Philadelphia Eagles at Chicago Bears NFL 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 -1.5 -- Over/Under: 38 See the Latest Odds
The Philadelphia Eagles and Chicago Bears will play their first preseason game of the season on Friday at Soldier Field.
The Eagles enter their second season with Chip Kelly as head coach and they have to feel great with where the offense is heading. Last season, the Eagles had a Top 10 passing offense and the best rushing attack in the league. With Nick Foles, LeSeasn McCoy, Jeremy Maclin and newly acquired Darren Sproles still leading the charge, those numbers shouldn’t change much. You’ll likely see two or three drives from the Eagles offensive starters and then the game will be passed on to backup quarterbacks Mark Sanchez and Matt Barkley. While Sanchez wasn’t a great starter for the New York Jets, there aren’t too many backups who have more than 12,000 career passing yards and 68 touchdowns. Defensively, the Eagles have to improve a secondary that ranked dead last in passing yards allowed. The additions of rookies Jaylen Watkins and Ed Reynolds could help add depth.
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The Bears look to rebound from their mediocre 8-8 season last year and make a true run for the NFC North crown. The Bears offense doesn’t really need an introduction with Jay Cutler at quarterback and guys such as Brandon Marshall, Matt Forte and Alshon Jeffery around him. On paper, the Bears have one of the best offensive units in the league. Because of this, you’re likely going to see less Cutler and more Jordan Palmer and Jimmy Clausen. Yikes. Needless to say, the Bears don’t have any attractive options at backup quarterback and I wouldn’t be surprised if rookie David Fales eventually made a push for the backup role. The Bears were dead last in the league last season, so expect a lot of focus on the defensive line and a group of young linebackers. The Bears are likely going to rotate often and test these guys to improve in that area.
Overall, I’m not sure how anyone picks against the Eagles in this spot. Not only is there a good chance the Eagles score a touchdown with their starting unit, but they have a backup quarterback who just started four years in this league. The Bears quarterback depth is garbage.
Take the Eagles and the point.