Eagles vs Bears : The Chicago Bears (12-4) and Philadelphia Eagles (9-7) will meet in the final game of the opening round of the 2019 NFL Playoffs. It’s the defending Super Bowl champion against arguably the hottest team in the NFL
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right now, as the Bears have won nine of their last 10 games. Kickoff from Soldier Field is set for Sunday at 4:40 p.m. ET. The Bears, who are appearing in the playoffs for the first time since 2010, are listed as a 6.5-point favorite in the latest Eagles vs. Bears odds, making them by far the biggest favorite of Wild Card Weekend. The total sits at 41.5, meaning oddsmakers are expecting a defensive clash and that can make things tough from a handicapping perspective. Before making any Eagles vs. Bears picks and NFC wild-card predictions, be sure to check out the picks and predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.
The advanced computer model simulates every NFL game 10,000 times, and those who have followed it have seen massive returns. SportsLine’s proprietary computer model went 176-80 last season and beat over 95 percent of CBS Office Pool players in 2016 and ’17. It also performed better than 98 percent of experts tracked by NFLPickWatch.com during that span. Additionally, it went 48-34 on A-rated picks against the spread last season, and $100 bettors who followed it the past two seasons are up nearly $4,000.
The model has continued to nail its top-rated picks in 2018, entering the wild-card round on a blistering 16-6 run. For the season, it is now 30-15 on all top-rated picks, extending its two-year run to a strong 78-49. Anyone who has followed it is way up.
Now the model has dialed in on Eagles vs. Bears (stream live on fuboTV). We can tell you it’s leaning over, but it has also generated a strong point-spread pick that’s hitting nearly 60 percent of the time. You can only see that over at SportsLine.
The model knows that if the Eagles are banking on a return trip to the Super Bowl, they’re going to need to ride the strong arm — and sore ribs — of backup quarterback Nick Foles for a second straight postseason. Since Carson Wentz’s back injury put the kibosh on his 2018 campaign, Foles led Philly to victory at the Rams and home against the Texans before a thoroughly dominating Week 17 performance against the Redskins to push the Eagles into the playoffs. He’s completing 72 percent of his passes in relief.
But just because Foles has shined the past month doesn’t mean Philly will stay within the Bears vs. Eagles spread Sunday.The Bears have a gigantic home-field advantage in this one, having covered in 16 of their last 21 games at Soldier Field. And you can expect a raucous crowd in Chicago Sunday afternoon as the No. 1 defense in the NFL by a number of metrics looks to clear a major hurdle with the defending Super Bowl champions in town.
Chicago has the No. 1 scoring defense, the No. 1 rushing defense, and the Bears also force the most takeaways in the NFL. That starts with the ability to generate pressure with their front four, and while everybody knows about Khalil Mack’s 12.5 sacks and six forced fumbles, Akiem Hicks is an equally important part of their success. From an interior position, Hicks finished the regular season with 7.5 sacks, 16 quarterback hits and 51 pressures while also being an integral part of Chicago’s aforementioned run defense.
The Bears only send an extra rusher on 21 percent of defensive snaps because of their ability to generate pressure on 36.9 percent of drop backs when rushing four, which is well above the league average. Given that Nick Foles boasts the best completion percentage (81.1) and passer rating (132.2) in the NFL against the blitz, rushing only four could wind up being the key for Chicago covering the spread.