For the second consecutive week, the Philadelphia Eagles will be apart of one of the two NFL prime-time games. This week, they will face the Chicago Bears on Monday night at Lincoln Financial Field. On paper, this is a game that the Eagles should win, but football is not played on a sheet of paper.
Eagles Offense vs. Bears Defense:
If the Eagles play like they did against the Cowboys, the Bears defense won’t stand a chance. However, that is a big if. The Eagles have been consistent in moving the ball down the field, but they have been inconsistent getting the ball into the endzone. That will be the key for this game.
LeSean McCoy has returned to action after a brief absence due to a stomach bug. McCoy said that he still feels a little weak, but will definitely play. Hopefully he will feel better come Monday night. He is the key to success on offense for the Eagles. The perfect remedy for McCoy could be the offensive line. Last week, the o-line opened holes big enough for Andy Reid to run through. It seems that Howard Mudd has gotten his line playing beyond expectations, which is great news.
If McCoy and the line can get the run game going, Michael Vick and the speedy Eagles receivers should have a field day. The Bears secondary is average, so look for some big plays.
Eagles Defense vs. Bears Offense
The defense played with its hair on fire against Dallas; hopefully that was the spark to future success. If they want success this week, they will have to stop tailback Mike Forte, who has been a bright spot for the Bears offensively. This will be an indicator whether the defense really has improved or if they just played a great game against Dallas.
The secondary should be able to handle the Bears passing attack. The quick Devin Hester will be the Eagles main concern. Other than that, the Eagles shouldn’t have too much of a problem.
Edge: Eagles (Slightly)
Prediction: Eagles 31 Bears 21
The defense will play adequately and the offense will have a big game propelling the Eagles to a 4-4 record.