As we all get ready for this weeks Bears Vs. Eagles playoff game. Let us keep in mind, the last time the Bears won a game of this magnitude between these two teams was over 30 years ago. Which will forever be known as the Fog Bowl.
Coach Ditka was still at the helm of the Mighty Chicago Bears. While Randle Cunningham was one of the leagues top quarter backs leading his Eagles to take on the Monsters of the Midway for 1988 NFC Divisional Playoff Game. The wind was blowing, swirling, and swallowing in all directions with the dense fog rolling over Solders Field in the 2nd Quarter. Making visibility nearly an impossible feat to throw the ball further than 10 yards throughout the game. Hence everyone who witness the game was wondering “What the Fog was Going On”. The Bears did pull out a victory with a 20-12 win over the Eagles. Since this game. The Bears are still looking to win another Super Bowl since their last in 85. While the Eagles finally are called Super Bowl Champions, with a win last year.
Now lets fast forward Thirty years later, as the Eagles and Bears prepare for another playoff meeting on Sunday. What do the Bears have to do to beat the defending world champs? With Coach Nagy wanting to push the envelope with his chess minded offense. Will his offense be up for the task? The big issue that comes to mind will be with his wide receiver core and inconsistent play from QB Mitch Trubisky. Wide outs Allen Robinson (ribs), Anthony Miller (shoulder) and Taylor Gabriel (ribs), have all been full participants this week at practice and all will play on Sunday. Let’s hope their injury’s won’t be a factor during the game. Mitch Trubisky has to find a way to limit his turnovers and not hurt the Bears offense with missed plays on the field. On the Defensive side of the ball. Vic Fangio has been on point all year. With his relentless style of play. His defense has earned the Chicago Bears the No. 1 scoring defense, the No. 1 rushing defense, and the Bears also force the most takeaways in the NFL. Khalil Mack’s 12.5 sacks and six forced fumbles, and Akiem Hicks 7.5 sacks. I don’t see him letting off the peddle anytime soon. The front four will have to bring forth a lot of pressure to keep the Eagles quarterback given that Nick Foles had the best passing rating 132.2 on his toes. This will be a relentless fight to the end. Eddie Jackson’s ankle has been an issue, he’s listed as questionable. My guess is we will see him on the field this Sunday.
Philadelphia Eagles are coming into this weekends playoff game with after a 9-7 record. No matter what, the Bears can’t take them lightly. The eagles have been here before and are the defending Super Bowl Champs. I see the Bears covering the -6.5 spread with a 21-10 victory with the defense being the difference maker in this contest.