The Chicago Bears finished off the 2018 season with an impressive 12-4 record. Their four losses were by a combined 14 points. They finished the season winning 9 of their last 10 games, with the outlier being that game against the Giants that they should have won.  The last time the Bears finished a season 9-1 in their last 10? 1985.   

Who do you like Sunday, Bears or Eagles?

You voted:

The Bears have the best head coach in the league, best defense in the league, the best fans in the league, and nobody wants to play this team at Soldier Field.  

THE MATCHUP: Philadelphia Eagles @ Chicago Bears – 3:40pm on NBC 

The Eagles floated around a .500 record most of the years before they went 5-1 to close out the season, including a 3-0 finish with Nick Foles under center. After Carson Wentz’s injury, Nick Foles took over for weeks 15, 16, and 17. In those games he completed 76.9% of his passes, which helped lead them to wins against the Rams, Texans, and Redskins.  In week 17 he completed 25 passes in a row. Alshon Jeffery, former second-round pick of the Bears, is coming back to Soldier Field for the first time since leaving the team after the 2016 season. He’s still a great player, he had 843 yards in 13 games for the Eagles this season and he can climb the ladder and get those 50/50 jump balls.  They also have quick and shifty guys in Golden Tate and Darren Sproles that can make people miss and make big plays happen. They are a tight end heavy team. Zach Ertz is one of the best in the league, his 116 receptions lead all tight ends. George Kittle and Zach Ertz both broke the previous single-season tight end receiving yards record, and Ertz’s 1336 yards were just 41 yards short George Kittle. Dallas Goedert added another 33 catches out of the tight end position for the Eagles.   

The Eagles defense is littered with grizzly old veterans with plenty of experience in this type of atmosphere. Haloti Ngata, Michael Bennet (the no shoulder pads guy), Chris Long (Kyle’s brother), Malcom Jenkins, and Fletcher Cox are all guys who can change the outcome of a game if they put their minds to it.  After all, this defense is mostly the same defense that won the Super Bowl just last year. 

The Eagles seemed to have put it all together at the right time, winning 5-of-6, getting healthy, and switching to Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles at QB. But let us be honest here, the Chicago Bears are undoubtedly the better team here. 17.7 points allowed per game led the league, 36 takeaways led the league, and 80 rushing yards per game led the league. Those are three of the most important stats on defense if you ask me. Don’t let them score, don’t let them run (so they are forced to pass), and take the ball away.  

Philadelphia is a good team, but they aren’t as good as the Bears. This game is being played at Soldier Field which has turned into a very tough place to play on the road. The atmosphere is back, the fans are loud, and opposing offenses can’t hear themselves think. Sure, Philly won a Super Bowl last season and has all this experience, but the Bears have young guys who just go out on to the field and have fun whilst being very good at football. Experience will not matter on Sunday when the Bears steamroll this mediocre Eagles team to the tune of a 27-10 victory.

JEREMY BOYD is a Blogger for The Vidette. He can be contacted at jboyd13@ilstu.edu. Follow him on Twitter at @Jeremy_Boyd1 


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