The Eagles are in control of the NFC East but the title is not Philadelphia's yet. With two games remaining, the Eagles control the their own destiny and that path starts with the Bears in the final home game of the regular season. Both teams have talented offenses, but they also have very limited defenses.
The Eagles have one of the worst pass defenses in the league, while the Bears are easily the worst against the run in the NFL. This is good news for Bears wide receivers Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffrey along with the Eagles and NFL's top rusher LeSean McCoy. The challenge for the Eagles defense will be tremendous as the Bears have top receiving duo in the league. In order to calm the storm against the pass, the Philadelphia will have to force mistakes by Jay Cutler.
For the Eagles offense, Philadelphia needs to bounce back and put points on the board early. Nick Foles needs to have genuinely solid outing against Chicago and McCoy needs to take advantage of the Bears lowly linebackers. Another weapon to be utilized would be DeSean Jackson, who is easily more talented than the Bears entire secondary.
When and Where to Watch
Sunday, 8:30 p.m. on NBC
Sirius 93 (Internet 823)
The Eagles are 12-30-1 all-time against the Bears.
However, the Eagles are 6-4 in the last 10 matchups.
The Bears have won two straight against the Eagles.
Check out Windy City Gridiron for the Bears perspective on tonight's game.
- The Eagles need nine more plays of 20 or more yards to break the all-time record set by the Rams in 2001.
- DeSean Jackson needs just 25 yards to make him and LeSean McCoy the 13th wide receiver/running back tandem to both go over 1,300 yards. They have already combined for the most combined yards in franchise history by a running back/wide receiver tandem in one season.
- McCoy needs just 171 yards to break Wilbert Montegomery's team record for rushing in a season (1,513). He currently has the fourth highest in team history at 1,343 rushing yards.
- McCoy needs just one rushing touchdown to surpass Brian Westbrook for third place on the Eagles all-time list. They are currently tied at 37.
- The Eagles have forced at least one turnover in each of the last 10 games.
- Jackson needs just 135 receiving yards to break Mike Quick's team receiving record for a season. At 1,275 receiving yards, Jackson's total is third all-time, just 42 yards away from Irving Fryar's second highest mark.
- Trent Cole needs just one sack to move into sole possession of second place for the franchise. He is currently tied with Clyde Simmons at 76 sacks.
- Jason Avant and Dennis Kelly are Chicago natives, while Bears kicker Robbie Gould is from Mill Hall, Pennsylvania.
- The Eagles are tied with the Seahawks in second place for most games of holding teams under 21 points (11) and forced redzone turnovers (5).
- DeMeco Ryans has set career highs in both sacks (4) and interceptions (2) this season.
Former Eagles on the Other Sideline
DT Landon Cohen (2012 Preseason and Training Camp)