After closing out a long road trip with a win, The Eagles will return to Lincoln Financial Field for the first time since October 6th. The Bears come in after losing on none other than a last-second botched field goal (Sound familiar?) With the final game for the Eagles before their bye week, here are the crew’s predictions for the game:
Joe Fabiani (5-3)
Heading into today’s matchup, the Eagles will be looking to build on last week’s big win. The defense had a strong showing and should show out in this matchup as well. Mitch Trubisky has struggled to be consistent this year and is lacking confidence. The Bears have also struggled to get the run game going with breakdowns on their offensive line. Everything points to a big defensive game for the Birds, especially since they’ll get another boost from Avonte Maddox making his return. The Bears defense has struggled with the run over their last couple of games, so look for the Eagles to take advantage of that and also utilize their tight ends.
Final Prediction: Eagles 24, Bears 13
Joey Kapusta (4-4)
The Chicago Bears and Khalil Mack are coming to Philadelphia to take on our beloved birds. The Eagles are finally home after a disappointing three-game road trip. Desean Jackson will be making his first appearance since week one and the Eagles offense should get a much-needed boost with his speed. “The Double-Doink” boys might have the worst starting quarterback in the NFL in Trubisky and there is no better time for the Eagles defense to feast. Stop Allen Robinson and you stop the Bears offense. Alshon Jeffery revenge game? Jordan Howard revenge game? With the Birds being home, I see the Eagles heading into the bye with a comfortable win.
Final Prediction: Eagles 23, Bears 16
Tyler Edgerton (3-5)
The Eagles got a convincing win last time out and now face yet another fearsome defense. We’ve seen the offense at it’s best when they start pounding the rock and this is a statement game for Jordan Howard against his former team. Running the ball today will also help out the offensive line against a sound defense, including Khalil Mack going up against rookie Andre Dillard making just his third start. The Eagles defense will have to key in on Tarik Cohen and make tackles when he’s in space. Play a clean game and behind Desean Jackson’s return, the Eagles should go into the bye week with 5-4 record.
Final Prediction: Eagles 27, Bears 20
Eric Fenstermaker (2-6)
I am 2-6 predicting the Philadelphia Eagles this season. Yes, I am 2-6 picking my own favorite team that I have been following since I was a child. Why? Simply put, they are wildly unpredictable. The Eagles baffle me. Some games, the run is weak and can’t get established. Other games, the Eagles rush for almost 200 yards. Carson Wentz looks tremendous, yet receivers can’t catch, and his “safety blanket,” Zach Ertz, has just one touchdown. The Eagles can beat good teams like the Packers and Bills, yet they lose to teams like the Falcons. So, are the Bears a good or bad team? Honestly, they are both. The offense is atrocious, but the defense is elite. The Eagles’ defense shouldn’t have an issue, but how will the offense fare? I’m half tempted to predict a Bears win, just because I know the opposite of what I pick will occur, but I’m not superstitious. I’m picking the Eagles in this one. I think Wentz and co. will find a way to get the job done in a low-scoring contest.
Final Prediction: Eagles 17, Bears 10