Eagles v Bears Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 06/01/19
Ben Rolfe (@benrolfe15) previews Philadelphia Eagles @ Chicago Bears and provides us with his best bets for Sunday’s crunch NFC Wildcard weekend clash by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.
Philadelphia Eagles @ Chicago Bears Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 06/01/19
- Time: 21:40
- Venue: Soldier Field, Chicago
- Channel: Sky Sports Action
This is going to be a fascinating game. The Eagles are one of the hottest teams in football and the Bears are one of the success stories of the season. Both teams have issues with certain elements and both have strong defensive lines.
The Bears defence has been the team’s biggest plus point this season, ranking first in rush defence and top-10 in passing defence. Their offence has had trouble passing the ball, but they rank right around the top-10 in rushing offence. For a team which has such a dominant defence, they just need one part of their offence to really click and that is what they have done this season.
The Eagles have had a weird season, but they are rolling into these playoffs in form. Their defensive backfield situation is a mess, but their defensive line is rendering it a kind of moot point. The Eagles have got back to what made them successful last season on defence, and there is a chance it could carry them deep again. Another interesting wrinkle is that once again Nick Foles will lead the team in the playoffs. Foles has brought this offence to life over the last few weeks and now he faces his toughest test of all.
All three of the Bears receivers with injuries are likely to suit up this week, which will be important in this game. The biggest question mark surrounds Eddie Jackson, who suffered an ankle injury a few weeks back. Jackson has been a major weapon on this defence and his presence could be very important.
There are lots of question marks for the Eagles. Most importantly it appears Nick Foles will play. Michael Bennett is also likely to play, and defensive line depth will be key. There are still question marks over Fletcher Cox and his presence is huge in potentially stopping the run game. The availability of Jason Kelce and Jason Peters is also reportedly uncertain, and both are huge in terms of stopping the Bears defensive line.
Head To Head
- The Bears lead the all-time series 29-12-1.
- The Eales have won all of the last three meetings between the two teams, including the last game against the Bears in Soldier Field.
Key Stats & Facts
- Over the last six games of the season the Eagles ranked fifth in passing yards per game, second in completion percentage and fourth in yards per attempt.
- Nick Foles has an 8-1 record as the Eagles starter when taking over the team in December. Foles in the first quarterback to ever start a playoff game in back-to-back seasons, having started five or less regular season games.
- Trubisky has the most improved passer rating among qualified starting quarterbacks. He also averaged 6.2 yards per carry, the third most among players with 50-plus carries.
- Philadelphia Eagles 5/2
- Chicago Bears 39/100
I do not think there is a lot to bet on here. I expect this game to be reasonably close and therefore I am going to go with the Eagles +6.5. If the Bears get a lead early, then this might end up looking stupid. However, I think the Eagles offence can score enough points to keep this game close.
If you are looking for outside anytime touchdown bets, then Dallas Goedert at 8/1 is intriguing. Ertz is sure to draw a lot of coverage from the Bears defence and that could leave Goedert in space to make plays for this team and potentially find the end zone.