Chicago Bears @ Philadelphia Eagles Matchup Preview 11/3/19: Analysis, Depth Charts, Daily Fantasy
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The Bears are heading to Philadelphia on to take on the Eagles this Sunday. The Bears have lost three games in a row, and their quarterback, Mitch Trubisky, has been under heavy scrutiny. In week 8 against the Chargers, he threw for 23/35 for 253 yards, no touchdowns, and an interception. Against the Saints, he threw the ball 54 times, and only got 251 yards off of the 34 completions. Their defense, however, is still in the top 10 for fewest yards allowed per game, and has been carrying their team throughout most of the season. The Eagles, meanwhile, are coming off of a convincing win against Buffalo, and will be looking to carry that momentum into this week. While Carson Wentz didn’t put up the greatest numbers, they were able to make it happen on the ground with over 200 rushing yards. It’s looking to be a close game, but I’m picking the Eagles over the Bears for their stronger offense. Click here for more details and betting information on the Bears @ Eagles matchup
Date: Sunday, November 11th, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM PST
Location: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA
Bears: Isaiah Irving (Q), Kyle Long (O), Akiem Hicks (O)
Eagles: Darren Sproles (Q), Avonte Maddox (Q), Nigel Bradham (D), Timmy Jernigan (Q), Jason Peters (Q), DeSean Jackson (Q), Miles Sanders (Q), Hassan ridgeway (O)
Chicago Bears Analysis
The Bears offense has been under a lot of scrutiny over the last couple of weeks. In week 7 against the Saints, they ran (excluding special teams) 61 plays. Out of those 61 plays, they ran the ball only 7 times. This is pretty unacceptable in the NFL, especially considering Tarik Cohen and David Montgomery are good backs. On his 54 attempts, Trubisky completed 34 for 251 yards and 2 touchdowns. That’s only 7.4 yards per average. These short passes have been a theme for the Bears this season. The Bears are 30th in the league for yards per passing play, with an average of only 6.0. Trubisky hasn’t been very accurate throwing deep passes, which has been a problem for the offense, and the reason he’s been sticking to these short dinky passes. Against the Chargers in week 8, they must have decided to make it up to their running core. Out of 73 plays, 38 were runs (including 4 runs by Trubisky), going from just over 11% in week 7 to around 52% in week 8. And it paid off for them, Montgomery getting 135 yards and a touchdown off of his 27 carries. Running the ball is going to be key for this offense to get points against the Eagles on Sunday.
The Bears defense has been more or less the reason for their three victories this year. They allowed 14, 15, and 6 points in weeks 2-4. Unfortunately, Akiem Hicks suffered an injury in week 5 against the Raiders, and the defense hasn’t been as good without his presence, allowing 24, 36, and 17 points in weeks 5-8 (the Bears had a bye during week 7). Khalil Mack has still been an incredible player, and is going to be incredibly important in stopping the Eagles run game. However, I’m predicting that the Eagles will win this one, as I don’t think the Bears offense will be able to carry their side of the matchup.
Chicago Bears Depth Chart
QB: Mitchell Trubisky
RB1: David Montgomery
RB2: Tarik Cohen
WR1: Allen Robinson
WR2: Taylor Gabriel
WR3: Anthony Miller
TE: Trey Burton
Philadelphia Eagles Analysis
The Eagles have had a pretty middling offense this season. They’re right on the edge of the bottom 10 for average yards per game, coming in at 11th with 343.8. They’re close to the top 10 with average points per game, coming in at 14th with 25.2. Their passing game suffered against the Bills, Wentz completing 17 of 24 passes for 172 yards and a touchdown. However, they still managed to score 31 points, thanks to their run game exploding. Their run game has been pretty strong throughout the past few weeks, but looked especially fantastic this past Sunday. Jordan Howard rushed 23 times for 96 yards and a touchdown, Miles Sanders rushed 3 times for 74 yards and a touchdown, and finally, Boston Scott scored a touchdown. The Bears aren’t going to be easy to rush against, but the Eagles have a lot of weapons on the ground. Wentz has been pretty good this year, with a 62.1 completion percentage and 1,821 yards on through the air, so if the Bears defense is stuffing the run they might be able to get a win through the air instead.
The Eagles defense has been good this year. They’ve been pretty good against the pass, allowing an average of 256.1 yards per game through the air. They’re tied for 5th in the league for most interceptions with 6 on the year, and come in at 14th for sacks with 21. They only allow an average of 90.5 rushing yards per game, the 8th fewest in the league. Their rush defense is going to be very important in this matchup, as the Bears seem to have at least partially figured out their running game, and might decide to lean on that for this game based on Trubisky’s recent stat lines. I’m predicting a defensive game on Sunday, but I think the Eagles are going to take this one, as they’ll be able to outscore the Bears.
Philadelphia Eagles Depth Chart
QB: Carson Wentz
RB1: Miles Sanders
RB2: Jordan Howard
WR1: Alshon Jeffery
WR2: DeSean Jackson
WR3: Nelson Agholor
TE: Zach Ertz
I made a mistake not starting David Montgomery last week, but I don’t think he’s going to put up as good of a performance this week. On average, the Eagles allow a lot fewer yards on the ground than the Chargers do, and I think that’s going to be the case for Sunday as well. I’m expecting a pretty defense-heavy game, so I’m not sure if there are going to be any huge offensive fantasy standouts this week. The Eagles have been a pretty run-reliant team, so starting Jordan Howard or Miles Sanders might not be a bad idea if you’ve got them on your team, or if they’re available for pickup. I don’t think they’ll do better than other players you could pick up in other matchups so depending on who’s available in your league you may want to look elsewhere for a waiver wire running back for Sunday.