This Sunday the Philadelphia Eagles (9-1) will host the Chicago Bears (3-7). Kickoff is set for 1:00 EST at Lincoln Financial Field and will be televised locally on FOX.
Oddsmakers currently have Philadelphia listed as a 13.5-point home favorite with a total set at 44 points. Check out our Week 12 NFL odds page for a full betting schedule and more links to our individual game previews.
Bears vs Eagles Vegas Betting Preview & Game Odds
Chicago comes into this one off a crushing 24-27 loss at home to the Lions as a 3-point underdog. The Bears jumped out to a 10-0 lead and were up 17-7 midway through the 2nd quarter. Detroit then scored two touchdowns right before half to take a 21-17 lead. Chicago would tie it late in the 4th quarter at 24-24, but the Lions would seal the deal with a 52-yards field goal in the final minutes for the win.
Philadelphia was able to overcome a slow start at Dallas and cruise to a 37-9 win over the Cowboys on Sunday Night Football, easily covering as a 6-point favorite. The Eagles actually went into the half trailing Dallas 7-9, but would go on to outscore the Cowboys 30-0 in the final two periods for their 8th straight win. Philadelphia has also covered the number in each of their last 7 games, as they are 8-2 ATS on the season.
Free NFL Betting Pick & ATS Predictions: Eagles -13.5
I don’t have a great feel for this one. History tells us that the big dog is the right side of this game, but I just don’t want anything to do with having to sweat it out with Chicago against the Eagles. Philadelphia hasn’t had much problem blowing out bad teams this season, especially at home where they are 5-0 and outscoring opponents on average by 18.2 ppg (35.8 – 17.6). Chicago has a couple of impressive wins at home over the Steelers and Panthers, but are just 1-3 on the road, where they are getting outscored by 12.0 ppg (15 to 27).
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No question that we are paying an inflated price here with the Eagles, but I just don’t think it’s asking a lot for this team to win here by at least two touchdowns. The only real hope for Chicago backers in this game is that Philadelphia doesn’t show up after their big game last week against the Cowboys. I could see that potentially being the case if this was on the road, but not at home.
The other key here is I just don’t like this matchup for the Bears offense. Rookie quarterback Mitch Trubisky is a work in progress. He’s started 6 games and has thrown for more than 180 yards just once. The problem here is that he’s likely going to have to put the offense on his shoulders, as the Bears rushing attack figures to be in for a long day here against the Eagles top ranked run defense, which is giving up just 71.0 ypg. I think that’s a recipe for disaster.
The one thing that has allowed the Bears to be competitive is their defense, but I have major concerns with that side of the ball given the injuries that are starting to pile up. Chicago just lost one of the best pass rushers in outside linebacker Leonard Floyd. Keep in mind they are already down outside linebacker Willie Young and inside linebacker Danny Trevathan has yet to practice after missing the last two games. The Bears could also be without nose tackle Eddie Goldman, who is questionable after leaving their last game against Detroit. Goldman’s loss would be a big one, as the nose tackle is arguably the most underrated position in the 3-4 scheme.
Even if the Bears were at full strength they would have their hands full against this Eagles offense. Carson Wentz is playing at a Pro Bowl level right now and Philadelphia’s offense has now scored at least 33 points in 4 straight games. I just don’t see how the Bears are going to score enough here to keep this one close. Give me the Eagles -13.5!