Eagles-Bears NFL Week 9 predictions 2019


The Eagles (4-4) host the Bears (3-4) on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field. 

To the predictions: 

Reuben Frank (3-5) 
Everything is in place for the Eagles to handle the Bears and get to 5-4 going into the bye. Which considering everything wouldn’t be the worst place in the world.

They’re finally back home. They’re facing a team that’s lost three straight games, a team that’s scored just 11 offensive touchdowns in seven games — three in three games against winning teams — and has some serious quarterback issues.

The Bears do have the No. 7 defense in the league, but they also have the No. 30 offense and it’s not going to take a ton of points to win this one. I feel like with the people the Eagles are getting back and being back at the Linc and building on Sunday in Buffalo, the Eagles take care of business Sunday and go into the bye with a win.

Eagles 23, Bears 13 

Dave Zangaro (3-5)
The Eagles showed me something last week, going on the road and taking down the Bills in less-than-ideal conditions. I still don’t really know how good they are, but I think they’re better than the team that will be visiting from Chicago.

For as much as we’ve talked about the kicker in Chicago after the Double-Doink, their real problem is at quarterback. The Bears could have had Patrick Mahomes or Deshaun Watson. Instead, they ended up with Mitchell Trubisky and in his third season, that seems like a mistake.

The Bears’ defense is still good, but the takeaways haven’t been there and I just can’t see Trubisky leading the Bears into the Linc and taking a win. 

Eagles 24, Bears 17

Derrick Gunn (2-6) 
As mediocre as the Eagles’ season has been, at least they’re not the Bears. Chicago, which lost only four regular-season games in 2018 and won the NFC North, has already lost that many in seven outings and is bringing up the rear in that division.

The Bears' defensive stats this season, for the most part, are very similar to the impressive numbers they put up a year ago. But the offense has been a major problem. 

It appears the fan base is growing frustrated with head coach Matt Nagy and Trubisky. Some in Chi-town are even starting to wonder out loud if Chase Daniel could give them a better chance of winning games. Their current three-game losing streak only adds to the frustration.

The Birds have limped through injuries, but help may be on the way. DeSean Jackson finally practiced this week (limited participation) and so did Tim Jernigan and Darren Sproles. Avonte Maddox was a full participant for the first time since injuring his neck and suffering a concussion in Green Bay.

The Birds were impressive running the ball against a good Buffalo defense and will try to impose their will again on a stout Bears defensive front.

The defense has to get pressure on whoever steps under center for Chicago. Keep your fingers crossed that some of the Birds' key walking wounded are in uniform on Sunday. The Eagles already have four conference losses and can't afford another right now, especially heading into their bye week.

The home team won’t need the help of a Double-Doink this time.  

Eagles 24, Bears 16 

Ray Didinger (3-5) 
The Bears remind me of the Bills: A team with a good defense and a young quarterback who is still trying to find his way. If anything, Trubisky looks more confused than Josh Allen. The fans in Chicago are calling for Daniel which should tell you all you need to know. Offensively, they rank with the Jets, the Dolphins, the Redskins, the worst of the worst.

Defensively, the Bears do a good job keeping their opponents out of the end zone and Khalil Mack is a pass rushing force that must be accounted for. Lane Johnson did a good job on him in the playoffs last season but I'm sure the Bears will flip Mack over to the other side to test rookie Andre Dillard, who played well in a starting role last week.

I'm sure Jordan Howard is motivated to have a big game against his former team. If I were Doug Pederson, I'd feed him the ball early and often this week.

Eagles 23, Bears 14

Andrew Kulp (5-3) 
I don't think we know what the Eagles are yet — they're getting healthy, and the schedule eases up significantly in a few weeks — but it seems pretty clear the Bears are a mess again. Trubisky has either not taken a step forward or regressed, Nagy's coaching decisions are only compounding the issues with the offense, and the defense is good but not save-the-season good this time.

Sure, it's a revenge game, so one would expect the Bears to at least play with some intensity. I'm not sure the confidence is there though, and even if the team shows up, it still needs to find a way to score 20 with Trubisky at the helm. I just don't see that happening at the Linc this week.

Eagles 27, Bears 17

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