No team has repeated as Super Bowl champion since the 2004 New England Patriots, but the Eagles have a chance to join that club. However, the sixth-seeded Eagles are underdogs at No. 3 Chicago.
It’s the first meeting between the Eagles and Bears since Week 12 in the 2017 season when Philadelphia rolled to a 31-3 home victory. Carson Wentz had three TD passes. Chicago had just 140 yards.
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The likely NFL Coach of the Year this season will be Chicago’s Matt Nagy, who was a fairly little-known offensive coordinator of the Kansas City Chiefs this time last year. The Bears were living in the stone ages offensively from 2015-17 under John Fox, when the team finished last in the NFC North each year and was a combined 14-34.
GM Ryan Pace wanted a young offensive mind, and his gamble worked as the Bears won the NFC North title for the first time since 2010, which was their last trip to the playoffs. They would lose that postseason at home to the rival Packers in the conference title game. Chicago is the No. 3 seed, meaning it would visit the No. 2 Los Angeles Rams next weekend with a victory.
Philadelphia’s playoff hopes looked dead when the team was crushed 48-7 in New Orleans to fall to 4-6, but the Eagles have lost just once since. They took care of business easily in Week 17 in winning 24-0 at Washington and got the help they needed for the NFC’s final Wild-Card spot as the Minnesota Vikings were upset at home by Chicago.
The underdog is 9-4 ATS in the past 13 meetings.
It’s time to call Nick Foles Mr. December. Last season, he of course took over late in the regular season for the injured Wentz and led Philadelphia to its first-ever Super Bowl title, being named the game’s MVP. Foles has started and won the past three games this year with Wentz sidelined by a back injury. He was 28 of 33 for 221 yards, two scores and a pick in Sunday’s win at Washington. Foles did leave with a chest injury so that needs monitoring but it didn’t appear to be overly serious. He’s going to cash in big time this offseason as a free agent.
Wentz hasn’t been officially ruled out for the season yet and will undergo a scan on his back early this week. It’s possible he could be cleared to play but it’s considered unlikely. If neither Foles nor Wentz could play, say hello to third-stringer Nate Sudfeld.
For all intents and purposes, the Bears had little to play for in Week 17, yet they shocked the Vikings to end Minnesota’s Wild-Card chances when coupled with Philadelphia’s victory. No. 1 Chicago receiver Allen Robinson was inactive with a shoulder injury and Pro Bowl safety Eddie Jackson was out with an ankle issue. Robinson surely will play in this game but it’s not clear yet on Jackson.
Guard Kyle Long suited up in Week 17 for the first time since suffering a foot injury on Nov. 3. Rookie receiver Anthony Miller, who has seven TD catches this season, left vs. the Vikings with a shoulder injury. Fellow WR Taylor Gabriel left with a rib injury. Nagy seems to think both will be good to play.