I feel really good about the Philadelphia Eagles’ chances of beating the Chicago Bears today and I think that’s a little strange.
It was just last week when the Eagles were coming off two straight blowout losses heading into Buffalo. The Eagles’ win over the Bills was decisive, yes, but it wasn’t a performance that erased all previous doubts about this team.
And yet, again, I just feel really good about the Eagles today.
Getting key players back from injury — hello there, DeSean Jackson — is certainly a big reason for optimism. The Eagles’ wide receiver “production” has been so abysmal without No. 10 on the field. It’s unclear just how effective Jackson will be but at the very least his mere presence is more threatening than having Mack Hollins out there. Carson Wentz had a real great chemistry with Jackson prior to the veteran’s injury so I imagine we’ll see them connect at some point.
Another reason why I feel so good about this game has nothing to do with the Eagles and everything to do with the Bears. More specifically, Mitchell Trubisky. The Bears’ starting quarterback has basically been a disaster this season. It’s hardly like the Eagles’ defense is impervious to getting shredded but I’d be shocked if Trubisky carves them up. The Eagles’ secondary figures to be stabilized with Ronald Darby, Jalen Mills, and Avonte Maddox all playing at cornerback. Much more importantly, Philly’s pass rush has been coming on in recent weeks. They should be able to pressure Trubisky into a turnover or two.
Lincoln Financial Field is going to be rocking with the Eagles playing their first game back at home since October 6. The players are going to give this everything they’ve got as they empty the tank ahead of the team’s Week 10 bye.
Eagles gonna get that W.
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Score prediction: 23-13, Eagles win.
Bold prediction: Jordan Howard scores every Eagles touchdown.
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