So we're past Week 17 of the NFL season and for once, we aren't worried about draft positioning or pending free agents. It's actually game week! Khalil Mack, Mitchell Trubisky and the Chicago Bears are hosting the Philadelphia Eagles at Soldier Field this Sunday afternoon as the defending champs roll into town. The Eagles, in large part, are in the playoffs due to the Bears knocking out the Minnesota Vikings in the season finale in Minneapolis.
It's too early for predictions, but let's take a look at some numbers the Philadelphia Eagles bring into this matchup.
- Since losing 48-7 to the New Orleans Saints, the Eagles finished the season winning 5 of 6 to close the regular season with a 9-7 record
- Common opponents: Minnesota Vikings -Eagles lost 21-23 at home October 7, New York Giants - Eagles went 2-0, winning 34-13 on October 11 and 25-22 on November 25, Los Angeles Rams - Eagles won 30-23 in LA December 16
- Eagles offense averaged 365.3 yards per game in 2018, good for 14th in the NFL. Eagles defense allowed 366.1 yards per game, placing them 23rd in the NFL
- Philadelphia went 4-2 against the NFC East
- Eagles were a -6 in turnovers, giving away 23 with 17 takeaways
- Eagles have won three in a row against the Chicago Bears, most recently in 2017 in Philadelphia 31-3.
- The Bears own the series record over the Eagles 30-14-1
- The last time the Bears beat the Eagles, Jay Cutler threw for 2 touchdowns and Matt Forte rushed for 133 yards in 2011 as the Bears won 30-24
- Philadelphia's offense scored 367 points this season, good for 18th in the NFL. Their defense allowed 348 points, good for 12th in the league
- Nick Foles is once again starting for Philadelphia, stepping in for Carson Wentz. In 5 starts this season, Foles went 4-1 and threw for 7 touchdowns vs. 4 interceptions and 1413 yards. Foles also completed 72.3 percent of his passes
- Josh Adams is the Eagles leading rusher, rushing for 511 yards on 120 carries and 3 touchdowns
- Zach Ertz caught 116 passes for 1163 yards and 8 touchdowns. Ertz' 116 catches was an NFL record for Tight Ends in a season
- Fletcher Cox led Philadelphia with 10.5 sacks, Michael Bennett was 2nd with 9 sacks
- Philadelphia converted 41 percent of their 3rd down conversions, 12th in the league. Opponents only converted on 35.3 percent of their attempts, 6th in the NFL
- The Eagles defense was the NFL's stingiest Red Zone defense in 2018. Opponents only scored touchdowns on 44.6 percent of their drives into the Red Zone
The Eagles are obviously one of the NFL's hottest teams heading into the playoffs, winning 4 of their last 5 games. The Bears have won 9 of 10 however and will be hosting Sunday's matchup.
I'll have more on this matchup this week.