Matchup No. 3: Khalil Mack and the Bears defense against Nick Foles
Nick Foles is heading into Sunday’s game banged up with bruised ribs.
That doesn’t sound too ideal to me. Especially going up against Khalil Mack.
The Chicago Bears have arguably the best defense in the entire league. Nick Foles is, yes, a career backup quarterback. This isn’t looking good for the Eagles.
However, it is a must-have matchup if the Bears want to win. Foles has shown the incredible ability to over perform, namely by throwing seven touchdowns, or by winning the Super Bowl MVP.
Foles is no franchise quarterback, but as of late, he’s shown that he’s also no slouch. Foles can, and will, go off for big games if given the opportunity to through poor opposition defense, and big momentum plays on offense.
The Bears front-seven absolutely must attack Foles all afternoon. Sacking him is great, but by pressuring him into poor throws into a top-five Bears secondary, the Bears will be giving the Eagles fits on defense all day long.
Additionally, the Bears defense has to shut down any opportunity at big plays from Foles. Whether it be long distance bombs to Jeffery or Nelson Agholor, trick plays, or anything of that nature, keeping all momentum with the Bears will be beneficial in securing a win on Sunday.
Finally, the Bears need to minimize Foles into a liability for the Eagles. Foles may be a starting quarterback-caliber player, but he’s no Pro Bowler, and by exposing his weaknesses with pressure and punishment, the Bears will easily come out victorious on Sunday.