Philadelphia Eagles: Three Keys Against the Chicago Bears
The Philadelphia Eagles travel to Chicago for a Sunday afternoon playoff game against the Chicago Bears. After needing a win and a Bears win over the Minnesota Vikings in Week 17, Philadelphia turned their 4-6 record into an improbable wild-card spot to make the 2019 NFL playoffs.
Nick Foles showed his magic from the 2018 NFL playoffs and now the Eagles face a formidable opponent on the road. With the short notice, the Eagles fans most likely won’t be as loud as the team’s fans against the Washington Redskins on the road. The Chicago Bears won the NFC North with Mitchell Trubisky leading the offense while Kahlil Mack’s acquisition has boosted the defensive unit.
Philadelphia has a tough task ahead of them if it is able to successfully advance to the second round of the playoffs. Check out three keys to the Philadelphia Eagles defeating the Chicago Bears on Sunday.
Unlike the Chicago Bears, most of the Philadelphia Eagles have been in the playoffs. They won last year’s Super Bowl with Nick Foles under center and most of this year’s squad on the team. In addition to experience, the Eagles need to ride on their momentum from the end of the season.
Philadelphia earned some big wins against two playoff teams, the LA Chargers and the Houston Texans, to clinch an improbable spot in the playoffs. Experience is key and those who are playing in their first playoff game need to feed off of their teammates’ experience from last year.
It’s obvious but Nick Foles needs to have a solid game on Sunday in Chicago. If the offense struggles, then more pressure will be put on the defensive unit. In Week 17 against Washington, the Eagles defense earned the team’s first shutout of the season. One reason they were able to do that was that the team’s offense succeeded behind Nick Foles.
Yes, the Bears are a better team than Washington. However, Foles has arguably the best receiving core in the NFL between his receivers and tight ends and the like of Darren Sproles in the backfield. Sproles doesn’t have the best numbers by a running back, but he’s the team’s Swiss Army knife and can strike on the ground or through the air. Because of this the Eagles other passing threats can’t be double teamed as much.
Foles has plenty of weapons to succeed offensively, but he needs time to find the open man.
With Foles playing with rib soreness it is extra imperative the Eagles offensive line protect the quarterback. It won’t be the easiest job with Khalil Mack coming for Foles often. The Bears outside linebacker has 12.5 sacks, six forced fumbles, and one interception in the 2018 regular season. It’s imperative the Eagles stop Mack and company or it will be a long game for the Eagles and their fans.
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