Last week the Philadelphia Eagles clinched the first playoff spot for the 2022 season, and took their record to 12 wins. This week, they’re on the road as they head to Chicago to play the 3-10 Bears.
With every sports book favoring the Eagles, it should not be a particularly close game.
EAGLES VS BEARS
The Philadelphia Eagles are having a monster of a season.
Quarterback Jalen Hurts is now in a two-man competition for NFL MVP and players around the league believe he’s the front runner. Currently, he’s leading all quarterbacks in wins, passer rating, pass touchdowns-interception ratio, and rushing touchdowns.
Hurts and the offense are averaging 29.7 points per game — the highest in the league. And better yet, they have the ability to be strategic in both the passing and rushing game. The 21-day practice window for tight end Dallas Goedert has also been opened, and his return to the game may be sooner rather than later.
The defense is ranked No. 2 in the league, and for the first time in franchise history the Eagles have five players with 6+ sacks. Though the secondary still needs a facelift, the practice window for Avonte Maddox has also been opened, and the Eagles signed former safety Anthony Harris this past week. The return of both players will be an improvement.
The Bears are struggling, and are now on a six-week losing streak. The team is coming off a bye week, but despite the extra rest, it’s likely Chicago won’t be able to take the lead here.
Quarterback Justin Fields has a lack of talent surrounding him, and despite the issues, he’s certainly not the worst.
The defense, however, is a whole other story. The Bears traded Khalil Mack, Robert Quinn, and Roquan Smith this season and their defensive head coach has made very little improvement. Chicago’s downfall is going to be their inability to stop Philadelphia’s run. They are allowing 6.48 yards per play — the most in the league.
WEEK 15 PREDICTIONS
The Chicago Bears have not been victorious over the Philadelphia Eagles since 2011, and I don’t think 2022 is going to be their year either. This should be an incredibly easy win for the Eagles as they advance 13-1 to help secure their spot in the NFC East.
Prediction: Eagles, 34-17
Kickoff is at 1 PM on Sunday, December 18.