The Philadelphia Eagles will have to wait a week for the game they’re really looking forward to. After the Dallas Cowboys squeaked out a victory in Washington in the early game this afternoon, the Eagles will take the field against the Chicago Bears with only the role of spoiler to play. The NFC East division title will be up for grabs a week from today in Dallas when the two teams meet.
Now, Chip Kelly and the Eagles have some decisions to make about just how long the regulars will play and what they’re trying to get out of tonight’s matchup with Chicago. For the Bears, the game has a bit more riding on it. The NFC North is a jam-packed highway, with three teams still in contention for the division title and Chicago currently in the driver’s seat.
Philadelphia will have to toe the line between being competitive and productive, yet avoiding any injuries that would affect the opportunities that lie ahead. Most likely, the defense will play as close to normal as possible, taking advantage of a chance to match up against one of the premier pass offenses in the NFL.
They need to rebuilde some confidence following last week’s disastrous defeat, and playing well against a playoff-caliber offense could do wonders for them heading into next week’s battle against the Cowboys.
The offense, on the other hand, is where the real decisions will need to be made. Leading up to the game against Chicago, there has been plenty of talk about the matchup between the NFL’s leading rusher in LeSean McCoy and the league’s worst run defense, the Bears. McCoy will most likely get limited time now that it has less meaning for the Eagles.
In addition, Nick Foles’ time behind center will have to be monitored to allow him to find a rhythm and comfort level heading into next week’s game, without overdoing it and putting him in danger of losing confidence. Regardless of the outcome, Philadelphia will now prepare for a divisional showdown with the Cowboys to determine who will earn a berth to the playoffs.