Monday Night Football is always a special evening and an event fans and players certainly look forward to. Week 2’s edition promises to be no different as a couple of historic rivals and teams from the NFC lock horns in the Windy City. Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears will welcome a rebuilding Philadelphia Eagles squad on Monday evening, with both groups looking to put some positives together for their respective franchises.
Though there hasn’t been much optimism in either city the past few seasons, both groups have entered some lean years and 2016 should be no different. The Eagles did win last week, though beating the Browns isn’t anything special. Meanwhile, Chicago looked pretty mediocre in Week 1 themselves, off a tough loss in Houston. Regardless of the situation or quality of the groups, Bears/Eagles is a solid NFL tradition, and should make Monday evening must-see TV. Read on below for a full game breakdown and official betting prediction.
Eagles vs. Bears Betting Odds:
Philadelphia Eagles +3 (-105)
@ Chicago Bears -3 (-115)
Over 42.5 (-110)
Under 42.5 (-110)
Betting odds provided by Bovada.lv
Eagles vs. Bears Pick:
While Eagles’ rookie quarterback, Carson Wentz did turn in a solid opening week performance, it has to be stated that doing that against the Browns’ defense has to be taken with a major grain of salt. Cleveland generated virtually no pocket pressure, and as a result Wentz could operate comfortably. Against the Bears in Chicago this week, that’s not going to be the case. Though they do have flaws themselves, one of their strong suits is getting pressure to opposing QB’s. Their front seven is ferocious and there’s not a chance a shoddy Eagles’ offensive line will be able to protect Wentz across four full quarters on Monday night. As we’ve seen time and time again with young quarterbacks, the more pressure and hurried situations, the more turnovers and mistakes. Look for the Bears pass rush to force some key ones on MNF.
It’s also expected that Eagles tight end Zach Ertz will be gone for this contest, potentially missing weeks of action. Ertz has been a favourite target of Wentz early in his career and his absence will complicate matters in an already thin receiving group. On the ground, Chicago showed well last week against a tough Texans run game, and should be able to handle Ryan Mathews pretty well in this match-up. Again, the Eagles’ offensive line is a big weakness and their ability to consistently open up holes and running lanes is quite questionable.
On offense for Chicago, look for the Bears to turn in a better performance than they did last week in Houston. The Texans have a very tough defense, and though the Bears held their own, they’ll show more of what they can do against a vulnerable Eagles stop unit. Philadelphia struggles to generate pressure on quarterbacks, and showed some glaring weaknesses in defending the run game last week against the Browns. They conceded more than 5 yards per carry. This should bode well for a big outing from Bears running back, Jeremy Langford. The Eagles also struggle in defending the pass, grading low with their cornerback rankings, and this should mean one of Alshon Jeffery or the youngster Kevin White could be in for prolific evenings.
The general public seems to be a tad down on the Bears and frankly it’s too early for that. This line rose after Philly dismantled Cleveland, but again, you cannot read into that – at all. The Browns simply aren’t a good football club. Philly has a ton of weaknesses, many of which the Bears on their own field should be able to take advantage of. Expect Chicago to dictate the tone with a beastly pass russ on the rookie Wentz, and set up their offense for some good field position throughout. Roll with the Bears in the Monday nighter as slight home favourites.
PICK = Bears -3 (-115)