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Game Preview | Eagles vs. Bears

Josh Sweat
Josh Sweat

The Philadelphia Eagles (12-1) are coming off a playoff berth-clinching win against the New York Giants. They will travel to Soldier Field to take on the Chicago Bears (3-10), who are coming off a bye week. The Bears' last game was a 28-19 loss to division rival Green Bay – giving them no chance to make a playoff run. The Eagles will look to remain on a winning streak before heading to Dallas for a pivotal matchup on Christmas Eve against the Cowboys.

Series Record: The Eagles have a record of 16-30-1 against the Chicago Bears. The Eagles are 6-8 at Soldier Field.

Opponent Scouting Report

Offense

QB: Justin Fields has been a revelation for the Bears at quarterback since Week 9 against the Dolphins. Although only having 1,896 yards for 13 touchdowns and 10 interceptions, Fields has been remarkable considering the lack of weapons he has in his offensive arsenal due to injury.

Fields has become a threat with his legs, with 905 yards on 128 attempts in 12 games. His 178 yards against the Dolphins in a 35-32 loss was the coming out party – and he has not looked back since. Chicago has been more and more reliant on the legs of Justin Fields as the season progresses.

WR: After losing Allen Robinson this offseason, the Bears counted on Darnell Mooney to take over his No. 1 role. However, due to a season-ending foot injury, he has been unable to take this spot.

At the trade deadline, the Bears improved the group by trading for Chase Claypool, but the former Steeler is out due to a knee injury.

RB: Coming into the season, Khalil Herbert was slated to be a team rushing leader, but due to injury, David Montgomery and Fields, have stepped up in the run game.

TE: Cole Kmet has taken hold of the TE throne from Jimmy Graham after the 2021 season. In 2022, Kmet has 408 yards receiving on 35 receptions. His five touchdowns lead the team, and he is the biggest receiving threat for Justin Fields, and the Chicago Bears this season.

Defense

D-Line: The Defensive line is anchored by Armon Watts on the right end and 2020 fifth-round draft selection Trevis Gipson on the left. Gipson, with two, leads the line in sacks this season. As a team, the Bears have a total of 16 sacks from the defense in 2022.

LB: The linebacking group is thin for the Bears with starters Nicholas Morrow and Jack Sanborn being the main contributors in the three-man unit. The SAM position is particularly shallow with Matt Adams being the only healthy member of the unit who plays this position.

Secondary: The secondary has been another of the many units affected by injury for the Chicago Bears. Along with Herbert and Mooney, the most important injured player is free safety Eddie Jackson, who will miss the rest of the season with a foot injury. The rest of the secondary also comes in a bit banged up. These issues include concussions to both rookies in cornerback Kyler Gordon and safety Jaquan Brisker.

Key stats

1998 – In Weeks 13 and 14, against the Titans and Giants, the Eagles' defense has at least six sacks in two straight games for the first time since 1998.

25 – With his 144 yards on 17 carries against the Giants, Miles Sanders became the first Eagles running back since No. 25 LeSean "Shady" McCoy in 2014 to rush for 1,000 yards in a season.

1 – The Philadelphia Eagles rank No.1 in the NFL in four important categories – takeaways, fewest number of giveaways, and first in turnover margin. The Eagles also lead the NFL in sacks with 49 after having seven on Sunday.

10 – Haason Reddick is the first player in NFL history with 10+ sacks in three straight seasons for three different teams.

Marquee Matchup | LT Braxton Jones vs. EDGE Haason Reddick

The Chicago Bears will need to run the ball in this game to find success. If Haason Reddick can get past rookie Braxton Jones, the Bears backfield will find it difficult to gain the yards and make it tougher for Fields to get comfortable in the pass game.

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