Bears’ rushing offense vs. Eagles’ rushing defense
Even though the Eagles are 16th in the league against the run, they allow only 3.8 yards a carry. They have an impressive group of linebackers: Connor Barwin, Mychal Kendricks and DeMeco Ryans, but Matt Forte hasn’t been stopped very often in the past five games. He has ran for more than 100 yards in his past three, averaging more than 5.0 yards a carry in each game.
Bears’ passing offense vs. Eagles’ passing defense
This is not too dissimilar from the matchup when the Eagles run the ball. Jay Cutler shook off the rust last week to pick apart a pretty good Browns pass defense. Philly’s pass defense gave up 370 passing yards to Matt Cassel last week and allows 291.6 a game, second-worst in the league. They have injuries in the secondary, and even at full health, couldn’t compete with the Marshall-Jeffery combo.
Eagles’ rushing offense vs. Bears’ rushing defense
Well, it’s the league’s leading rusher and best running game against the worst run defense in the NFL, and Bears history. Lance Briggs’ return should help, but unless Henry Melton, D.J. Williams and maybe the 2001 versions of Ted Washington and Keith Traylor are playing, the Bears won’t stop LeSean McCoy from having a big game. The key will be getting opportune stops, like they did the past two weeks.
Eagles’ passing offense vs. Bears’ passing defense
As everyone expected, Nick Foles is the highest-rated quarterback in the league. OK, no one saw that coming, but he has thrown 23 touchdowns to two interceptions this season. Chicago defended the pass well against Cleveland and Dallas, but will need a pass rush to rattle the Eagles’ passing game, and try to slow Foles and DeSean Jackson down while selling out to stop McCoy – not an easy task.
This may be one of those games where whoever has the ball last wins. The Eagles have done a good job creating turnovers, but the Bears are better at scoring in the red zone. Philadelphia has home-field, but the Bears are hitting their stride, and as healthy as they’ve been since October. This is more of a gut pick, but I actually like a veteran Cutler vs. a second-year Foles under the national spotlight.
Fishbain’s pick: Bears 41, Eagles 37