TV Schedule: Sunday, Dec. 22, 8:30 p.m. ET, NBC
Stadium: Lincoln Financial Field
Weather: High 69, Low 52
Line: Philadelphia (-3)
With just two games remaining in the regular season, the Chicago Bears need to win out in order to preserve a spot in the postseason as the winners of the NFC North. Jay Cutler is now back as the team’s starting quarterback as backup QB Josh McCown filled in more than adequately, putting the Bears in first place. Cutler has passed for 2,1713 yards and 16 touchdowns on the year while Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall have been the top receivers on the team for both quarterbacks. Jeffery has caught 80 passes for 1,265 yards and seven scores while Marshall has caught 90 passes for 1,185 yards and 10 scores. Matt Forte leads the rushing attack with 1,200 yards and seven touchdowns.
On the other side of the field, the Philadelphia Eagles are also fighting for one of the final playoff spots by contending for a division title. Sitting in first place in the division by one game, the Eagles will need to rely heavily upon the sudden superstar QB Nick Foles to get them through the final two games and ensure they will be in the postseason as serious contenders. Foles has passed for 2,398 yards and 23 touchdowns while throwing next to no interceptions. DeSean Jackson leads the team in receiving with 75 catches for 1,275 yards and nine touchdowns on 17 yards per carry. LeSean McCoy is having a career year in rushing, carrying the ball 269 times for 1,343 yards and seven scores.
Defensively, the Eagles have improved as the season has progressed. Philadelphia ranks 17th in points allowed and 16th in rushing yards allowed, but the 30th and 31st rankings in total yards and passing yards allowed, respectively, doesn’t do them any justice. Chicago has struggled since the beginning of the year on defense. The Bears rank 28th in points allowed, 27th in total yards allowed and dead-last in rushing yards allowed per game while improving all year in pass defense, ranking 11th.
PREDICTION: Bears 24, Eagles 34
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