have the option to select them aside from the pocket. And in addition they get gashed within the run so it may very well be one other big-time performance from Miles Sanders.
Eagles 31, Bears 13
Barrett Brooks (11-2)
The Bears are in The Process. There may be some Sam Hinkie-ism within the front office. For this reason they’ve only won three games. The Bears have traded away an excessive amount of defensive talent to compete. They are going to not have the option to decelerate the Eagles’ running or passing game.
The Eagles’ defensive side of the ball may have their hands full. QB Justin Fields is a special talent. He has a cannon for an arm and runs a 4.4 40 yard dash. OC Luke Getsy has been peeking on the Eagles’ offense, getting some tips about advance Fields’ intangibles on the sphere. The Bears have the No. 1 running offense within the league. They are going to proceed to attempt to run the ball against Jonathan Gannon’s defense.
Eagles 32, Bears 17
Mike Mulhern (12-1)
The Eagles have been dominant all season, but they really appear to be hitting their stride coming down the stretch. They’ve scored 35 or more points in three straight games and totaled nearly 1,500 combined yards of offense. The pass rush has been harassing quarterbacks at a league-leading rate and is as much as an astounding 49 sacks on the season. Their star players are checking off milestones and the quarterback continues to play at an MVP level, irrespective of what Micah Parsons thinks.
This team is a machine, and the Bears are only the following in line to be meticulously torn apart. Sure, Justin Fields presents a challenge. But considering the defense has practiced against Jalen Hurts all season, they must be plenty prepared to cope with Fields’ mobility. Chicago’s defense traded away their best player in Roquan Smith and has been plagued by injuries. Good luck.
So, is it the team? Is it the system? Is it Hurts?
Eagles 34, Bears 16
Adam Hermann (12-1)
Many Eagles fans have frightened about trap games all season long (the Eagles are great and their schedule is weak) but to date the dreaded trap game hasn’t appeared. I do not think fans really need to worry about this Eagles team overlooking an opponent: they’re well-coached, they’ve an excessive amount of talent, they usually appear to be serious about their prep.
But when there have been ever per week for a trap game, it might be this week as a high-stakes Christmas Eve matchup against the Cowboys looms just beyond a road trip to Chicago.
Luckily for the Birds, this Bears team stinks – particularly on the defensive side of the ball. Chicago’s defense ranks thirtieth within the league in EPA/play, has allowed a league-worst 21 rushing touchdowns, and its rush yards per attempt sits within the bottom-quartile of the NFL. Oh, they usually allow the fourth-most points per game.
Just as up to now three weeks, the Eagles should absolutely feast on a Bears team that has little in the best way of defensive talent.
Offensively the Bears have a little bit more going for them. Justin Fields & Co. rank sixteenth in offensive EPA/play, a bang-average unit that has a little bit more juice than your normal mid-pack unit due to Fields’ electricity as a dual-threat playmaker. Fields is a Top 10 rusher within the NFL as a dang quarterback, currently No. 8 within the league in yards ahead of names like Jonathan Taylor, Aaron Jones, and Jamaal Williams. That is wild!
The Eagles are coming off per week during which one among their predominant points of emphasis was limiting Daniel Jones’ mobility – just ask Nick Sirianni’s postgame speech to his team – they usually’ll need to concentrate on the identical thing this week. In the event that they can keep contain on Fields, the passing game is largely no threat in any respect. Khalil Herbert and David Montgomery represent an interesting challenge on the bottom, but when the Eagles’ offense can provide Jonathan Gannon’s guys some respiration room and force Chicago to play from behind things must be positive.
I believe the Eagles rating early and infrequently and keep their foot on the gas.
Eagles 34, Bears 23
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