Your 4-4 Philadelphia Eagles play the 3-4 Chicago Bears this weekend. Both teams have been disappointing to begin the season. The Bears started out 3-1 only to lose their last 3. The Eagles meanwhile have never been a game above or below .500. The Bears point differential is +6 and the Eagles are +3. Both teams were touted to start the year as some of the favorites in the NFC. Both teams have severely underperformed. Between their records and point differentials both teams have been completely and totally average. This weekend’s game will be a good test for the Eagles. 

It wasn’t that long ago that unofficial team spokesman, Jason Kelce, gave his famous hungry dogs speech after the Super Bowl. I have not seen many hungry dogs out there since that speech. In fact the dogs look quite full and complacent. The Eagles need to find that hunger again and fast. 

Things To Watch For:

The Bears Missed Field Goal Replays: One of the top finishes ever of a Eagles’ playoff game was last year’s NFC wildcard game in Chicago in which Bears’ Kicker (and former Eagles’ Kicker) Cody Parkey double doinked the goal post. The last week new Bears’ Kicker Eddy Piñeiro missed a game winning kick from 41 yards. Look to see if the Bears are within three near the end of the game to see some more adventures in kicking.

DeSean Jackson: The Eagles’ speedster is claiming to finally back this week after being week to week for seven weeks. It is a bit strange for the Eagles to bring him back this week especially when they have a bye next week. The Eagles should consider it a win for Jackson if he comes through the game unscathed: without having re-injured his sports hernia… err “abdominal strain”. Look for the Eagles to go deep to DeSean early and often, if he is actually healthy and not just a decoy out there.

Jordan Howard: Howard is going up against his former team. The Bears traded him to the Eagles this offseason for a 2020 6th round pick. This was probably Howie’s last great magician move, before he lost his touch this season. Look for Howard to have a day against his former team.

Keys To Victory:

The Eagles Have a 100 Yard Rusher: His name will be Jordan Howard. The Eagles haven’t had a 100 yard rusher in over two years since Legarrete Blount did it in October of 2017. Howard needs to break this streak for the Eagles to win on Sunday.

Wentz Have 31 or Fewer Passing Attempts: The more that Carson Wentz throws the ball, the more likely the Eagles are to lose.

To be fair, most QB’s records look similar to this, although not as extreme on the ends. Doug needs to have a balanced attack to give the Eagles a chance to win today. 

The Eagles Need To Put Mitchell Trubisky Out of His Misery: Two weeks ago, Bears’ Coach Matt Nagy said he would not consider benching Mitchell Trubisky even though many feel that Chase Daniel would be the better QB at this point. The Eagles need to pressure him into oblivion and force Nagy’s hand. 

Prediction

Trubisky will struggle, Jordan Howard will have a career day, and Carson will stay under 30 attempts.

Eagles 31 – Bears 17