Chicago Bears vs. Philadelphia Eagles Pick-Odds-Prediction - 8/8/14
Philadelphia Eagles (10-6) at Chicago Bears (8-8)
NFL Football: Friday, August 8, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Soldier Field)
The Line: Chicago Bears -1 -- Over/Under: 38 See the Latest Odds
The Philadelphia Eagles open their preseason schedule on the road against the Chicago Bears.
The Bears look to stay healthy in 2014 after suffering through their share of injuries a season ago which makes competing at this level difficult at best. The one guy the Bears need on the field is Jay Cutler so if he sees the field it will likely be a handoff to Matt Forte and then both will have a seat and watch the reserves play. We'll probably see a mix of Jimmy Clausen, Jordan Palmer and David Fales handing off to a Michael Ford and Ka'DeemCarey. Jordan Lynch of NIU fame will get a crack at RB as well. Whoever is under center will throw sparingly to Josh Morgan and Marquess Wilson. Defensively the Bears will be looking at players to backup an improved group of starters.
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If you listen to Chip Kelly talk about his team you might get the feeling that it's his system that is key as opposed to the players although we know you need talent. He seems like a care free guy that will plug another body in if one gets injured but we know he can't afford to lose guys like Nick Foles and Shady McCoy. That's why he and every other NFL coach will play the starters sparingly in the preseason opener. As an Eagles fan I know what the starters bring to the table so I want to see a Jordan Matthews and Josh Huff catch passes or perhaps a David Fluellen who I watched in college run the ball. I even want to see Mark Sanchez run this offense and that's tough to type. Show me a secondary that has quality backups that are not a liability, not starters that we know about already.
I am excited to see the Eagles get going and I don't mind the preseason because I get to see players that could make an impact during the season. At the same time I also know the Bears are looking for the same thing and I give them a slight nod in this reserve vs. reserve battle...