Chicago Bears @ Philadelphia Eagles Matchup Preview (11/3/19): Analysis, Depth Charts, Daily Fantasy
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A rematch of the “double doink” game playoff game takes place Sunday. The last time these two teams met was in January for the NFC Wild Card game. Cody Parkey hit to goal post twice on a potential game winning kick that would have sent the Bears to the second round of the playoffs. A lot has changed since then. Both teams have got off to slower starts than expected. The Eagles are 4-4 as they try to gain some momentum heading into the second half of the season. The Bears are 3-4 and, well, are starting to free fall quicker than expected. For Odds movement and full matchup details visit the Chicago Bears vs. Philadelphia Eagles matchup page.
Date: Sunday, November 3, 2019
Time: 1:00 pm ET
Location: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
OL Kyle Long – Hip (IR), DT Akiem Hicks – Elbow (IR), LB Isaiah Irving – Quad (Q)
RB Darren Sproles – Quad (Q), CB Avonte Maddox – Concussion (Q), OLB Nigel Bradham – Ankle (D),
DT Timmy Jernigan – Foot (Q), T Jason Peters – Knee (Q), WR DeSean Jackson – Abdomen (Q)
Chicago Bears Analysis
Chicago is on a three game losing streak that doesn’t seem to have any end in sight. Both Mitchell Trubisky and Matt Nagy are under extreme heat for the offensive performances they have shown the last two weeks. Despite David Montgomery rushing for 135 yards last week, he might not have the same success against the Eagles. Philadelphia ranks 10th in defensive DVOA, and sixth in rush defense, according to football outsiders. Trubisky might not even be able to exploit the Eagles secondary if given the opportunity. Trubisky has only attempted 37 deep ball passes, and completed less than 50 percent of them. Matt Nagy is partially blame for this. His play calling has been very poor this season, and even if his quarterback was better, he might not even scheme to exploit a mediocre Eagles secondary.
The Bears defense had a bounce back performance against the Chargers last week. They held the Los Angeles to 36 yards rushing and held their offense to 36 percent success rate. Chicago’s defense is the only thing that will keep this team float right now. The Eagles offense has been inconsistent this season. Their offense has struggled more when having to go up against better rush defenses. The Bears rank 13th in rush defense with Akiem Hicks being out, so this could be a challenge to hold former Bear Jordan Howard to a minimum. Carson Wentz still hasn’t been great, but has played a lot better in the month of October. Chicago ranks top-10 in pass defense, and Wentz could struggle if he is relied on to pick apart the Bears defense.
Chicago Bears Depth Chart
Philadelphia Eagles Analysis
Philadelphia is back to .500 thanks to their win over the Bills last Sunday. The Eagles have been battling a few injuries this season, which has been part of the reason for their struggles. They are still only a half game back of the Cowboys for first place in the NFC East with eight games to go. Jordan Howard will be looking to have a big game against his former team this Sunday. The Eagles have one of the best interior offensive lines in the NFL. With Bears defensive tackle Akiem Hicks out, they might be able to run it down Chicago’s throats if someone of their D-Line doesn’t step up. The Bears did allow 100+ yards rushing against the Raiders and Saints this season. Not to mention, Philadelphia might get Jason Peters back this week, which will be a huge boost against the Bears front seven.
Despite their weak secondary, the Eagles probably won’t have any struggles stopping the Bears offense. Chicago has only rushed for 100+ twice this season. Last week, was their best performance running the ball, but the Eagles rush defense is much better than the Chargers. Philadelphia’s number one priority should be stopping the run this week. According to Football Outsiders, the Eagles rank 16th in pass defense. Even though they are average, Trubisky won’t be capitalizing on what’s given. Philadelphia needs to force Trubisky to pass because that’s how anyone beats the Bears. Also, if they are able to get any sort of pressure, this will be another long game for the Bears offense.
Philadelphia Eagles Depth Chart
Daily Fantasy: Jordan Howard
Yes, the Jordan Howard revenge game this week. If the Eagles get Jason Peters back, this will be a huge boost to an already good offensive line. Howard was traded out of Chicago for a sixth round pick this past offseason. Right now, Howard is averaging 4.4 yards per carry this season, and going up against a Bears defense that lost Akiem Hicks to IR. Look for Howard to have a big day against his former team. He has something to prove in this one.