After the Chicago Bears’ strong 24-10 Week 17 win over the Minnesota Vikings, The Monsters of the Midway are the third seed in the NFC heading into the playoffs.
The Bears finish the season with a 12-4 record and an NFC North title. This will be the Bears’ first playoff berth since 2010. Here is a breakdown of the Bears’ playoff schedule.
After a Week 17 victory over Washington, the Philadelphia Eagles jumped ahead of the Vikings into the sixth position to claim the final wild-card spot in the NFC. The Bears will host the Eagles on Wildcard Weekend. The Eagles used a late run in the regular season to push past a faltering Vikings team in the standings.
Philadelphia and Chicago didn’t meet during the regular season, but the game will pit the two hottest teams in the NFC against each other. Both head into the playoffs on winning streaks. The Bears are 7-1 at home, so they are set up to have a clear edge over the Eagles at Soldier Field.
That said, Philadelphia is the defending Super Bowl champion. With QB Nick Foles in again for the injured Carson Wentz, the Eagles look like real contenders for the second consecutive season.
When Do They Play?
The Bears will host the Eagles on Sunday, January 6 at 4:40 pm ET.
Looking Ahead to the Battle With the Eagles
The Eagles mauled Washington on Sunday 24-0 behind a smothering defense and efficient play from Foles. Washington’s offense is a joke with no real threat at quarterback, thus the Eagles had the simplest of tasks of any team vying for a playoff spot or positioning on the final day of the regular season.
Clearly, the Bears are a different team. Mitchell Trubisky isn’t the finished product, but the dual-threat offers much more for the Eagles’ defense to worry about. Chicago also has more weapons than Washington with Tarik Cohen, Allen Robinson, Jordan Howard, Trey Burton, and Taylor Gabriel. We don’t know about the availability of rookie receiver Anthony Miller. He injured his shoulder in the first half against the Vikings, but even without him, Chicago’s offense should be OK.
As improved as the Bears’ offense is over last year’s attack, Chicago has gotten this far on the strength of its defense.
It is clearly the best in the NFL and they proved that again on Sunday in dominating the Vikings.
Foles suffered an injury to his midsection late against Washington, and for now, his status for the playoffs is unknown. Wentz is dealing with a back fracture, so it’s unclear if he’ll be an option, which would leave third-stringer Nate Sudfield. If neither Foles or Wentz can go, the Bears have to like their chances against an Eagles team led by Sudfield.
The 25-year-old was a sixth-round pick out of Indiana in 2016, and he’s thrown just 25 passes in his career. Sudfeld’s late TD pass to Nelson Agholor was the first of his career. Chicago won’t underestimate the defending champions, but it should like its chances in the first round.