PHI Eagles at CHI Bears : Predictions, Odds and Betting Tips
Sunday 1/6 4:40 PM (ET)
Nick Foles’ attempt to shock the world for a second consecutive season starts on Sunday. The Eagles travel to the Windy City to face off with the new-aged Monsters of the Midway.
He can’t do it again, can he? That’s the question on everyone’s mind pertaining to Nick Foles. The fact that everything fell into place as it did just to get the Eagles to the playoffs seems a miracle in itself. Foles led the Eagles to a 3-0 record after being inserted into the starting lineup for an injured Carson Wentz. Foles registers a 90.6 passer rating when under pressure, the best rating by any QB this season. He will have to continue to stand stout in the pocket on Sunday vs. Khalil Mack and company.
The Bears finished atop the NFC North in 2018. Yet, while they closed out the year on a four game win streak with Mitchell Trubisky back in their starting lineup, their offense struggled to produce points. Chicago averaged just 19.3 ppg in the final month of the regular season. A far cry from the 29.4 ppg they averaged in the ten games prior to Trubisky going down. Trubisky will have his hands full this week against a Philly D-Line who accounted for 37 more pressures than any other team in football. On a positive note for Chicago, the Bears did manage to integrate Jordan Howard back into the offense. Howard registered his only two 100-yard games of the season in the month of December.
The Bears defense is stout, and will likely shut down a Philly run game that has been M.I.A. for weeks now, but a missing piece on the back end could skew the game in the Eagles’ favor. All-Pro safety Eddie Jackson will be a game-time decision come Sunday. Nick Foles has registered an outstanding 103 passer rating on passes that travel 20-yards or more past the line of scrimmage this season. If Chicago is without their centerfielder come game time, Foles will attack early and often, likely connecting on a handful of big plays.
Score prediction:Eagles win 27-24
Chicago has struggled offensively down the stretch, and Philly comes in with one of the most ferocious front sevens in all of the NFL. The potential loss of Eddie Jackson is a major blow to Chicago’s chances of winning. The Eagles have a great chance of winning this game SU. The fact that betting sites have gifted Philly with more than a touchdown on the scoreboard prior to kickoff is just icing on the cake.
The Eagles have averaged 28.7 ppg since Nick Foles took the helm in week 15. The Bears have shown the ability to light up the scoreboard in stretches this season, and they will have to if they want to keep pace with Foles on Sunday. The Eagles’ secondary is still riddled with question marks, and are more than susceptible to being beat deep on a few occasions.
Head to Head
The Eagles hold a 6-4 advantage on Chicago in their last ten matchups. Philly has gone undefeated over their last three games against Chicago, with their most recent win coming in a 31-3 shellacking back in the 2017 season.
- Philadelphia is 5-1 SU in their last 6 games.
- Philadelphia is 4-2 SU/ATS in their last 6 road games.
- The total has gone OVER in 16 of Philadelphia’s past 24 road games.
- Chicago is 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games vs. Philadelphia.
- Chicago is 2-6 SU in their last 8 home games vs. Philadelphia.
- Chicago is 9-1 ATS in their last ten games.