Philadelphia Eagles (1-0) vs. Chicago Bears (0-1)
Monday, 8:30 pm EDT at Soldier Field, Chicago
Spread: Bears -3
Rookie quarterback Carson Wentz treated Philadelphia Eagles fans to an excellent debut performance against the Cleveland Browns, last week. Wentz and wideout Jordan Matthews appear to be syncing up nicely, and even the formerly disdained Nelson Agholor looked rejuvenated catching passes from the rookie QB. Last week showed that the Eagles can beat a bad team at home. This week will show if they can do so on the road and in prime time on Monday Night Football. While Bears head coach John Fox has sought to restore Chicago’s recently pitiful defense, there is still work to be done. The Bears dropped their opener on the road against Houston by a score of 14-23. Jay Cutler is still Jay Cutler (1 INT, 2 fumbles – neither lost) so their Eagles fortunes may rest in the hands of their defense in week 2.
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As we await kickoff, here are the predictions from the football minds here at Pattison Avenue and what we’ll be watching throughout the game – please follow and harangue them on twitter dot com:
Carson Wentz looked good! Eagles have a defense! We’re going to the Super Bowl! Okay scratch that third one, but Eagles fans have reasons to be hopeful now this season. Still, Soldier Field has been a house of horrors for the Eagles and teams having their home opener in Week 2 are usually good bets. Wentz throws his first career INT and the Bears win a close one. Bears, 24-20
I’m going to stick with this whole “positivity” thing that I went with last weekend (or maybe it was because I was at a wedding and had to DVR the game), but regardless, I’m taking the Birds, again. The numbers don’t favor the Eagles in this matchup, as Jay Cutler is 7-3 vs. Jim Schwartz, but that stat doesn’t deter me. The Bears front seven will help make Carson Wentz remember that he is a rookie, but the Eagles defense will remind Jay Cutler that he is Jay Cutler. The Eagles find a way a way to win in the Windy City. Eagles, 27-17
This one is going to be a lot tougher than last week. No Zach Ertz, no Leodis McKelvin and Vic Fangio is a huge upgrade over Ray Horton as a defensive coordinator. The Bears don’t offer a whole lot more than the Browns offense did, but their defense will be a more difficult task for Carson Wentz. Still, this is a lousy Bears team that is still rebuilding. If Philadelphia takes care of the football and doesn’t let Alshon Jeffrey beat them by himself, the Eagles should be 2-0. Eagles, 23-16
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Everything I touched on last week came through. The offensive line gave Wentz the time he needed. Wentz threw bullets. To complete 7 of 7 when being blitzed is a nice number for any quarterback, but especially a rookie in his first game. The defense wasn’t too bad in the first game, pretty much ending RGIII’s season. I think everything will hold true once again this weekend for the team on both side of the football, should have a repeat of last week. Eagles, 24-7
Wentz showed chutzpah last week by completing 7 of 7 passes while being blitzed, and leading the Eagles to 411 yards of offense. The defense, for their part, held RGIII and the Browns to 190 passing yards and forced two fumbles in the pocket (though they recovered neither). Wentz will have his rookie moments, but, against Cleveland at least, they were few and inconsequential. I like Wentz and the Eagles offense to replicate what they did last week against an average Bears defense, and I’ll be watching for that talented defensive line to convert more of those “QB pressures” into sacks (three against Cleveland). Eagles, 24-17
I am going to Paint My WentzWagon Green and White and hold my head up high as the Birds walk through the MNF Soldier Field Storm, because I will never walk alone, as I ride on the Carousel run by the Coach Comin’ In Doug Pederson, Carson Wentz, Eagles D, and Special Teams. I look especially for my early season MVP Punter Donnie Jones to keep pinning the Bears deep, and the refreshingly non-hurry-up offense of the Eagles to Whoop-Ti-Ay into the Bears end zone twice, and the D to score once, as they upset Chicago. Eagles 21-14
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