A Family Feud Revenge Game: Bears at Eagles – November 3, 2019

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A Family Feud Revenge Game: Bears at Eagles – November 3, 2019

Chicago Bears

Sunday is … a revenge games for Jordan Howard and Alshon Jeffery, a matchup between Doug Pederson and Matt Nagy (to show dad Andy Reid who runs his system best), a bragging rights battle between Chicago’s Italian Beef and Philadelphia’s Cheesesteak for superior sandwich.

But most of all, Sunday’s game between the Bears (3-4) and Eagles (4-4) is, well, Khalil Mack said it best:

Whether by hook or by crook, this is a game the Bears have to win. By any means. Just do it.

Never Tell Me The Odds:

The Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas lists the Bears as 4.5-point underdogs against the Eagles with an over/under set at 41.5. Chicago had been favored in each of its last three outings (all losses) and in six of seven games played this season. The “over” has come in for three of the Bears’ last five games, which could be worth noting.

Series History:

The Bears lead the all-time season series 29-12-1, but are 1-3 in playoff games. Including the one they squared off in back in January.

Game Time, Broadcast Info, Officiating Crew:

Location: Lincoln Financial Field

Broadcast Info: Sunday, November 3 at noon CT on FOX-TV (Dick Stockton, Mark Schlereth, Jennifer Hale), WBBM-AM 780 and WCFS-FM 105.9 (Jeff Joniak, Tom Thayer, Mark Grote), ESPN Radio (Adam Amin, Jack Del Rio, Sal Paolantonio)

Referee: Craig Wrolstad

Expected Starters and Lineups:

Bears Offense Expected Starters:

  • QB Mitch Trubisky
  • RB David Montgomery
  • WR Allen Robinson II
  • WR Taylor Gabriel
  • WR Anthony Miller
  • TE Trey Burton
  • LT Charles Leno Jr.
  • LG Cody Whitehair
  • C James Daniels
  • RG Rashaad Coward
  • RT Bobby Massie

Bears Defense Expected Starters:

  • DT Bilal Nichols
  • NT Eddie Goldman
  • DE Roy Robertson-Harris
  • OLB Khalil Mack
  • ILB Danny Trevathan
  • ILB Roquan Smith
  • OLB Leonard Floyd
  • CB Kyle Fuller
  • CB Prince Amukamara
  • S Eddie Jackson
  • S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

Bears Specialists: 

  • Eddy Piñeiro (kicker), Pat O’Donnell (punter, holder), Patrick Scales (long snapper), Cordarrelle Patterson (kick returner), Tarik Cohen (punt returner)

Eagles Offense Expected Starters:

  • QB Carson Wentz
  • RB Jordan Howard
  • WR Alshon Jeffery
  • WR DeSean Jackson
  • WR Nelson Agholor
  • TE Zach Ertz
  • LT Andre Dillard
  • LG Isaac Seumalo
  • C Jason Kelce
  • RG Brandon Brooks
  • RT Lane Johnson

Eagles Defense Expected Starters:

  • DE Derek Barnett
  • DT Bruce Hector
  • DT Fletcher Cox
  • DE Brandon Graham
  • LB Nathan Gerry
  • LB T.J. Edwards
  • LB Kamu Grugier-Hill
  • CB Ronald Darby
  • CB Jalen Mills
  • S Rodney McLeod
  • S Malcolm Jenkins

Eagles Specialists:

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

Keep An Eye On …

Bears Offense: Anthony Miller is an outside-of-the-box pick, but hear me out. Miller has seen his snap share jump since Week 1, and has played at least 40 snaps in each of the last four weeks. Recently, Miller has seen his snap percentage tick up to north of 60 percent in three of the last four games. The Bears need to establish a ground attack to open up play action passes down the field, where Miller can operate against an Eagles secondary that Pro Football Focus notes has allowed the second-most fantasy points per game to opposing receivers. Fantasy isn’t always reality, but there is some real value in knowing that Philadelphia’s secondary has been vulnerable for most of the year.

Bears Defense: Kyle Fuller has the unenviable task of shutting down DeSean Jackson, who is lined up to make his return to the Eagles lineup. Jackson one of the league’s all-time great deep threats, having led the league in yards per reception four times in his career (most recently in 2018 with the Buccaneers). In a game headlined by Mitch Trubisky’s six touchdown passes, Jackson hauled in five catches for 112 yards as a member of the Bucs. If Fuller doesn’t control him, the Bears are in for some trouble.

Eagles Offense: Jordan Howard is hitting his stride. After getting just 14 carries in his first two games with Philadelphia, Howard has *AVERAGED* 14.3 rushes and 63.5 yards in six games since. That comes out to a modest and respectable 4.4 yards per carry. But if you extrapolate Howard’s stats from the last six games over a full 16-game season, we would be looking at a ball-carrier who gets 229 rushes, 1,016 yards, and 13 rushing touchdowns. Not bad for a guy who was discarded as not being a fit in Chicago last March.

Eagles Defense: Fletcher Cox is PFF’s sixth-highest-graded interior defensive lineman, and with good reason. Cox is menacing against run and also happens to be the analytic giant’s third-highest-graded pass-rushing interior defensive lineman. In other words, Cox will be a load to handle for Bears interior linemen Rashaad Coward, James Daniels, and Cody Whitehair. If the Bears can’t slow down penetration from the interior of the Eagles’ defense, it will be a long day.



Author: Luis Medina

Luis Medina is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at@lcm1986.