The much-needed bye came and went. After a successful trip to the UK, the Bears will be ready to roll against the Eagles.
At this point in the season, the Bears would be the sixth playoff seed despite playing their best football.
Against the Eagles, the Bears will be at full strength for the first time in a month and there is reason to be optimistic.
First round draft pick, right tackle Gabe Carimi, and Jay Cutler's most trusted target, Earl Bennett, will be active. While Bennett will see the field, the Bears will not rush Carimi back onto the field because they don't need to.
Frank Omiyale replaced Carimi but struggled and was benched. Lance Louis, replaced Omiyale, and has been playing well. Louis started the season at right guard but was injured early in the season.
Chris Spencer, former Seahawks center, filled in for Louis but broke his hand and did not play for a couple weeks. When Louis was moved to right tackle, Spencer was moved back to right guard.
The Louis-Spencer combination on the right side of the line is paying dividends for the Bears so there should be no rush in inserting Carimi into the starting lineup. The Bears have rushed the ball with authority and pass protection is noticeably improved.
The Eagles defense is 6th in the league in sacks so this will be the offensive line's stiffest test yet. A healthy Carimi will add depth to the offensive line but inserting him back to the starting lineup can ruin the progress and the chemistry developed by the unit.