BEARS vs. EAGLES: NFC Wild-Card Game #2 Pre-Gamin' – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

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BEARS vs. EAGLES: NFC Wild-Card Game #2 Pre-Gamin’ – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

Pre-Gamin'

Doug Pederson and the Philadelphia Eagles created a winning blueprint. And not only will Matt Nagy and the Chicago Bears get a chance to follow the path set forth by Philly, they can take the first step on it by knocking off Pederson and the Eagles in the final game of Wild-Card Weekend.

“We keep following this path here,” Nagy said, via NBC Sports Chicago’s JJ Stankevitz. “So I told (Pederson) at the owners meetings this past offseason that he got that Super Bowl. I’m trying to follow his lead here. He probably doesn’t want to hear that right now. But I’m trying to stick on that path.”

Nagy is simply following a path to success that many other Andy Reid assistants have taken, with Pederson being the most successful. Nagy followed the Pederson blueprint by coaching quarterbacks under Pederson and Reid, moving into a role as offensive coordinator after Pederson left, and ultimately calling his own shots and running his own show in Chicago.

I suppose there is an old adage about the road less traveled, but it doesn’t apply here. And if you’re a Bears fan who has wanted the franchise to follow a winning formula that other teams have used, then rejoice because it’s finally happened. Sometimes, it’s OK to keep on a worn out path, so long as it’s paved with the bricks of success.

Game Info

No. 3 seed Chicago Bears (12-4, NFC North champions) vs. No. 6 seed Philadelphia Eagles (9-7, 2nd NFC East – 3:40 p.m. CT, NBC (Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michelle Tafoya), WBBM-AM 780 and WCFS-FM 105.9 (Jeff Joniak, Tom Thayer, Mark Grote), Westwood Radio (Kevin Harlan, James Lofton, Laura Okmin)

Odds: Bears (-6), Over/Under 41.5, via the Westgate Superbook in Las Vegas.

Game Thread and Preview

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Coaches

Matt Nagy (12-4) vs. Doug Pederson (29-19)

Starting Quarterbacks

Bears: Mitch Trubisky: 3,223 yards, 24 TD, 12 INT, 66.6 completion pct., 95.4 rating

Last week at Vikings: 18-26, 163 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT, 85.9 rating

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Eagles: Nick Foles: 1,413 yards, 7 TD, 4 INT, 72.3 completion pct., 96.0 rating

Last game at Washington: 28-33, 221 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT, 102.1 rating

Bears Inactives:

Bears Expected Offensive Starters

  • QB Mitch Trubisky
  • RB Jordan Howard
  • RB Tarik Cohen
  • WR Allen Robinson II
  • WR Taylor Gabriel
  • TE Adam Shaheen (in for Trey Burton, who is out)
  • LT Charles Leno Jr.
  • LG James Daniels
  • C Cody Whitehair
  • RG Kyle Long
  • RT Bobby Massie

Bears Expected Defensive Starters

  • DT Akiem Hicks
  • NT Eddie Goldman
  • DE Bilal Nichols
  • OLB Khalil Mack
  • ILB Danny Trevathan
  • ILB Roquan Smith
  • OLB Leonard Floyd
  • CB Kyle Fuller
  • CB Prince Amukamara
  • FS Eddie Jackson
  • SS Adrian Amos

Bears Specialists

  • Cody Parkey (kicker), Pat O’Donnell (punter, holder), Patrick Scales (long snapper), Anthony Miller (kick returner), Tarik Cohen (punt returner)

Eagles Inactives:

Eagles Offense Expected Starters:

  • QB Nick Foles
  • RB Wendell Smallwood
  • WR Golden Tate
  • WR Nelson Agholor
  • WR Alshon Jeffery
  • TE Zach Ertz
  • LT Jason Peters
  • LG Isaac Seumalo
  • C Jason Kelce
  • RG Brandon Brooks
  • RT Lane Johnson

Eagles Defense Expected Starters:

  • DE Brandon Graham
  • DE Michael Bennett
  • DT Timmy Jernigan
  • DT Fletcher Cox
  • OLB Nigel Bradham
  • MLB Jordan Hicks
  • CB Cre’von LeBlanc
  • CB Avonte Maddox
  • CB Rasul Douglas
  • S Malcolm Jenkins
  • S Corey Graham

Eagles Specialists:

  • Jake Elliott (kicker), Cameron Johnston (punter, holder), Rick Lovato (long snapper) Darren Sproles (kick, punt returns)

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Luis Medina

Luis is the Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation Bears, and you can find him on Twitter at @lcm1986.