The Chicago Bears will take on the defending champion Philadelphia Eagles over Wildcard Weekend.
Matt Nagy doesn’t play nice, and for the first time in decades, fans of the Chicago Bears have the kind of coach they can stand up and cheer for. Nagy played his guys for the majority of the game on Sunday, as the Bears defeated their division rival Minnesota Vikings while helping knock them out of the playoffs.
Just a couple of weeks ago, the Bears did the exact same to yet another NFC North foe. The Green Bay Packers were sent packing when they lost to the Bears, so that makes a pair of bitter rivals the Bears have been responsible for knocking out of contention.
They had a little help on Sunday, as the Philadelphia Eagles took care of business against the Washington Redskins. Philly needed to win in order for the Vikings to be completely eliminated, and they did.
This weekend, the Bears and Eagles will square off in a wildcard matchup. Already, it appears the Bears may have a huge advantage.
Nick Foles was hurt in the game against Washington, but according to this report by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the veteran quarterback might be alright.
Chances are, though, Foles would be sore if he suited up. Just six days after bruising his ribs, he’ll have to take on the league’s most frightening defense in the Bears. With Foles playing at potentially below 100 percent, defensive coordinator Vic Fangio could have a field day with his crew.
If, for some reason, Foles is unable to suit up, it will be 2016 sixth-round pick Nate Sudfeld who takes the field against the Monsters of the Midway.
In either scenario, the Bears have a clear-cut advantage. The most opportunistic defense in the league either gets a backup quarterback with ginger ribs, or a third string quarterback with zero experience in the postseason — and only 24 career attempts in the regular season.
The Bears will be at home, where they are 7-1 this season. Defensively, they could even have safety Eddie Jackson back. Combine that with Khalil Mack and his Pro Bowl-filled squad, and either of those quarterbacks are going to have a tough time advancing their team past the wildcard round.
We will continue to monitor the status of Foles and ensure to provide fans with the latest news and opinion on all matters regarding your 2018 playoff-bound Chicago Bears.