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Philadelphia Eagles Schedule 2017 Preview: Chicago Bears

Closer look at the Eagles’ opponents.

Philadelphia Eagles v Chicago Bears Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Bleeding Green Nation’s game-by-game preview of the Eagles' 2017 schedule continues today with Philadelphia's Week 12 opponent: the Chicago Bears. (Check out the Week 11 preview by clicking here.)

The Bears might be the least intimidating team on the Eagles’ 2017 schedule. The San Francisco 49ers also belong in that conversation.

Philadelphia handled the Bears pretty easily when the two teams met in Week 2 last season. Some things have changed since then, of course. For one, Alshon Jeffery is no longer with Chicago. He’s in Philadelphia now. Good luck to Bears defending having to defend him.

Another key difference is that the Bears no longer have Jay Cutler. That might ultimately be a good thing, but their current quarterback group is ... uh ... not great. Mike Glennon is the starter. He’s thrown 30 touchdowns to 15 interceptions in his career, which looks good on paper. But even Chicago doesn’t plan on him being their long-term answer; they traded up for Mitch Trubisky.

The Bears weren’t very good in 2016 and it doesn’t seem like they had a great offseason. Combined with a highly questionable quarterback position, this doesn’t appear to be a very threatening team. Especially given the fact the Eagles will be playing this game at home.

Here’s a more in-depth look at the Bears from our SB Nation associates over at Windy City Gridiron.

Notable free agent additions:

Prince Amukamara (CB), Quintin Demps (S), Marcus Cooper (CB), Mike Glennon (QB), Dion Sims (TE), Markus Wheaton (WR), Kendall Wright (WR), Victor Cruz (WR), Jaye Howard (DL)

Notable free agent departures:

Alshon Jeffery (WR), Jay Cutler (QB)


Draft picks expected to contribute as rookies: Adam Shaheen (TE), Tarik Cohen (RB), Eddie Jackson (FS/PR)

Biggest offseason addition:

It’s all about the quarterback in the NFL, so veteran free agent Mike Glennon and rookie Mitchell Trubisky, not to mention backup Mark Sanchez, will give the Bears a brand new QB room.

Biggest storyline heading into training camp:

The Bears moved up in the draft for quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, so the ‘when will he play’ narrative will be front and center all camp long.

Under-the-radar storyline heading into training camp:

The Bears revamped their wide receivers and secondary, so watching how those two position groups will shape up will be interesting.

Notable injuries heading into training camp:

Starting inside linebacker Danny Trevathan may have to start the season on the PUP list, but other than that, the Bears are relatively healthy heading into camp.

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