A battle of two desperate football teams in the NFC will unfold during the early slate of Week 9 action as the struggling Chicago Bears will travel to Philadelphia to do battle with an improving Eagles squad.
The Bears’ offense has been a joke of late, led by quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. He is starting again according to head coach Matt Nagy, though it’s not as if Chase Daniel has been any better. They’ll have their hands full this week against a tough defensive front from the Eagles.
Philadelphia has been better lately after a pair of tough mid-season losses, but bounced back nicely last week in Buffalo. As this group has gotten healthier, their play has improved and though many have already counted them out – this team is dangerous and can still do serious damage in the NFC East.
This has the makings of an early playoff decider matchup for both of these teams in the ultra-competitive NFC. Neither can afford to lose this, and that desperate football should make for a quality game. Read on below the odds for a detailed match breakdown and betting prediction for the Eagles and Bears.
Bears vs. Eagles Betting Odds:
Chicago Bears +4 (-104)
@ Philadelphia Eagles -4 (-116)
Over 41.5 (+100)
Under 41.5 (-120)
Bears vs. Eagles Pick:
One of the biggest surprises of the season is just how bad Mitchell Trubisky has been all season long. The young QB was supposed to take yet another step forward, but know the Bears’ play-caller looks like he’s destined to be a career back-up somewhere else. He has struggled and it won’t get any easier for him this week against Philly.
Magnifying the issues for Trubisky has been the porous play of his offensive line. They can’t create holes, they can’t block, they don’t protect – and as a result, the Eagles should be in line for a huge day defensively. They have some beasts on their defensive front that should be able to get into Chicago’s backfield with ease and wreak havoc on Trubisky, forcing him into some ill-advised throws.
Philadelphia doesn’t boast the strongest secondary right now, though there’s no possible way Trubisky is talented enough or has enough time to exploit this. He’s going to be tasked with making plays with defenders in his face all afternoon, and turnovers will come more frequently than touchdowns. Philly is also steady with their run defense right now, and should be able to make the Bears pretty one-dimensional on offense.
For the Eagles’ attack, expect them to repeat the formula that helped them dominate last week – using the run game to their advantage. Without Akiem Hicks, the Bears have been pretty brutal when it comes to defending the run, and expect Philly to implement a healthy dose of Miles Sanders and Jordan Howard to keep the chains moving on Sunday.
The Bears have been terrible of late, and though many feel that could just be a small blip – this is a team with severe flaws and serious issues. They are sloppy and mistake-prone and don’t have the toughness to secure a big win on the road. The Eagles are healthier and as a result should be able to take care of business as small home favourites on Sunday.