Monday Night Football brings us a matchup between the Chicago Bears, who are coming in off a Week 1 loss to the Texans, and the Philadelphia Eagles, who rallied behind their rookie quarterback Carson Wentz last week to clinch a win, albeit against the beleaguered Cleveland Browns. Wentz will be starting on the road for the first time in his career, and if the Bears want to set a different tone for their season, they may want to try taking advantage of his inexperience. Sports Interaction’s NFL odds have the Bears priced as 3-point favorites.
Chicago Bears vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Point spread: Bears -3
Date: Monday, September 19, 2016
Location: Soldier Field, Chicago
Philadelphia is having a love affair with Carson Wentz. According to Brandon Williams of Fanatics, who operate the NFL’s official merchandise website, Wentz’s jersey has become the No. 1 online seller in the nation. To be fair, it’s been a while since the Eagles have had much to be excited about, and Wentz has only played one real game, so whether or not he’s worthy of the adoration remains to be seen. He certainly looked good against the Browns, throwing for 278 yards and getting two touchdowns, but he’s yet to face a contending team.
All eyes will be on Wentz for his second showing, and as it stands, the Eagles are the +150 underdogs in the Windy City. Eagles receiver Jordan Matthews looked to be synced up nicely with his rookie QB, producing 114 receiving yards as the Eagles throttled the Browns 29-10. Chemistry like that bodes well for the team if they can continue to gel and make plays. If they found a way to beat the Bears, it would give them some much needed momentum going into a tough schedule.
Both of these teams struggle on defense, so this could be a high scoring affair. The Eagles are the -150 underdogs in this Monday Night Football game.
Jay Cutler. Last week in their first game of the season against the Texans, Cutler completed just over half of his passes and naturally, threw an interception. Despite having one of the most inconsistent QBs in the league, the Bears are still 3-point favorites to win this one, and that’s because Wentz is relatively untested and inexperienced and because, overall, the Bears have a more talented roster.
Chicago has won four of their last six games against the Eagles. In the receiving department, Alshon Jeffery and Eddie Royal together have 162 yards and a single touchdown. Their ground game is averaging 73 yards a game. Running back Jeremy Langford, the replacement for Matt Forte, ran 57 yards on 17 carries and a touchdown. This team actually looked good for the first half of the game against the Texans last week, but fell apart in the last quarter.
The Bears have not won a game at home since October 4, 2015. They do have a good chance to win this one against the Eagles, however, because as much as the Bears struggle, they are still better than the Browns, and are more capable of taking advantage of Carson Wentz’s inexperience.
Bears vs. Eagles Prediction