The week 16 matchup of the 8-6 Philadelphia Eagles and the 8-6 Chicago Bears, isn’t just the biggest game of the week in the mind of football fans in Philadelphia and Chicago. The NFL flexed the game into a Sunday Night Football matchup, pushing out what would have been a marquee matchup in its own right, of Tom Brady and the New England Patriots against Joe Flacco of the Baltimore Ravens. That has been the AFC Title game for the past two seasons, for anyone who forgot.
Sure, the Patriots and Ravens might not be as good as they were the last two seasons, but they still are both in control of their own destiny in the playoff race, so for that game to be flexed out of Sunday Night Football says something.
The Bears have revitalized their offense, behind first-year head coach Mark Trestman, and the emergence of Alshon Jefferey as an elite receiver across from their other elite receiver, Brandon Marshall. Add that into a consistently productive running-back in Matt Fotre, and the fact that Jay Cutler had a three-touchdown performance last week in his return from a high ankle sprain, and the Bears offense poses a formidable test for an Eagles defense that was torched by Matt Cassel last week.
Where are the Bears vulnerable? They do have the worst-ranked rushing defense in the entire NFL, which seems to play directly into the hands of Chip Kelly and the Philadelphia Eagles.
Kelly may be best served making a slight adjustment and slowing things down if the Eagles jump out to a lead. He not only has LeSean McCoy, but Bryce Brown, who he can use to wear the Bears defense down, and keep their offense off the field.
But, Kelly admittedly doesn’t care much about time of possession, so instead of that happening, it seems more likely that this game is a shootout of two explosive offenses that feature inconsistent defenses.
Below is information on how to watch, listen, or buy tickets, to tonight’s game.
Start Time: Coverage begins at 8:00, kickoff scheduled for 8:30 PM EST.
Tickets: Philadelphia Eagles tickets
Where to watch online: NFL.com Live Stream
Radio: Sports Radio 94.1 WIP