Sunday’s Bears-Eagles matchup should clarify one of societies’ oldest questions: what happens when a completely moveable object comes into contact with a totally resistible force? The easily movable object in this case is the Eagles’ weak pass defense, who stopped Luke Falk, but let pretty much every other QB run rampant. The resistible force here is Bears’ QB Mitchell Trubisky, whose 81.4 passer rating ranks 34th, below the likes of Joe Flacco, Marcus Mariota, and Jameis Winston.
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Despite the efforts of the Eagles’ pass defense and Trubisky, both of these teams remain in the playoff hunt. The Eagles are only a half-game behind the Cowboys for the division lead. The Bears’ path is a little more fraught, as they are 2.5 games back in the Wild Card race and 3.5 back in the NFC North, and they have one of the harder remaining schedules in the league. That said, with so many games remaining against NFC playoff competitors, it’s too soon to count them out. A Week 9 loss, however, would be a crushing blow.
Importantly, the Bears’ usually-intimidating defense has faltered some recently. Two RBs ran for over 100 yards and two TDs against them in the last three games. That said, in the third game, they held the Chargers to just 36 rushing yards.
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Bears at Eagles
Point Spread: Bears +4.5
Total Points: 42
Money Line: Eagles -215; Bears +188
Overall: Bears 3-4; Eagles 4-4
ATS: Bears 2-5; Eagles 3-5
O/U: Bears 3-4; Eagles 5-3
Notable Prop Bets
Bears to score under 1.5 TDs +145; Total touchdowns (both teams combined) under 4.5 -125
First team to score 20 points -137; Parlay Eagles money line and under +175
- The Eagles have won each of their last four games against the Bears.
- The underdogs have covered the spread in 10 of the Eagles’ last 13 games at Lincoln Financial Field.
- Fourteen of the Bears’ last 17 games against NFC East opponents have gone over the total points line.
- Alshon Jeffrey has scored at least one touchdown in each of his last four regular season appearances in day games against NFC opponents.
- Zach Ertz has scored at least one touchdown in each of the Eagles’ last three November games at Lincoln Financial Field.
- Tarik Cohen has scored a touchdown in six of the Bears’ last nine regular season day games against NFC opponents.
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