Fight firepower with firepower
There will be points. Duh. But as potent as the Eagles’ ground game is against what’s been a flaccid Bears run D and the balance they get from Nick Foles and DeSean Jackson, the Bears’ offensive balance is deeper. The way the ground game’s been producing recently — especially all season against 3-4 defenses — Matt Forte’s numbers could compete with LeSean McCoy’s by the time the night’s over. Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery, Martellus Bennett and the re-emerging Earl Bennett give Jay Cutler plenty of toys to play with. Keep an eye out for Zach Ertz, Philly’s rookie tight end.
Don't give 'em any more points than what they're gonna get
In the wake of the Aaron Rodgers injury that Monday night in Green Bay, this is the best team the Bears will face on the road this season, outside of the early season model Lions in Detroit. These Birds started the season 0-4 at home but have won their last three. But Jay Cutler has to pick up where he left off last week, not repeat his start from last week. Philadelphia has 26 takeaways (tied for sixth in the NFL) and has at least one in their last 10 games. So while they might be giving up over 400 yards a game, they’ve been stopping some possessions with that ability.
A few key stops
I’m curious to see what Lance Briggs’ return will bring. But in the last two wins against Dallas and Cleveland, the defense without him was still able to force the Cowboys and Browns to punt at key times, when the game was still in the balance. They’ll certainly need to find a way to do that a few times Sunday night. Dallas’s win in Washington means that no matter tonight’s result, the Eagles will have to go into Jerry’s House next week to win the East.
Tune into Comcast SportsNet at 6 p.m. Sunday as Jim Miller and Dan Jiggetts join me for “Bears Pregame Live.” We’ll keep you up-to-date on the Packers and Lions finishes and the implications for the Bears as well as preview Sunday night’s game in Philadelphia, including live reports from Lincoln Financial Field. As soon as the game ends on NBC, switch back to CSN for “Bears Postgame Live, Presented by Nissan,” for 90 minutes of live press conferences, locker room reaction and analysis.