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13:40 Newton Abbot Juvenile Hurdle - Preview

I had wanted to do a juvenile hurdle thread but reddit's format does not allow for such a thing so I will simply post race previews as and when. At this juncture, I would like to stress that I am not a tipster. I do not bet and I would not encourage others to do so on the strength of my observations alone. I write this preview as a method of contextualising a race before it takes place as part of a process of developing a more comprehensive understanding of this niche area of the sport.
The first juvenile hurdle this season takes place at Newton Abbot instead of the usual Heaven Hexham. While I am sure all of these horses are both lovely and loved, the standard of form brought into the race is low even by early-season standards. The highest official flat rating going in is 61 which assuming a fluent transition between codes would still only equate to 96 over hurdles. As such, the race will probably not take too much winning. Nevertheless, a race is only as interesting as the beholder deems it to be and by virtue of its kicking off the season, this is one that I am looking forward to.
Name colour, sex, trainer, flat runs-wins-places (official rating) highest RPR
Sire(Damsire){family number}(dosage index) x dam is the / x dam of pertinent relative with jumps form
American Dreamer bg J Osborne 6-0-0 (40) 41
Fountain Of Youth(Indesatchel){22-d}(3.00) 4/1 Empire Park 9 wins over hurdles between 1999 and 2003
American Dreamer has had six starts on the flat, the best of which coming when finishing sixth when staying on past beaten horses in a Chelmsford handicap in February over ten furlongs off 46. Stepped up in trip his next two starts, he was beaten 22 lengths at Lingfield (behind Prince Percy) and 30 lengths at Chelmsford after freely setting the pace in a four runner field. Trainer Jamie Osbourne has won with two of his three juveniles since 2012, including the useful Saint Jerome, and his flat runners are in reasonable form. However, his charge comes in with the lowest official rating and while Fountain Of Youth has yet to be tested as a jumps sire, there is enough pace in his pedigree to have reservations over his being able to find significant improvement for the switch to hurdles.
Debt Of Honour bg N Mulholland 5-0-0 (52) 51
Kyllachy (Nayef){7}(1.91) 3/1 Architrave 1st Juvenile Hurdle, Market Rasen 2010
After four runs on the flat for Michael Bell as a two year old, he was sold for 7,500 guineas at the Autumn Horses in Training Sale last year. Horses consigned by Michael Bell have a healthy winners to runners ratio of 33% including Rock Of Leon who had a flat rating of 57 although most of these will have been sold as three year-olds. Debt Of Honour was initially allocated a rather harsh mark of 58 on the basis of a one paced 15 length fifth in a Goodwood novice. He made his debut for his current yard three weeks ago where he beat only one home in a Chelmsford handicap off 55 jinking right a furlong from home and being eased when beaten. His mark has since been dropped a further three pounds. Fitted with headgear his previous two starts, as well as hanging and jinking during those races, Debt Of Honour's temperament casts further negatives on his case tempered by moderate form. However, in Neil Mulholland he is in very capable hands of a trainer with a proven record of winning juvenile hurdles with moderate flat form with Molliana winning having achieved an RPR of just 29 and Harley Rebel and Pass The Time winning multiple hurdles races with sub 60 official ratings. The stallion Kyllachy, who is without a juvenile winner from fourteen attempts in recent seasons does not particularly inspire confidence even if concerns are mitigated by the sharp conditions of Newton Abbot, the reasonable capabilities of Nayef as a damsire and that useful juvenile Ruacana appears 5/3 on the damline. There are perhaps too many negatives at this stage although if there is some aptitude shown on Tuesday then Debt Of Honour could be of interest further along.
Edebez bg S Mullins 3-0-0 (53) 47
Zebedee (Barathea){4-r}(1.67) No immediate jumps relatives, 7/5 Le Breuil
Not seen since a career best 14 length fifth of eleven in a Nottingham maiden last November. While damsire Barathea was capable of producing jumpers, the same can not be readily said of Zebedee and Edebez's pedigree is more laden with speed than stamina. Seamus Mullins has trained winning juveniles but they typically show more promise on the flat.
Hector De Sivola bg N Williams Unraced
Noroit (Montjeu){9-e}(0.42) 1/1 Espiegle De Sivola 1st 17.5gs Claiming Hurdle, Hyeres 2017
Nick Williams has sent out nineteen debutants in juvenile hurdles since 2012 and five of them have won during the season. Fifteen of them also achieved RPRs of 96 or greater which would likely be enough to win this particular contest. Stallion Noroit, who died in 2018 aged twenty, is not a household name but has provided winners for Nick Williams including Faire Part Sivola and Diable De Sivola who both made winning racecourse debuts on decent ground. Furthermore, Hector De Sivola is related to horses placed around Auteuil and in the context of this field, Montjeu is a solidly capable damsire of juveniles. With any unraced horse, particularly where one is not privy to reputation, it is difficult to speculate with any degree of confidence. Nevertheless, with the flat standard so low and Hector De Sivola comparing so favourably on all other metrics, he holds a significant chance by default.
Hiconic bf A Hales 7-0-2 (57) 57
Sixties Icon (Acclamation){1-n}(0.60) 1/0 Hi Note 2nd 4YO Conditions Hurdle, Cheltenham 2012
Finishing runner up in a Wolverhampton seller on her second start for Mick Channon last year, Hiconic made the move to Alex Hales where she was third on her subsequent start in a Lingfield novice before wrapping up her season a length behind the winner in a seven furlong Kempton handicap off 57. She made her seasonal reappearance early last month in a Lingfield mile handicap finishing last of twelve by just under ten lengths after drifting from 8/1 to 14/1. Allowing for her seven pound allowance, her official mark of 57 gives her the leading chance on ratings alone. While Hiconic's family is broadly American, her dam Hi Note was a capable and consistent juvenile hurdler who finished in the first three in all seven starts during her first season over jumps. Sire Sixties Icon has 6 winners from 31 juveniles since 2012 but has a 61% improvement rate on horses switching between codes as juveniles. Acclamation boasts respectable damsire credentials in the context of this race with a 30% winner to runner rate. However it must be noted that full brother The Topp Notes is winless in two bumpers and two hurdles. Trainer Alex Hales is capable of firing out winning juveniles with limited ammunition with his three winners since 2012/13 officially rated no higher than 65. While finishing last on her reappearance is not ideal, she was not expected to run a big race and having never ran further than a mile on the flat, it is reasonable to expect some improvement for switching to hurdles.
Itoldyoutobackit chg J O'Neill 4-0-0 (41) 39
Ivawood (Shamardal){9-h}(1.57) 5/2 Muthabir 5 wins over hurdles between 2016 and 2019
Sold for 60,000 guineas as a yearling, Itoldyoutobackit would be a relatively rare flat runner for Jonjo O'Neill. By Ivawood, this half brother to a couple of decent winning two year olds might have been expected to show some precocity. However, he beat only one horse home in three starts, never finishing closer than 15 lengths from the winner. His return in February was a thirteen length ninth in a low class classified stakes and has not been seen since. Sire Ivawood has yet to have a runner over obstacles but his being a speedy two year old by Zebedee does not augur well. Damsire Shamardal falls below average by pertinent metrics. Jonjo O'Neill is obviously capable of training juveniles and enjoyed success in the early 2000s with the likes of Cherub, Giocomo and Quazar. However, Itoldyoutobackit falls way short of standard and while the gelding operation and wind surgery might help, the only reasonable explanation for a win might be given away by his name.
Peat Moss bg N Hawke 3-0-0 (50) 50
Fracas (Dalakhani){14-c}(0.71) 4/1 Direct Lady 3rd Festival Hurdle, Leopardstown 1992
After leaving Jim Bolger's without seeing a racetrack, Peat Moss had three runs last month for Nigel Hawke. Five horses have made the switch between the aforementioned yards as juveniles with two of them winning and four of them achieving RPRs of 96 and above. However, those horses had shown some promise on the flat for Jim Bolger whereas Peat Moss has been beaten 19, 30 and 16 lengths, twice at Kempton and last time at Chepstow. On breeding there is some hope for Peat Moss as Fracas has a very healthy 59% winners to runners rate over jumps, Dalakhani has reasonable credentials as a damsire and the likes of Scolardy and The Young Master can be found on the damline. There is still plenty of improvement needed but with his astute trainer in fine form, he holds a better chance than the 200/1 that was offered on him on his last flat start.
Prince Percy bg G Moore 6-0-1 (61) 65
Sir Percy (High Chaparral){1-u}(0.39) 3/1 Walk In The Park 5th Listed Hurdle, Auteuil 2007 - NH Sire
Prince Percy has had four runs in 2020 - three during the winter and once more 26 days ago. Even the worst of that form produced by this consistent animal is superior to anything else seen this year and by some margin. He twice finished 1¾ lengths behind the winner in ten furlong handicaps at Lingfield off marks in the low 60s and the race where he was beaten into fifth of seven has worked out very well for the grade. Trainer Gary Moore boasts a very healthy strike rate in the field from a sizeable sample size and is well adept at winning juvenile hurdles with horses rated lower than Prince Percy. Sir Percy, also the sire of Presenting Percy, is above average in terms of winnerunner ratios for juveniles, horses out of High Chaparral mares are no strangers to success over hurdles and Prince Percy's granddam is a half sister to Walk In The Park (sire of Min and Douvan). On paper, Prince Percy's credentials look flawless but while his relative talent is conspicuous, so too are signs of temperament. He has been backed on all six of his starts to date, including into favouritism last time out, yet he remains without a win. Misgivings are further enhanced by observations of his races where he has been seen to hang and while being less than enthusiastic about giving best. That the yard has not had a winner in 35 runs must also be a concern. On form, he is perfectly capable of winning a race of this nature and given it is his easiest opportunity to date, he may only need to jump round to win. He would be odds-on on the proviso of an in-form yard and a demonstration of good attitude but since those two factors are lacking, it would be a brave move to take short odds on this one.
Strong prospects
  1. Hector De Sivola
  2. Hiconic
Reasonable prospects
  1. Prince Percy
Feasible prospects
  1. Debt Of Honour
  2. Peat Moss
Moderate prospects
  1. Itoldyoutobackit
Negligible prospects
  1. American Dreamer
  2. Edebez
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[Game Preview] Playoff Edition Wildcard Round - Seattle Seahawks (11-5) @ Philadelphia Eagles(9-7)

Philadelphia Eagles (9-7) vs Seattle Seahawks(11-5)
For the third season in a row the Eagles are limping into the playoffs with a multitude of injuries at key positions. But for the first time in those 3 seasons, starting QB Carson Wentz is at the helm and playing at his best. Wentz has won 4 straight must win games against division rivals and leading the Eagles offense complied mostly of backups and practice squad players to over 400 yards of total offense in each game. He will need to extend that winning streak to 5 games this week week against the Seattle Seahawks, the same Seahawks Wentz had his worst game of the season against where he turned the ball over 4 times. Wentz will need to stay hot and play much better than he did in the week 12 loss to the Seahawks. Like that game Wentz will be without his top targets at WR, and starting RG Brandon Brooks and RT Lane Johnson. Unlike last time, Wentz seems to have found a way to win without those key players. Key players have stepped up including Greg Ward and Boston Scott in those wins and they will need to again in their first playoff action of their careers. On the other side of the ball the Eagles will need to do something they have struggled with for years, stop Russel Wilson who is currently undefeated against the Eagles. Wilson has had an outstanding season and should be in conversation for MVP if not for Lamar Jackson’s amazing season. The Eagles defense will need to hold him in check if they hope to win, especially since the Seahawks will be without their top running backs. If the Eagles defense can hold, and Wentz can keep up his hotsteak, we may just see another week of postseason football in the Doug Pederson era with a hot team which can always be dangerous. Go Eagles!
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Date
Sunday, January 5th, 2020
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Wind: WNW 11 MPH
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Favorite/Opening Line: Seattle -1.5
OveUnder: 45.5
Record VS. Spread: Eagles 7-9, Seahawks7-8-1
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Philadelphia Spanish Radio
Rickie Ricardo, Macu Berral and Gus Salazar will handle the broadcast in Spanish on Mega 105.7 FM in Philadelphia and the Eagles Spanish Radio Network.
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Philadelphia, PA LA MEGA 105.7 FM
Allentown, PA WSAN 1470 AM
Atlantic City, NJ WIBG 1020 AM; 101.3 FM
Seahawks Radio
Seahawks Radio Network Steve Raible returns for his 37th season in the radio booth, his 15th as the play-by-play announcer and “Voice of the Seahawks” after 22 seasons as the Seahawks analyst. Hall of Fame quarterback, Warren Moon, returns to the Seahawks radio team for his 15th season as an analyst.
National Radio
Westwood One will broadcast the game to a national audience with Kevin Harlan on play-by-play and Brian Griese providing analysis and Ross Tucker reporting from the sidelines.
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NFC East Standings
NFC EAST Record PCT Home Road Div Conf PF PA Net Pts Streak
Eagles 9-7 .563 5-3 4-4 5-1 7-5 385 354 +31 4W
Cowboys 8-8 .500 5-3 3-5 5-1 7-5 434 321 +113 1W
Giants 4-12 .250 2-6 2-6 2-4 3-9 341 451 -110 1L
Redskins 3-13 .188 1-7 2-6 0-6 2-10 266 435 -169 4L
NFC Playoff Picture
Seed Team Division Record
1 49ers West 13-3
2 Packers West 13-3
3 Saints South 13-3
4 Eagles East 9-7
5 Seahawks West 11-5
6 Vikings North 10-6
This Weekends NFC Games
Game Time Location
Vikings @ Saints 1/5/2020 1:05PM EST Mercedes-Benz Stadium, New Orleans, LA
Seahawks @ Eagles 1/5/2020 4:40PM EST Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA
AFC Playoff Picture
Seed Team Division Record
1 Ravens North 14-2
2 Chiefs West 12-4
3 Patriots East 12-4
4 Texans South 10-6
5 Bills East 10-6
6 Titans South 9-7
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Game Time Location
Bills @ Texans 1/4/2020 4:35PM EST NRG Stadium, Houston, TX
Titans @ Patriots 1/4/2020 8:15PM EST Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, MA
Series Information
The Seattle Seahawks lead the Philadelphia Eagles (10-7)
Series History
Head to Head Box Scores
First Game Played
December 12th, 1976 at Veteran's Stadium Philadelphia, PA. Philadelphia Eagles 27 - Seattle Seahawks 10
Points Leader
Seattle Seahawks lead the Philadelphia Eagles (350-319)
Coaches Record
Doug Pederson: 0- against the Seahawks
Pete Carroll: 5-1 against Eagles
Coaches Head to Head
Doug Pederson vs Pete Carroll: Carroll leads 3-0
Quarterback Record
Carson Wentz: Against Seahawks: 0-3
Russell Wilson: Against Eagles: 4-0
Quarterbacks Head to Head
Carson Wentz vs Russell Wilson: Wilson leads 3-0
Records per Stadium
Record @ Lincoln Financial Field: Seahawks lead the Eagles: 4-0
Record @ CenturyLink Field: Seahawks lead 3-2
Rankings and Last Meeting Information
AP Pro 32 Ranking
Eagles No. 11 - Seahawks No. 7
Record
Eagles: 9-7
Seahawks: 11-5
Last Meeting
Sunday, Nov 24th, 2019
Seahawks 17 – Eagles 9
In a sloppy rainy game with high winds both QBs struggled, but the Wilson made plays when it counted and got help from running back Rashaad Penny who had a career day running for 129 yards including a 58 yard TD run. The Eagles defense was again fooled by a trick play on a flea flicker which saw Wilson hit Malik Turner for a 33 yard TD. The Eagles offense was terrible struggling to get anything going all day and missing key players including Jeffrey, Jackson, Agholor, Howard, Johnson and Brooks didn’t help. It was the worst game of the season for Wentz who turned the ball over 4 times in the Eagles loss. Russel Wilson continued his dominance over the Eagles and remained undefeated against them in his 8 year career.
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Last 10 Meetings
Date Winner Loser Score
11/24/19 Seahawks Eagles 17-9
12/3/17 Seahawks Eagles 24-10
11/20/16 Seahawks Eagles 26-15
12/07/14 Seahawks Eagles 24-14
12/01/11 Seahawks Eagles 31-14
11/02/08 Eagles Seahawks 26-7
12/02/07 Seahawks Eagles 28-24
12/05/05 Seahawks Eagles 42-0
12/08/02 Eagles Seahawks 27-20
09/23/01 Eagles Seahawks 27-3
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2019 “Expert” Picks
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2019 Team Stats
Eagles Season Stats
Seahawks Season Stats
2019 Stats (Starters/Leaders)
Passing
Name CMP ATT PCT YDS TD INT RAT
Wentz 388 607 63.9% 4037 27 7 93.1
Wilson 341 516 66.1% 4110 31 5 106.3
Rushing
Name ATT YDS YDS/G AVG TD
Sanders 179 818 51.1 4.6 3
Carson(IR) 278 1230 82.0 4.4 7
Lynch 12 34 34.0 2.8 1
Receiving
Name REC YDS YDS/G AVG TD
Ertz 88 916 61.1 10.4 6
Lockett 82 1057 66.1 12.9 8
Sacks
Name Sacks Team Total
Graham 8.5 43
Green 4.0 28
Tackles
Name Total Solo Assist Sacks
Jenkins 80 62 18 2.5
Wagner 159 86 73 3.0
Interceptions
Name Ints Team Total
Gerry/Jones/Darby/McLeod 2 11
Wright/Flowers/Diggs 3 16
Punting
Name ATT YDS LONG AVG NET IN 20 TB BP
Johnston 71 3292 61 46.4 42.3 28 4 0
Dickson 74 3341 63 44.1 40.9 34 5 0
Kicking
Name ATT MADE % LONG PAT
Elliot 26 22 84.6% 53 35/37
Myers 28 23 82.1% 54 40/44
Kick Returns
Name ATT YDS AVG LONG TD
Sanders 14 314 22.4 67 0
Lockett 14 279 33 0
Punt Returns
Name RET YDS AVG LONG TD FC
Scott 6 43 7.2 13 0 4
Lockett 13 66 5.1 20 0 10
League Rankings 2019
Offense Rankings
Category Eagles Stat Eagles Rank Seahawks Stat Seahawks Rank
Total Offense 360.8 14th 374.4 8th
Rush Offense 121.2 11th 137.5 4th
Pass Offense 239.6 11th 236.9 14th
Points Per Game 24.1 12th 25.3 9th
3rd-Down Offense 45.4% 4th 39.5% 16th
4th-Down Offense 33.3% 28th(t) 50.0% 13th(t)
Red Zone Offense (TD%) 66.7% 3rd 63.3% 9th
Defense Rankings
Category Eagles Stat Eagles Rank Seahawks Stat Seahawks Rank
Total Defense 331.7 10th 381.6 26th
Rush Defense 90.1 3rd 117.7 22nd
Pass Defense 241.6 19th 263.9 27th
Points Per Game 22.1 15th 24.9 22nd
3rd-Down Defense 34.2% 4th 38.3% 16th
4th-Down Defense 61.1% 27th 58.5% 24th
Red Zone Defense (TD%) 55.8% 14th(t) 61.5% 26th
Team
Category Eagles Stat Eagles Rank Seahawks Stat Seahawks Rank
Turnover Diff. -3 22nd +12 3rd(t)
Penalty Per Game 6.8 9th(t) 7.1 16th(t)
Penalty Yards Per Game 52.3 9th 55.1 13th
Connections
Eagles HC Doug Pederson was born in Bellingham, WA, and grew up in Ferndale, WA. Pederson recently admitted that he "Grew up a Seahawks Fan" and used to attend Seahawks games at The Kingdome.
Eagles LBs coach Ken Flajole is from Seattle and previously coached the Seahawks’ DBs (1999, 2001-02) and LBs (2000).
Eagles Safeties coach Tim Hauck played for the Seahawks in 1997.
Eagles Defensive Line coach Phillip Daniels was selected by Seattle in the 4th round of the 1996 NFL Draft.
Seahawks Northeast Area Scout Todd Brunner worked for the Eagles for four seasons (1994-97) as an area scout covering the Northeast. He joined the Eagles as a scouting intern in 1992 and worked as a scouting assistant in 1993.
Eagles CB Sidney Jones attended University of Washington.
Seahawks LB Mychal Kendricks played 6 seasons for the Eagles from 2012-2017 including winning a Super Bowl with him in Super Bowl LII.
2020 Pro Bowlers
Eagles Seahawks
DT Fletcher Cox (Starter) QB Russel Wilson (Starter)
OG Brandon Brooks (Starter) MLB Bobby Wagner (Starter)
TE Zach Ertz
C Jason Kelce (Starter)
LS Rick Lavato (Starter)
Recap from Last Week 17’s Games.
Eagles
Video
With the division on the line, the Eagles controlled their own destiny as they took on the division rival New York Giants on the road. The Eagles were already short and then they lost running back Miles Sanders and three-time Pro Bowl right guard Brandon Brooks in the first half. But Scott, Josh Perkins, Greg Ward, Deontay Burnett and Robert Davis combined for 16 catches on 25 targets, 225 yards receiving, 54 yards rushing and four TDs. The five players were cut a combined eight times by four teams since Aug. 31. But Carson Wentz got the most out of them as he lead the Eagles to their 4th must win game in a row beating the Giants 34-17.
Seahawks
Video
The Seahawks were playing for the division title against the 49ers in week 17 with a playoff spot already locked in for both teams. In the first half, the 49ers dominated, taking a 13–0 halftime lead aided by a Deebo Samuel 30-yard touchdown run on a pitch and catch. The 49ers also held Seattle to just 79 yards of total offense, including stuffing running back Marshawn Lynch on 4th and inches from the 49ers 31-yard line, causing a turnover on downs. In the second half, the Seahawks proved resilient, scoring multiple times. The Seahawks would never lead in this game however, as the 49ers countered every Seahawks score with one of their own, including a Raheem Mostert 13-yard touchdown run to make it 26–14 with 5:51 left. After Seattle cut the lead to five, a questionable personal foul call against Ben Garland forced a punt, giving them the ball back with 2:27 left. They marched all the way down to the 49ers 1-yard line, but a delay of game penalty pushed them back to the 6-yard line. After three incomplete passes, the Seahawks faced 4th and goal. Russell Wilson hit receiver Jacob Hollister with a pass to the 49ers 1-yard line, but Hollister was stopped inches short of the goal line by linebacker Dre Greenlaw, causing a turnover on downs with nine seconds left that sealed the victory.
General
Referee: Shawn Smith
Including playoffs, Philadelphia has the 2nd-best home winning percentage (.735, 25-9) in the NFL since 2016, trailing only New England (.838, 31-6).
In Week 17, the Eagles totaled 400+ yards for the 4th consecutive game, which is Eagles the longest stretch of 400+ yards since 2013 (6 games).
The Eagles captured their 2nd division title in the last three seasons and 3rd consecutive postseason berth (2017-19).
Philadelphia owns the No. 4 seed in the NFC Playoffs heading into Wild Card Weekend (Jan. 4-5, 2020).
Doug Pederson is the first Eagles head coach to lead his team to three straight postseason appearances since Andy Reid from 2008-10.
Philadelphia has made the playoffs in three-or-more consecutive seasons for the 6th time in team history.
The Eagles have earned a postseason berth for the 27th time in franchise history (since 1933).
Since 2000, Philadelphia is tied for the 4th-most playoff appearances (13) in the NFL, behind New England (17), Green Bay (14) and Indianapolis (14).
The Eagles are NFC East Champions for the 11th time in franchise history.
Philadelphia’s nine NFC East championships since 2001 are the most in the division, ahead of Dallas (5), N.Y. Giants (3) and Washington (2)
Draft Picks
Eagles Seahawks
OT Andre Dillard DE L.J. Collier
RB Miles Sanders S Marquise Blair
WR JJ Arcega-Whiteside WR DK Metcalf
WR Shareff Miller LB Cody Barton
QB Clayton Thorson WR Gary Jennings Jr.
G Phil Hayes
CB Ugo Amadi
LB Ben Burr-Kirven
RB Travis Homer
DT Demarcus Christmas
WR John Ursua
Notable Off-season Additions
Eagles Seahawks
WR Desean Jackson DE Jadeveon Clowney
DT Malik Jackson DE Ziggy Ansah
DE Vinny Curry DT Al Woods
DT Hassan Ridgeway WR Josh Gordon
QB Josh McCown QB Geno Smith
G Mike Iupati
K Jason Myers
FB Nick Bellore
Notable Off-season Departures
Eagles Seahawks
QB “Big Dick” Nick Foles FS Earl Thomas
DE Michael Bennett SS Kam Chancellor
DE Chris Long WR Doug Baldwin
S Chris Maragos WR Paul Richardson
RB Jay Ajayi DE Frank Clark
RB Josh Adams K Sebastian Janikowski
RB Wendell Smallwood G J.R. Sweezy
DT Haloti Ngata CB Justin Coleman
DT Shamar Stephen
SS Maurice Alexander
QB Brett Hundley
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WDB Matchups (CAPS = expected shadow coverage)
Stats to Know
Russell Wilson’s Deep Ball
The Eagles have not been great at defending the deep ball. Russell Wilson is good at the deep ball. I should just leave it at that, but that’s not what you’re here for. In 2019, Wilson’s averaging the 2nd-highest percentage of total throws targeting 20+ yards downfield (16.5%). Over the previous 3 seasons, Wilson has been 3rd, 2nd, and 8th. His Adjusted Completion % (accounting for drops) is 48.2%, good for 8th. His Passer Rating on Deep Balls is 119.2, good for 4th.
Matchups to Watch
Seahawks Pass Defense vs. the Eagles Pass Offense
Well, now the Eagles are in the playoffs after this tumultuous season. Anything can happen with this team, whether it's one and done or a Super Bowl run. Before we can all think about the future of this postseason, the Eagles need to get by a tough opponent in the Seattle Seahawks. Pete Carroll's Seattle teams, with or without Wilson, has owned the Eagles. That extended into this season with the Seahawks winning an ugly game against the then hapless Eagles. A lot has changed for Philly since then, mainly their success through the air. The Nobodies have stepped up to help Carson eLeVaTe the passing offense as he nearly averaged 300 yard passing per game in the final 4 weeks of the season. Carson has played really well and the coaches stepped up big to help get the passing game going. Their game plan can't, and won't, be a repeat of their early "death by one thousand slant/flats" if they want to win. And the offense can't turn the ball over at the rate they did if they expect to win. This is an athletic pass defense with two great LBs that excel in coverage. The Eagles will need to continue to move the pocket for Wentz to extend the time to throw which will allow deeper shots to open up. Due to personnel, this isn't an offense that can rely on its skill position players to consistently win 1v1. They'll need to continue to be creative in their usage of screens to prevent the defense form keying on them again. If Zach Ertz is able to play, that would be a huge win for the Eagles as he is their best natural separator. Seattle is an easy defense to scheme for as there is very little they change on a week to week basis. It's just being able to hit on the plays they scheme up. One injury for the Seahawks that important to watch is the status of safety Quandre Diggs; he was acquired from the Lions on the cheap (for some reason) and is a key player in their coverage schemes. As of now, the Seahawks should be expecting him to go as he was a full participant in their latest practice report. Either way, this is the 15th ranked passing defense by DVOA. They can be beat through the air. It would be wise for them to build off the game plan the Niners used last week to win in Seattle.
Seahawks Run Defense vs Eagles Running Backs
Philly wasn't able to have a lot of success on the ground the last time they played for a number of reasons. One big reason for that was the injuries on the offensive line - which remains the same for the rematch. Lane Johnson's status for Sunday is still unknown and stud Guard Brandon Brooks landed on IR after the week 17 win against the Giants. The backups have played decently well in reliefof the two key linemen but their absence will always loom large. The variety of concepts the Eagles use in the run game is a big factor in its success as it keeps opposing defenses off-balance. Being down Brooks and Lane could hinder what the Eagles like to do if their replacements can't adequately step up. Moreover, Sanders sustained an injury last week (ankle) and should play, but his effectiveness really won't be known until game time. Since the bye, Sanders has stepped up in a big way when Jordan Howard's shoulder died. Sanders proved he is a capable receiver and pass blocker early on but really improved his ability as a runner very quickly when the team needed him the most. If he is able to be effective on Sunday, that would be a huge boost to the undermanned Philly offense. Additionally, Boston Scott has continued to step up for the Eagles when they need him the most. Scott doesn't profile as an every down back but was able to take that role last week when Sanders left the game. His ability to consistently find the open rush lanes has been paramount to his success. Like Sanders, when Scott is able to get the ball in space he is able to create chunk plays to move the sticks. Jordan Howard returned to the line up last week; while he only played one snap, his ability to now play should help the Eagles rushing attack. This Seattle defensive line is a weak unit that is missing key players. Jadeveon Clowney has been banged up for most of the season and his status for Sunday is questionable. His absence would be a huge boost for the Eagles. This Seattle rushing defense is 26th in DVOA; if the Eagles offensive line was 100% heading into Sunday, this would be the single biggest mismatch in this contest. As it stands now, the Eagles should have enough in their reserves to be effective against this front, but that is a risky bet. They weren't effective in their first meeting - they need to change that to win.
Russell Wilson and the Seahawks Receivers vs the Eagles Secondary
Russell Wilson has owned the Eagles in his career but will be entering Sunday's contest off his worst performance against this team in his career. He was sacked 6 times and was generally inaccurate for most of the game. He struggled to pick up some of the coverage changes the Eagles implemented in their secondary and lead to below average play. He's still Russell Wilson and this is still the Eagles pass defense: you simply cannot bet on the Eagles secondary anymore. Wilson has been a top 2 QB this year in an MVP caliber year carrying the Seahawks to this point in the season. There are very few instances in his time with the Seahawks where the Seahawks are down by double-digits late in a game. This is an Eagles secondary that struggles to stop the big play and cover outside receivers - the Seahawks have two dangerous weapons outside. The Eagles should have everyones favorite terrible CB back for this contest... Jalen Mills. The starter opposite him will be a mystery. Since his early season benching, Sidney Jones has been absolutely clutch for the Eagles on their current run. While his play hasn't been perfect, he's been less of a disaster than he previously was. Avonte Maddox and Cre'von Leblanc are fresh off really good performances against the Giants. If I had to guess, Maddox will start outside and Leblanc will see the slot; Jones would work into the rotation in more CB heavy looks. As previously mentioned, not only was Russ generally inaccurate in the first meeting, his receivers had a lot of key drops as well. Here is a big gain dropped by DK Metcalf. How about this dropped TD by DK Metcalf? Or this bricked layup TD pass from Wilson? My point is this: I generally think the Eagles pass defense, namely the secondary, has been more lucky than good in the second half of the season en route to an NFCE title. They are still here, which is awesome, but until they actually clean up their games it's hard to bet on them succeeding. Russ is one of the best passers in the league; it doesn't matter if he is scrambling or in the pocket, he'll generally eat you alive. This is a WR group, especially with Lockett and Metcalf, that will make defenses pay. They didn't last time, I don't think the Eagles will be so lucky this time. If I'm the Seahawks, I throw early and often. The Eagles defensive ranks against outside WRs: Yards allowed: 32nd, Explosive receptions: 29th, TDs: 29th, Yards per target: 27th. If Pete Carroll and Brian Schottenheimer maintain status quo, like they do for some inexplicable reason, the Eagles have a real chance.
**Seahawks Decimated Offensive Line vs Eagles Pass Rush
The biggest aid to a struggling secondary is a strong pass rush. This is the foundation of the Eagles defense. While it isn't the stupid good group from the Super Bowl, it is still one of the best units in the league in getting pressure. Seattle has had bad offensive lines for years now and the group that'll start on Sunday fits that mold. Stud LT Duane Brown should miss this contest with a knee issue; this is a bad injury for the Seahawks as he is their best offensive lineman. The rest of their group is a well-below average unit that struggles in pass protection. The Eagles were able to get after Russell Wilson with 6 sacks in the first meeting and will need that kind of pressure again. Wilson can still make plays with his arm and legs while under pressure but it's still a difficult task for him. Fletcher Cox and Brandon Graham will need to continue to create havoc in the trenches. Derek Barnett must continue to build off his strong outing against the Giants. And if Timmy Jernigan can continue to play well, instead of up and down, then the Eagles should be able to get after Russ like they did Daniel Jones one week ago. The Eagles need to put this Seattle offense in bad situations to help out the secondary and help force some turnovers.
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[Game Preview] Week 3 Philadelphia Eagles(1-1) vs Detroit Lions (1-0-1)

Philadelphia Eagles (1-1) vs Detroit Lions (1-0-1)
The Eagles will look to rebound in in week 3, after a disappointing loss to the Falcons last week that saw them lose both their starting WRs in the first series of the game as well as some scares in the blue tent with both Carson Wentz and Jason Kelce being evaluated for concussions in the game. The Eagles also loss Corey Clement on a kick return last week. The Eagles will most likely be missing both WRs and Clement this week as they welcome the Detroit Lions back to town for the first time since the snow bowl in 2013. In that time frame the Eagles have lost the last two meetings in Detroit to the Lions. Lions are coming off a tough win vs. the Chargers after settling for a tie with the Cardinals in week 1. Patricia is trying to prove he isn’t a bust like so many Belichick disciples before him after going 6-10 with the Patriots in week 1. The two teams will both be looking for win number 2 in week 3 as the teams meet in Philly for the first time since the snow bowl in 2013 when Chip Kelly still looked like he could be a viable NFL coach (a fact that has been verified as false). The Lions took their revenge since that game blowing out Chip Kelly’s Eagles in 2015 and winning a nail biter against Pederson’s Eagles in his first season in 2016. Pederson will look for his first win against the Lions and the Eagles secondary will look to rebound after being shredded by Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley week 2. As rumors circulate of Jalen Ramsey the Eagles corners will look to prove them themselves against a talented Lions WR corps led by Kenny Golladay, who looks like a stud after his first to years in the league. The Eagles secondary will look for help from a DL that has only managed two sacks in their first two weeks and has failed to generate any real pressure despite holding opponents rushing to just 42.5 yards per game. On the flip side, Pederson will look to reinforce to Matt Patricia who his daddy is after last torching the Patriot led Patricia defense in Super Bowl 52 with Big Dick Nick Foles. Look for the Eagles to start fast as Pederson has blamed his play-calling for the slow starts in the first two games of the season. The game should help determine for both teams if they are playoff contenders or pretenders so look for a hard fought game on both sides with hopefully no injuries. As always Go Birds!
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Date
Sunday, September 22nd, 2019
Game Time Game Location
1:00 PM - Eastern Lincoln Financial Field
12:00 PM - Central 1020 Pattison Ave
11:00 AM - Mountain Philadelphia, PA 19148
10:00 AM - Pacific Wikipedia - Map
Weather Forecast
Stadium Type: Open Air
Surface: Grass
Temperature: 83°F
Feels Like: 85°F
Forecast: Clear. Partly cloudy throughout the day.
Chance of Precipitation: 1%
Cloud Coverage: 8%
Wind: SSW 8 MPH
Betting Odds
Oddsshark Information
Favorite/Opening Line: Philadelphia by -6
OveUnder: 45.5
Record VS. Spread: Philadelphia 0-2, Lions 1-1
Where to Watch on TV
FOX will broadcast Sunday’s game to a regional audience. Thom Brennaman will handle the play-by-play duties and Chris Spielman will try to provide analysis. Shannon Spake will report from the sideline.
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Internet Streams
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Radio Streams
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Listen to Merrill Reese and Mike Quick
Calling the game on 94WIP and the Eagles Radio Network will be Merrill Reese, the NFL’s longest-tenured play-by-play announcer (42nd season). Joining Reese in the radio booth will be former Eagles All-Pro wide receiver Mike Quick, while Howard Eskin will report from the sidelines.
Location Station Frequency
Philadelphia, PA WIP-FM 94.1 FM and 610 AM
Allentown, PA WCTO-FM 96.1 FM
Atlantic City/South Jersey WENJ-FM 97.3 FM
Levittown, PA WBCB-AM 1490 AM
Northumberland, PA WEGH-FM 107.3 FM
Pottsville, PA WPPA-AM 1360 AM
Reading, PA WEEU-AM 830 AM
Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WAFL-FM 97.7 FM
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, PA WEJL-FM 96.1 FM
Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WAFL-FM 97.7 FM
Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WEJL-AM 630 AM
Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WBAX-AM 1240 AM
Williamsport, PA WBZD-FM 93.3 FM
Wilmington, DE WDEL-FM/AM 101.7 FM
York/LancasteHarrisburg, PA WSOX-FM 96.1 FM
Philadelphia Spanish Radio
Rickie Ricardo, Macu Berral and Gus Salazar will handle the broadcast in Spanish on Mega 105.7 FM in Philadelphia and the Eagles Spanish Radio Network.
Location Station Frequency
Philadelphia, PA LA MEGA 105.7 FM
Allentown, PA WSAN 1470 AM
Atlantic City, NJ WIBG 1020 AM; 101.3 FM
Lions Radio
[Lions Radio Network]https://www.detroitlions.com/schedule/radio-affiliates) Dan Miller will handle the play-by-play duties and Lomas Brown will provide analysis.
National Radio
NA
Satellite Radio
Station Eagles Channel Lions Channel
Sirius Radio SIRI 134(Streaming 825) SIRI 138(Streaming 810)
XM Radio XM 232 (Streaming 825) Streaming 810
Sirus XM Radio SXM 232 (Streaming 825) SXM 387(Streaming 810)
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NFC East Standings
NFC EAST Record PCT Home Road Div Conf PF PA Net Pts Streak
Cowboys 2-0 1.000 1-0 1-0 2-0 2-0 35 38 +18 2W
Eagles 1-1 .500 1-0 0-1 1-0 1-1 52 51 +1 1L
Redskins 0-2 .000 0-1 0-2 0-2 0-0 48 63 -15 2L
Giants 0-2 .000 0-1 0-1 0-1 0-1 31 63 -32 2L
Series Information
The Philadelphia Eagles lead the Detroit Lions (17-15-2). (16-15-2 regular season, (1-0) postseason
Series History
Head to Head Box Scores
First Game Played
October 18th, 1933 at Baker Bowl in Philadelphia, PA. Philadelphia Eagles 0 – Portsmouth Spartans 25
Points Leader
The Philadelphia Eagles lead the Detroit Lions (747-717)
Coaches Record
Doug Pederson: 0-1 against the Lions
Matt Patricia: This will be Patricia’s first game against Eagles
Coaches Head to Head
Doug Pederson vs Matt Patricia This will be the first meeting between the coaches, but Pederson still gives Patricia nightmares of the Philly Special when he was DC of the Patriots in Super Bowl 52.
Quarterback Record
Carson Wentz: Against Lions: 0-1
Matt Stafford: Against Eagles: 3-1
Quarterbacks Head to Head
Carson Wentz vs Matt Stafford: Stafford leads 1-0
Records per Stadium
Record @ Lincoln Financial Field: Eagles lead Lions 2-1
Record @ Ford Field: Series Tied 2-2
Rankings and Last Meeting Information
AP Pro 32 Ranking
Eagles No. 8 - Lions No. 20
2019 Record
Eagles: 1-1
Lions 1-0-1
Last Meeting
Sunday, October 9th, 2016
Eagles 23 - Lions 24
Matt Stafford and the Lions got off to a quick start scoring touchdowns on their first 4 possessions of the game before the Eagles defense settled down and the defense settled down. The offense took the lead in the 4th quarter with a Cody Parkey field goal, but a perfect pass by Matt Stafford to Golden Tate set up a Matt Prater field goal with 1:28 to go left in the game and the Eagles with no timeout. Wentz who played nothing like a rookie in just his 5th NFL games had his rookie side come out at the worst possible moment as he threw up a deep game to Nelson Agholor on first down which was picked off by Darius Slay to seal the game for the Lions.
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Last Meeting at Site
Sunday, December 8th, 2013
Eagles 34 - Lions 20
Both teams struggled to put up points and kick extra points in the first half as a blizzard gripped Philadelphia dropping 6 inches despite a forcast of only a couple snow showers. However once LeSean McCoy put his head down and ran straight ahead instead of juking and jiving, no one could stop him. McCoy ran for a franchise-best 217 yards, including touchdowns of 57 and 40 yards. The Eagles put up 34 points despite trailing the Philadelphia Eagles overcame two TD returns by Jeremy Ross to beat the Detroit Lions 34-20 in a snowy Sunday in Philadelphia.
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Last 10 Meetings
Date Winner Loser Score
10/9/2016 Lions Eagles 24-23
11/26/2015 Lions Eagles 45-14
12/8/2013 Eagles Lions 34-20
10/14/2012 Lions Eagles 26-23
9/19/2010 Eagles Lions 35-12
9/23/2007 Eagles Lions 56-21
9/26/2004 Eagles Lions 30-13
11/8/1998 Eagles Lions 10-9
9/15/1996 Eagles Lions 24-17
12/30/1995 Eagles Lions 58-37
Injury Reports Depth Charts
Eagles Eagles
Lions Lions
2019 “Expert” Picks
Week 3 - "Expert" Picks
2019 Team Stats
Eagles Season Stats
Lions Season Stats
2019 Stats (Starters/Leaders)
Passing
Name CMP ATT PCT YDS TD INT RAT
Wentz 53 82 64.6% 544 4 2 89.7
Stafford 49 75 65.3% 630 5 2 102.6
Rushing
Name ATT YDS YDS/G AVG TD
Howard 14 62 31.0 4.4 0
Johnson 28 90 45.0 3.2 0
Receiving
Name REC YDS YDS/G AVG TD
Ertz 13 126 63.0 1 9.7
Golladay 12 159 78.5 13.3 2
Sacks
Name Sacks Team Total
Jernigan/Sendejo 1.0 2
Kennard 3.0 6
Tackles
Name Total Solo Assist Sacks
Bradham 11 8 3 0
Walker 19 16 3 0
Interceptions
Name Ints Team Total
Darby/Gerry/Jones 1 3
WalkeSlay 1 2
Punting
Name ATT YDS LONG AVG NET IN 20 TB BP
Johnston 7 363 54 51.9 48.6 4 0 0
Martin 12 314 55 40.8 39.3 6 0 0
Kicking
Name ATT MADE % LONG PAT
Elliot 3 3 100.0% 41 3/3
Prater 3 2 66.7% 55 4/5
Kick Returns
Name ATT YDS AVG LONG TD
Clement 3 73 24.3 26 0
Agnew 3 48 16.0 21 0
Punt Returns
Name RET YDS AVG LONG TD FC
Sproles 5 54 10.8 17 0 2
Agnew 4 46 0.6 5 0 2
League Rankings 2019
Offense Rankings
Category Eagles Stat Eagles Rank Lions Stat Lions Rank
Total Offense 361.0 14th 408.0 8th
Rush Offense 86 22nd(t) 105.0 16th
Pass Offense 275.0 12th 303.0 6th
Points Per Game 26.0 8th 20.0 17th(t)
3rd-Down Offense 57.1% 2nd(t) 35.7% 17th
4th-Down Offense 60% 11th 50% 12th(t)
Red Zone Offense (TD%) 50.0% 17th(t) 66.7% 10th
Defense Rankings
Category Eagles Stat Eagles Rank Lions Stat Lions Rank
Total Defense 382.5 22nd 405.5 27th
Rush Defense 42.5 3rd 124.5 21st
Pass Defense 340.0 31st 281.0 24th
Points Per Game 25.5 25th 18.5 11th(t)
3rd-Down Defense 34.8% 12th(t) 42.9% 19th(t)
4th-Down Defense 100% 22nd(t) 0.0% 1st(t)
Red Zone Defense (TD%) 50% 14th(t) 28.6%% 4th(t)
Team
Category Eagles Stat Eagles Rank Lions Stat Lions Rank
Turnover Diff. 0 15th(t) -1 20th(t)
Penalty Per Game 6.5 7th(t) 8.5 21st(t)
Penalty Yards Per Game 57.5 13th(t) 65.0 19th
Connections
Lions LB Coach Al Golden was the HC of the Temple Owls in Philadelphia from 2006-2010.
Lions DB Coach Brian Stewart was an assistant with the Eagles in 2009.
Lions Assistant OL Coach Hank Fraley played 6 seasons with the Eagles from 2000-2005 and was starting center when they went to the Super Bowl 2005.
Lions WR Danny Amendola was on the Eagles Practice Squad in 2009.
Eagles HC Jim Schwartz was HC of the Lions from 2009-2013.
Eagles Defensive Special Assistant Matt Burke was the Lions LB coach from 2009-2013.
Eagles backup QB Josh McCown played one season for the Lions in 2006.
Eagles Pro Bowl DE Brandon Graham was born in Michigan and attended the University of Michigan.
Eagles DT Akeem Spence played one season for the Lions in 2017.
Recap from Last Week’s Games.
Eagles
Video The Eagles offense started with another slow start and the loss of both starting WRs (Jeffrey and Jackson) on the first series did not help any. The Eagles offense struggled to maintain drives against the speedy Falcons defense who picked off Carson Wentz twice. On the other side of the ball the Eagles struggled to stop the vaunted passing attack of the Falcons led by Matt Ryan and Julo Jones. The Eagles kept it exciting as Wentz gave the Eagles a 3 point advantage with 3:13 left, but the Eagles defense couldn’t hang on giving up a 4th down 54 yard TD with 2:12 left in the game and the Eagles failed to score on their next possession giving the win to the Falcons.
Lions
Video The Lions came into the game looking to prove themselves after settling for a tie with the rebuilding Cardinals. But the Chargers dominated most of the day. They picked off Matt Stafford twice and kept the QB off balance before he connected with Kenny Galloday in the middle of the 4th quarter for a go ahead TD to give the Lions the lead. On the other side of the ball, Keenan Allen dominated the Lions Pro Bowler from last season, Darrius Slay, for most the game hauling in 8 catches for 98 yards, but Slay got the better of him at the end of the game picking off a Philip Rivers pass with a minute and ten seconds left when the Chargers were in position to attempt a 45 yard FG to tie the game. Slay's INT sealed the game giving the Lions second place in the division behind Packers and kept them undefeated.
2019 Pro Bowlers
Eagles Lions
DT Fletcher Cox (Starter) LS Don Muhlbach (Starter)
OG Brandon Brooks (Starter) CB Darrius Slay
TE Zach Ertz (Starter)
SS Malcom Jenkings (1st Alt)
OT Lane Johnson (1st Alt
General
Referee: Tony Corrente
Philadelphia has registered a 17-15-2 (.529) all-time record vs. Detroit (including playoffs). The Eagles have won 7 of the last 10 games (.700) in the series.
Philadelphia owns a 10-9 (.526) all-time record at home vs. Detroit, including a 2-1 mark at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles have posted a 5-1 record in their last 6 home games against the Lions (including playoffs).
The last time Philadelphia faced Detroit at Lincoln Financial Field was on 12/8/13 (W, 34-20).
Including playoffs, Philadelphia has recorded the 2nd-best home winning percentage (.778, 21-6) in the NFL since 2016, trailing only New England (.867, 26-4).
The Eagles have won 8 of their last 11 contests (.727) at Lincoln Financial Field (including playoffs), in addition to 17 of their last 21 home games (.810) overall.
Philadelphia leads the NFL in rushing defense (91.1) since 2016. The Eagles rank 3rd in that category (42.5) in 2019, behind Baltimore (20.5) and New Orleans (37.0).
Draft Picks
Eagles Lions
OT Andre Dillard TE T.J. Hockenson
RB Miles Sanders LB Jahlani Tavai
WR JJ Arcega-Whiteside S Will Harris
WR Shareff Miller DE Austin Bryant
QB Clayton Thorson(I suck and am a Cowboy Now) CB Amani Oruwariye
WR Travis Fulgham
RB Ty Johnson
TE Issac Nauta
DT P.J. Johnson
Notable Off-season Additions
Eagles Lions
WR Desean Jackson DE Trey Flowers
DT Malik Jackson TE Jesse James
DE Vinny Curry WR Danny Amendola
S Andrew Sendejo CB Justin Coleman
LB Zach Brown G Oday Aboushi
DT Hassan Ridgeway DT Mike Daniels
QB Josh McCown WR Jermaine Kearse
- DT Damon Harrison
Notable Off-season Departures
Eagles Lions
QB “Big Dick” Nick Foles S Glover Quin
DE Michael Bennett G TJ Lang
DE Chris Long DE Ezekiel Ansah
S Chris Maragos FB Nick Bellore
RB Jay Ajayi CB Nevin Lawson
RB Josh Adams RB Theo Riddick
RB Wendell Smallwood TE Levine Toilolo
WR Jordan Matthews DE Eli Harold
DT Haloti Ngata DE Kerry Hyder
G Laken Tomlinson
Milestones
Eagles QB Carson Wentz (74) needs 3 passing TDs to move up to 6th on the Eagles all-time passing TDs list moving ahead of Sonny Jurgenson.
Eagles TE Zach Ertz (29) needs 2 TDs to move up to 11th on the Eagles all-time receiving TD list all-time tying WR Jack Ferrante and Brent Celek
Eagles TE Zach Ertz (4953) needs 36 yards to move up to 8th on the Eagles all-time receiving yards list all-time passing his mentor TE *Brent Celek
Eagles TE Zach Ertz (4953) needs 47 yards for 5000 career receiving yards.
Eagles WR Desean Jackson (34) needs 2 TDs to move into a tie for 7th on the Eagles all-time receiving TD list tying Jeremy Maclin.
Eagles WR Desean Jackson (6271) needs 194 yards to move up to 3rd on the Eagles all-time receiving yard list to moving ahead of Mike Quick.
Eagles RB Darren Sproles needs 40 yards to move up to 5th on the NFL’s all-time all-purpose yards list passing WR Tim Brown.
Eagles S Malcolm Jenkins's (4) needs 1 more Interception for a TD to tie CB Eric Allen (5) for most Interceptions for a TD by an Eagles player.
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WDB Matchups (CAPS = expected shadow coverage)
Stats to Know
Stafford and the Deep Ball
Matthew Stafford is one of the most productive Quarterbacks in NFL history, but the deep ball has never been a huge factor in his game. In 2019, that’s not been the case. In two games--so a small sample size--Stafford has averaged the second-greatest percentage of all passes being throws at least 20 yards down the field, at 22.7%. Josh Rosen is tops, so far, at 28.6%. His Deep Adjusted Completion Percentage, though (completions + drops / aimed) is and typically has been middling, at 47.1%, where the average is 43.6%.
Matchups to Watch
Lions Pass Defense vs Eagles Receivers
I had to think about whether or not the Eagles would have receivers for this game – emphasis on the plural version. In week 2, the Eagles suffered a deluge of injuries at the WR spot essentially turning the WR room into this year’s version of the 2018 CB room. For all of the good the Eagles do with coaching and analytics, they have terrible injury luck. It warrants a lot of fan inquiries into what the Eagles are actually doing with regards to player health. Philly will likely be without Alshon, DJax, and Dallas Goedert in this contest, significantly altering the teams potential game plan for the Lions. The Lions have a decent secondary with stud Darius Slay and the always fun Quandre Diggs at safety. Slay will follow the oppositions top target from time to time which could end up being Zach Ertz given the amount of Eagles injuries. They’d be wise to do that since the Lions don’t have an LB to match up with Ertz. This could give Nelson Agholor an opportunity to be a key player for the team in this contest. As we saw just a week ago, he can bail you out and also help you lose at the same time. Carson Wentz took a lot more heat that deserved for his efforts against Atlanta despite some questionable first half play by helping give this team a late lead in a game they still should have won despite the adversity. He’ll have to lean on the inexperienced depth at receiver and the coaches will have to devise a game plan to help out Carson Wentz. Being down 3 out of your top 4 targets at once is a difficult hurdle to leap but one the Eagles have no choice but to do this week. The Lions will likely do what the Falcons did and stack the box, daring them to throw. The Eagles have the QB to execute the offense, but can the remaining receivers step up in an important spot?
Lions Defensive Front vs Eagles Offensive Line
The Eagles offensive line turned in a shaky performance last week against a Falcons defensive line that was hungry, desperate to right their season, and get revenge on their recent let downs against the Eagles. Brandon Brooks is the only guy on the line to have a great game, which says a lot about his recovery. Overall, I think too much has been said about Peters this week; while he wasn’t great against Atlanta, he did play well overall and wasn’t the main problem. Isaac Seumalo was the main culprit and an utter disaster against the gifted Grady Jarrett. I understand the frustration with his play but I think we need to remember that he has turned in some solid performances for the Eagles – including week 1 against a good opponent. It’s concerning that he regressed mightily to 2017 Week 2 form so quickly, but he deserves a chance to bounce back. He better quickly as the entire Detroit DL is talented and multiple in their looks. Snack Harrison, A’Shawn Robinson, Da’shawn Hand, Trey Flowers, and Mike Daniels can be very disruptive for the Lions. Matt Patricia isn’t afraid to line these guys anywhere; we should expect him to try and exploit Seumalo like the Falcons did. Seumalo needs to step up and the coaches need to find a way to make life easier for him. One thing to note… they should be better against the run than they’ve been. It’s odd to see this unit allow over 5 YPC in the young season. If the Eagles OL can play more disciplined this week, it’ll go a long way in helping the offense stay on schedule. Furthermore, they need to keep Wentz clean. There were times where Wentz welcomed the hits but more often than not the OL was beat cleanly and Wentz had to get hit in order to keep the play alive. Look at the Nelson Agholor drop and 4th down catch for example. Both were delivered as he was being hit. Those weren’t on Wentz. The OL allowed an alarming number of hits than we’re used to seeing.
Lions Passing Offense vs Eagles Pass Defense
As long as the Eagles don’t have a CB at the level of, say, Jalen Ramsey, the secondary will always be a question mark. This is especially true in a Jim Schwartz defense that sometimes doesn’t help hide the deficiencies his CBs have, resulting in big plays the other way. The Lions have a very good receiving room despite it not being as good as the Atlanta group the Eagles just faced. I also wonder if the Rocket Scientist knows that he has the 8th best passing offense by DVOA so far this season. Anyway, Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones are as good a deep ball pairing as you’ll see; they are paired with a QB in Stafford that has all the arm talent you could want and isn’t afraid to let it rip. Golladay and Jones don’t separate like Julio and Ridley, but they can make plays in tight situations routinely. Rookie TJ Hockenson is already a good tight end for the Lions. He can win in all areas of the field. Danny Amendola is a good underneath option to pair with the previous 3 players who help give him space to operate. Stafford is an aggressive passer that will take his shots when the opportunity presents itself, which it will Sunday. The Eagles CBs were up and down last week. Darby was roasted at times but also hung out to dry by the bad Andrew Sendejo. We saw improved play from Douglas and Jones in week 2. The Eagles will need that to continue Sunday. Hockenson will present a challenge since the Eagles haven’t faced a Tight End as talented as him in the early season. Coverage can help a pass rush, which would be useful in Philly’s case since the DL hasn’t been nearly as effective while sustaining injuries. They will need to clean up the mistakes they continue to see on the back end or else they’ll continue to allow big play after big play. Mixing up coverage tendencies would help the Eagles out too since it would present an entirely different look than what Schwartz normally shows. The most efficient way to win in the NFL is to pass and stop the pass. So far this season, the Eagles haven’t done a great job at stopping the pass. That needs to change and quickly.
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[Game Preview] Playoff Edition Wildcard Round - Chicago Bears (12-4) vs Philadelphia Eagles(9-7)

Philadelphia Eagles (9-7) at Chicago Bears (12-4)
Old Saint Nick delivered his Christmas gift of putting the Eagles in the playoffs with a little help from his next opponent the Chicago Bears who beat their division rival Redskins to knock the Vikings out of the playoffs allowing the Eagles to sneak in with their win over the rival Redskins. Nick will have to use all the magic left in that big ol dick of his this week as the Bears come into the game with the best defense in football and are in the top 10 in nearly every defensive category. Their defense was good last season, but went to great when they traded for Khalil Mack before the season started. Mack is a terror for opposing offenses with 12.5 sacks and 6 forced fumbles this season, the Eagles OL and Nick Foles will need to know where Mack is at all times on the football field. I expect the game plan will be similar to when the Eagles played Mack last season using a variety of double teams to keep him off his game. On the otherside the defense has been playing better of late and shut out the beat up Washington Redskins offense holding them to mere 89 yards on offense. They will be put to the test this week taking on Matt Nagy's offense that Trubisky has thrived in this season. The DL will need to find away to get past a talented Bears OL and wreak havoc in the backfield to make Trubisky uncomfortable and stop the talented 1-2 punch of the Bears run game. The game will be a chess match between two old friends who should be very familiar with one another. Not only to Pederson and Nagy both come up under Andy Reid, but they both joined the Eagles staff in the 2009 and 2008 seasons and stayed with Reid when he went to Kansas City with Nagy taking the QB coach position and Pederson taking the OC slot. So coaching together for 7 straight seasons should give each other some ideas what the other will do and make for an entertaining football game. Go Birds!
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Date
Sunday, January 6th, 2019
Game Time Game Location
4:40 PM - Eastern Soldier Field
3:40 PM - Central 1410 S Museum Campus Drive
2:40 PM - Mountain Chicago, IL 60605
1:40 PM - Pacific Wikipedia - Map
Weather Forecast
Stadium Type: Open Air
Surface: Grass
Temperature: 43°F
Feels Like: 39°F
Forecast: Overcast. Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
Chance of Precipitation: 0%
Cloud Coverage: 100%
Wind: ESE 7 MPH
Betting Odds
Oddsshark Information
Favorite/Opening Line: Chicago by -5.5
OveUnder: 41
Record VS. Spread: Philadelphia 6-9-1, Chicago 12-4
Where to Watch on TV
NBC will broadcast Sunday’s game to a national audience. Al Michaels will handle the play-by-play duties and Chris Collinsworth will provide analysis. Michele Tafoya and Heather Cox will report from the sidelines.
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Calling the game on 94WIP and the Eagles Radio Network will be Merrill Reese, the NFL’s longest-tenured play-by-play announcer (41st season). Joining Reese in the radio booth will be former Eagles All-Pro wide receiver Mike Quick, while Howard Eskin will report from the sidelines.
Location Station Frequency
Philadelphia, PA WIP-FM 94.1 FM and 610 AM
Allentown, PA WCTO-FM 96.1 FM
Atlantic City/South Jersey WENJ-FM 97.3 FM
Levittown, PA WBCB-AM 1490 AM
Northumberland, PA WEGH-FM 107.3 FM
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Reading, PA WEEU-AM 830 AM
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Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WEJL-AM 630 AM
Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WBAX-AM 1240 AM
Williamsport, PA WBZD-FM 93.3 FM
Wilmington, DE WDEL-FM/AM 101.7 FM
York/LancasteHarrisburg, PA WSOX-FM 96.1 FM
Philadelphia Spanish Radio
Rickie Ricardo, Macu Berral and Gus Salazar will handle the broadcast in Spanish on Mega 105.7 FM in Philadelphia and the Eagles Spanish Radio Network.
Location Station Frequency
Philadelphia, PA LA MEGA 105.7 FM
Allentown, PA WSAN 1470 AM
Atlantic City, NJ WIBG 1020 AM; 101.3 FM
Bears Radio
Chicago Bears Network Jeff Joniak (play-by-play) and Tom Thayer (analyst) will call the game with Zach Zaidman on the sidelines.
National Radio
Westwood One Radio will carry the game nationally with Kevin Harlan (play-by-play) and James Lofton (analyst) and Laura Okmin(sideline).
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NFC East Standings
NFC EAST W PCT Home Road Div Conf PF PA Net Pts Strk
Cowboysx 10-6 .625 7-1 3-5 5-1 9-3 339 324 15 2W
Eaglesy 9-7 .563 5-3 4-4 4-2 6-6 367 348 19 3W
Redskins 7-9 .438 3-5 4-4 2-4 6-6 281 359 -78 2L
Giants 5-11 .313 2-6 3-5 1-5 4-8 369 412 -43 3L
[x]-Clinched Division [y]-Clinched Wildcard [z]= Clinched 1st round bye [*]-Clinched Home Field Advantage
NFC Playoff Picture
Seed Team Division Record
1 Saints South 13-3
2 Rams West 13-3
3 Bears North 12-4
4 Cowboys East 10-6
5 Seahawks West 11-4
6 Eagles East 9-7
This Weekends NFC Games
Game Time Location
Seahawks @ Cowboys 1/5/2018 8:15PM EST AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX
Eagles @ Bears 1/6/2018 4:40PM EST Soldier Field, Chicago, IL
AFC Playoff Picture
Seed Team Division Record
1 Chiefs West 12-4
2 Patriots East 11-5
3 Texans South 11-5
4 Ravens North 10-6
5 Chargers West 12-4
6 Colts South 10-6
This Weekends AFC Games
Game Time Location
Colts @ Texans 1/5/2018 4:35PM EST NRG Stadium, Houston, TX
Chargers @ Ravens 1/6/2018 1:05PM EST M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, MD
Series Information
Chicago Bears lead the Philadelphia Eagles (30-14-1), (Eagles lead 2-1 postseason)
Series History
Head to Head Box Scores
First Game Played
November 12th, 1933 at the Baker Bowl in Philadelphia, PA. Chicago Bears 3 - Philadelphia Eagles 3
Points Leader
The Chicago Bears lead the Philadelphia Eagles (977-710)
Coaches Record
Doug Pederson: 2-0 against the Bears
Matt Nagy: 0-0 against Eagles
Coaches Head to Head
Doug Pederson vs Matt Nagy: First Meeting of the Coaches
Quarterback Record
Nick Foles: Against Bears: 1-1
Mitch Trubisky: Against Eagles 0-1
Quarterbacks Head to Head
Nick Foles vs Mitch Trubisky: First Meeting between the QBs
Records per Stadium
Record @ Lincoln Financial Field: Series tied: 2-2
Record @ Soldier Field: Bears lead Eagles: 8-6
Rankings and Last Meeting Information
AP Pro 32 Ranking
Eagles No. 15 - Bears No. 3
Record
Eagles: 9-7
Bears: 12-4
Last Meeting
Sunday, November 26th, 2017
Eagles 31 - Bears 3
he game many expected could be a trap for the Eagles turned into a rout of the Bears 31-3. The Eagles controlled both sides of the line of scrimmage and dominated the Bears running backs sending them the wrong direction as they ended the day with -6 yards rushing. The Eagles secondary also picked off Mitch Trubisky twice on the day. On offense, the Eagles running game was on point as they ran for 176 and Carson Wentz threw for 3 TDs and 227 yards before an early exit in the 4th quarter to prevent injury and give Nick Foles some playing time. The Eagles had their first 100 yard receiver this season as Zach Ertz crossed the century mark. The game wasn’t perfect though both Blount and Ajayi fumbled the football running and Malcom Jenkins fumbled after making a nice interception.
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Last Meeting at Site
Monday, September 19th, 2016
Eagles 29 - Bears 16
In Wentz’s second career game he threw for 190 yards and a TD while showing plenty of poise, just as he did in his debut against Cleveland. Ryan Mathews found the end zone two times rushing. The Eagles held the Bears in check most of the day and while Philadelphia was pulling away, Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler walked to the locker room with a right thumb injury and did not return. That was the biggest blow for the Bears (0-2), who lost several players and fell again after opening with a loss at Houston. It's not the sort of start they envisioned in their second year under coach John Fox after finishing last in the NFC North. But they continued to struggle at home, where they were 1-7 in 2016.
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Last 10 Meetings
Date Winner Loser Score
11/26/2017 Eagles Bears 31-3
9/19/2016 Eagles Bears 29-14
12/22/2013 Eagles Bears 54-11
11/7/2011 Bears Eagles 30-24
11/28/2010 Bears Eagles 31-26
11/22/2009 Eagles Bears 24-20
9/28/2008 Bears Eagles 24-20
10/21/2007 Bears Eagles 19-16
10/3/2004 Eagles Bears 19-9
11/3/2002 Eagles Bears 19-13
Injury Reports Depth Charts
Eagles Eagles
Bears Bears
2018 Weekly Matchup Picks
Wildcard - "Expert" Picks
2018 Team Stats
Eagles Season Stats
Bears Season Stats
2018 Stats (Starters/Leaders)
Passing
Name CMP ATT PCT YDS TD INT RAT
Foles 141 195 72.3% 1413 7 4 96.0
Trubisky 289 434 66.6% 3223 24 12 95.4
Rushing
Name ATT YDS YDS/G AVG TD
Adams 120 511 36.5 4.3 3
Howard 250 935 58.4 3.7 9
Receiving
Name REC YDS YDS/G AVG TD
Ertz 116 1163 72.7 10.0 8
Cohen 71 725 45.3 10.2 5
Sacks
Name Sacks Team Total
Cox 10.5 44.0
Mack 12.5 50.0
Tackles
Name Total Solo Assist Sacks
Jenkins 97 79 18 1.0
Smith 121 89 32 5.0
Interceptions
Name Ints Team Total
Douglas 3 10
Fuller 7 27
Punting
Name ATT YDS LONG AVG NET IN 20 TB BP
Johnston 61 2937 68 48.1 42.7 24 7 0
O'Donnell 62 2791 65 45.0 39.7 28 7 1
Kicking
Name ATT MADE % LONG PAT
Elliot 31 26 83.9% 61 33/35
Parkey 30 23 76.7% 50 42/45
Kick Returns
Name ATT YDS AVG LONG TD
Scott 4 96 24.0 35 0
Cunningham 8 173 21.6 31 0
Punt Returns
Name RET YDS AVG LONG TD FC
Sproles 10 83 8.3 14 0 9
Cohen 33 413 12.5 44 0 21
League Rankings 2018
Offense Rankings
Category Eagles Stat Eagles Rank Bears Stat Bears Rank
Total Offense 365.7 14th 343.9 21st
Rush Offense 98.1 28th 121.1 11th
Pass Offense 267.2 7th 222.8 21st
Points Per Game 22.9 18th 26.3 9th
3rd-Down Offense 41.0% 12th 41.0% 11th
4th-Down Offense 60.9% 10th 60.0% T-11th
Red Zone Offense (TD%) 57.9% 17th 66.7% T-6th
Defense Rankings
Category Eagles Stat Eagles Rank Bears Stat Bears Rank
Total Defense 366.2 23rd 299.7 3rd
Rush Defense 96.9 7th 80.0 1st
Pass Defense 269.3 30th 219.7 7th
Points Per Game 21.8 12th 17.7 1st
3rd-Down Defense 35.3% 6th 34.3% 4th
4th-Down Defense 57.9% 19th 57.1% 18th
Red Zone Defense (TD%) 44.6% 1st 50.0% T-5th
Team
Category Eagles Stat Eagles Rank Bears Stat Bears Rank
Turnover Diff. -6 25th +12 3rd
Penalty Per Game 6.3 9th 6.1 8th
Penalty Yards Per Game 53.3 T-8th 49.8 6th
Recap from Last Week’s Games.
Eagles - Video – The Eagles looked to keep their season alive and Super Bowl MVP came out to play as Foles threw tied an NFL record for most consecutive completions when threw 25 straight completions that were part of 221 yards 2 TD 1 INT stat line. On the other side of the ball, the Eagles were even more dominant against a beat up Redskins offense holding them to a paltry 89 yards on offense in a shutout. Fletcher Cox feasted with 3 sacks in the game and Douglas had an interception as the Eagles got the job done against their division rival.
Bears - Video – The Bears took on their division rival with a bye at stake if the 49ers were able to pull an upset over on the Rams. The Vikings had more to play for as they were win and in for the playoffs came out flat as the Bears dominated them in every aspect of the football game. The Vikings 84 million dollar man does what he does in big games and crumbled throwing for just 132 yards and a TD. Meanwhile, the Bears refused to let up as Howard and Cohen combined for 134 yards and 3 TDs on the ground. Once the Ramns game was out of reach many backups came in for the Bears, but it didn't make a lick of difference as they held onto the win and knocked their division rival out of the playoffs allowing the Eagles to sneak in who they will play this Sunday.
Connections
Bears HC Matt Nagy got his first coaching job with the Eagles in 2008 working as in intern and moving up to a coaching assistant in 2010 and offensive quality control coach in 2011-12.
Eagles HC Doug Pederson and Bears Hc Matt Nagy are both part of the Andy Reid coaching tree and the two worked together with the Eagles and Chiefs from 2009-2015.
Bears OL Coach Harry Hiestand was bord in Malvern, PA and attended East Stroudsburg University which is where his coaching career began.
Eagles DE Chris Long is the older brother of Bears OL Kyle Long.
Trey Burton was a signed as an undrafted FA in 2014 and played 4 seasons with the Eagles from 2014-2017 winning a Super Bowl with them in 2017 and was part of the magical "Philly Special" throwing the TD pass to Nick Foles.
Bears K Cody Parkey played 2 seasons with the Eagles from 2014-2015.
Bears backup QB Chase Daniel played 1 season with the Eagles in 2016.
Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery was drafted by the Bears in 2nd round of the 2012 draft and played 5 seasons with them from 2012-2016.
Eagles S Corey Graham was drafted by the Bears in the 5th round of the 2007 draft and played 5 seasons with them from 2007-2011.
Eagles S Deiondre’ Hall was drafted by the Bears in the 4th round of the 2016 draft and played 2 seasons with them before he was traded to the Eagles in 2018 for a 2019 7th round pick.
Eagles CB Cre'Von LeBlanc played 2 seasons with the Bears from 2016-2017.
Eagles LS Rick Lavato (Husband to Demi Lavato per Tony Romo) was signed as an undrafted FA by the Bears in 2015, but waived at the end of training camp.
Eagles VP of Player Personnel Joe Douglas worked as the director of scouting for the Bears in 2015.
Eagles Director of Pro Personnel Dwayne Joseph played for the Bears from 1994-1996 and worked for the Bears in various scouting roles (Coordinator of player programed (1998-2000), Director of Player Development (2001-2003), Assistant Director of College Scouting (2012), Assistant Director of Pro Personnel (2013-2015).
Eagles OC Mike Groh worked as the Bears WR Coach from 2013-2015.
Eagles DL Coach Phillip Daniels played four seasons for the Bears from 2000-2003.
2019 Pro Bowlers
Eagles Bears
DT Fletcher Cox (Starter) OLB Khalil Mack (Starter)
OG Brandon Brooks (Starter) CB Kyle Fuller (Starter)
TE Zach Ertz (Starter) FS Eddie Jackson (Starter)
RS Tarik Cohen (Starter)
DT Akiem Hicks
General
Referee: Tony Corrente
Philadelphia is 2-1 all-time vs. Chicago in the playoffs. The last time the Eagles faced the Bears in the postseason was on 1/19/02, when they won 33-19 at Soldier Field.
Philadelphia has won 3 consecutive regular-season games vs. Chicago. Since 1994, the Eagles have produced a 10-5 record against the Bears (including playoffs).
The Eagles and Bears have faced off 48 times, but have only tied once in their first meeting in 1933.
Avonte Maddox has allowed the second lowest passer rating in the NFL this season.
In the last 2 years, Nick Foles is 8-0 in games started (and finished) for the #Eagles in December or later.
Chicago finished first in defensive DVOA — both regular and weighted (which factors in recent performances more). They were first against the pass and second against the run.
The Bears allowed an NFL-low 17.7 points per game.
Fun Fact
On New Year’s Eve, 1988, the Eagles lost a postseason heartbreaker to the Bears in Chicago, in a game that has gone down in history as “The Fog Bowl.” Meteorologically, the title was well-earned. Lake Michigan sent a blinding sheet of fog over Soldier Field late in the first half, and the haze stayed put until the very last play. Visibility was so bad that most players couldn’t see beyond 10 yards in front of their faces. Up in the public address booth, Bears play-by-play announcer Jim Riebandt had to get game updates relayed to him from an usher who was standing on the field with a two-way radio. Video
Draft Picks
Eagles Bears
TE Dallas Goedert LB Roquan Smith
CB Avonte Maddox C James Daniels
DE Josh Sweat WR Anthony Miller
T Matt Pryor LB Joel Iyiegbuniwe
T Jordan Mailata DT Bilal Nichols
DE Kylie Fitts
WR Javon Wims
Notable Off-season Additions
Eagles Bears
WR Mike Wallace OLB Khalil Mack
WR Markus Wheaton WR Allen Robinson
DT Haloti Ngata TE Trey Burton
P Cameron Johnston WR Taylor Gabriel
DT Bruce Hector K Cody Parkey
LB DJ Alexander QB Chase Daniel
WR Jordan Matthews OLB Aaron Lynch
QB Tyler Bray
Notable Off-season Departures
Eagles Bears
DE Vinny Curry LB Jerrell Freeman
WR Torrey Smith OG Josh Sitton
RB Kenjon Barner LB Pernell McPhee
RB LaGarrett Blount LB Christian Jones
LB RB Mychal Kendricks S Quintin Demps
CB Patrick Robinson L Cairo Santos
TE Trey Burton DE Mitch Unrein
DT Beau Allen LS Andrew DePaola
P Donnie Jones OL Thomas Compton
WR Marcus Johnson WR Kendell Wright
TE Brent Celek WR Cameron Meredith
LB Will Compton
TE Niles Paul
PFF Stats to Know
Chicago Running Backs
Tarik Cohen and Jordan Howard are going to need to be planned for. With injuries to the Eagles' defensive backfield, it's going to be a major task. Let's get to it. Cohen and Howard will not get many yards after contact (the Bears' offense generally does not generate much YAC or RAC). Cohen is ranked 58th and Howard is 37th in rushing yards after contact per attempt Cohen is tied for a close 2nd in % targets for overall snaps and 7th in % of his targets coming from the Slot. When aligned in the Slot, though, Cohen has generated the 2nd-most Yards Per Route Run, at 3.19. Overall, Cohen has the highest YPRR and 3rd-most receiving yards of RBs. Cohen has had an atrocious 7 fumbles in 2018 (3 lost). Jordan Howard is 7th in 1st Downs generated and 47th in Yards Per Attempt. Howard is 6th in Rushing Attempts (250), still, for 935 yards (14th).
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WDB Matchups
Matchups to Watch
Eagles Offensive Line vs. Bears Pass Rush
The Eagles snuck into the playoffs after week 17 with some help from their current opponent 10 years after the 44-6 beat down of the Cowboys to accomplish the same feat. The Eagles enter the playoffs as the 6 seed and rightful underdogs even with the recent success and face a Bears team that is strong on both sides of the ball - especially on defense. There are many layers to this matchup but for the Eagles it'll always start up front. Prior to the season the Bears traded for Khalil Mack after Jon Gruden decided to be an idiot. The Bears defense was already pretty good but Mack pushed the unit over the top. The Eagles have game planned for Mack before when he was on the Raiders and held him in check for the most part. However, the depth of talent on the Bears defensive front far surpasses the talent on the Raiders 2017 defensive front. To make matters worse for the Eagles, the Bears defense is strong at all 3 levels so they'll really need to win regularly up front to have any kind of success on offense. Akiem Hicks is a stout IDL who is having a strong season in a year where IDL across the league are making big impacts. Eddie Goldman is another DT for the Bears and together with Hicks formed a formidable duo prior to Mack's arrival. Mack and Hicks both have over 50 pressures for Bears defense and force a lot of offenses into making mistakes. Additionally, the entire defensive front is stout against the run as well. This is a complete unit and will need the Eagles OL to rise to the occasion as they have so often of late. Lane Johnson, Brandon Brooks, and Jason Kelce form the best right side of an OL in the NFL and all are having All Pro caliber years. Despite not playing at his usual Hall of Fame level, Jason Peters is still a good left tackle and Wis or Seumalo can hold their own at LG. This is a premier battle that can really help the Eagles win since there are many layers to this Bears defense as it is that will make the Eagles offense earn everything it can get. In their push for the post season, the Eagles defense neutralized the pass rush for the Cowboys, Rams, Texans, and Redskins on two occasions. They'll need it again for this one.
Eagles Defensive Line vs. Bears Offensive Line
The Bears enter this contest with one of the best offensive lines in terms of pass blocking efficiency per PFF this season and have veteran Kyle Long making his second consecutive start after returning from injury. Additionally, Matt Nagy runs a creative offense that does a lot to ease the pressure the offensive line can face. Fletcher Cox is having another All Pro caliber season for the Eagles with 95 pressures (per PFF) this season; that number is second only to Aaron Donald in the NFL. That's not just for his position, that is for all pass rushers. Cox is a complete player that will likely draw a lot of attention from the Bears offensive line. They'll need Timmy Jernigan and Haloti Ngata to step up opposite him and make some noise with the 1v1 matchups they'll likely get. Furthermore, Michael Bennett, Chris Long, and Brandon Graham will need to continue with their high level of play of late and take advantages of the matchups they'll get with the extra attention Cox will receive. As with any young QB, Trubisky is far less effective as a passer when he is under pressure and can be prone to throwing an interceptable pass or two. The Eagles defense has been very opportunistic of late forcing a lot of turnovers. The depleted secondary has done their part but it's the defensive line that can really change the game. Trubisky has made a lot of progress since last year but is still mistake prone. This is fine for the Bears as he'll likely improve especially with the quality coaching he has around him. But for now, this Eagles defense can help win this game by forcing him into negative plays. Lastly, controlling the Bears offensive line in the run game will help make the offense one dimensional. Force the Bears offense into unfavorable down and distances and their success rate drops. It'll be important to keep them off schedule and the defensive line will play a big role in that.
Eagles Pass Defense vs Bears Weapons
The Bears have done a great job surrounding Trubisky with plenty of weapons that can attack and win against every defense in a variety of ways. They added the big body receiver in Allen Robinson, the speedster in Taylor Gabriel, the versatile WR Anthony Miller, Trey Burton, and finally Tarik Cohen as a natural matchup nightmare for any defense. All of these guys have a trump card that can help the offense win and all are solid route runners to give Trubisky space to throw the football. Jordan Howard is a solid running back and it'll be important to contain him but Tarik Cohen is the matchup nightmare the Eagles must contain. Cohen will line up everywhere and take a lot of snaps as a wide receiver which gives the Bears the ability put the offense up against favorable defensive alignments. He's explosive with the ball in his hands and is a true competitor. The offense is much more dynamic and explosive when he is on the field. Lately the Eagles defense has done a great job containing opposing RBs but the depth of weapons and the scheme Nagy runs will really test the Eagles back end. Jim Schwartz has done a great job helping this defense finish 12th in points allowed, 1st in red zone defense, and 6th best third down defense despite all of the injuries. They'll need that performance again against an offense that'll stress every blade of grass and take what you give them.
Eagles Pass Offense vs Bears Pass Defense
This is the matchup every fan should be worried about no matter how much you trust the coaches and QB to execute at a high level. The Bears enter this contest with the leagues best pass defense with plenty of high end talent and excellent coaching that have largely shut down their opposition all year. Additionally, the Bears secondary is incredible at forcing turnovers and lead the league by a large margin in interceptions. The Bears added a ton of playmakers on offense to help out Trubisky but have a ton of playmakers on defense to elevate the entire team. Few teams have been as good as the Bears have against the pass this year and 3 of the 4 that did it won the Super Bowl - leave it to the Vikings to choke. If there is a "weakness" to this defense it is outside at CB (Amukamara), LBs in coverage, and Eddie Jacksons injury status (though he'll likely play). Points will be tough to come by as will running. I would expect the coaching staff to try to use the short passing game like they did against the Texans as an extension of the run game to keep the offense on schedule. An additional benefit of this attack is it gives Foles high percentage throws to limit the potential for turnovers. The Eagles need to take this game to the Bears defense but do so smartly. Even if Amukamara is a "weak link" he really isn't a weak link. Even if the Bears don't have elite coverage LBs they have 2 Safeties that are great in coverage. It would be smart for the Eagles to take their shots with Alshon Jeffery as he is their best man coverage receiver. It would be pretty surprising for the Eagles to put up an offensive performance similar to the NFCCG but they do have the talent to be able to at least score some points. They just need to be mindful of all the things Fangio does on the back end to confuse the QB and generate turnovers. The offense needs to stay on schedule to limit low percentage opportunities.
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