Eagles-Bears predictions, key matchups

It's "must win" Sunday for the Eagles as they head to Chicago to face the Bears in another prime-time game.

Les Bowen will be blogging from the stadium throughout tonight, but we get your Sunday going with the staff predictions and key matchups.


Les Bowen: Eagles, 23-17

Ed Barkowitz: Eagles, 24-9

Bill Conlin: Bears, 24-20

Paul Domowitch: Bears, 24-20

Marcus Hayes: Eagles, 24-20

Mike Kern: Eagles, 23-17

Vegas Vic: Eagles, 27-17


David Haugh: Eagles 27-24

Fred Mitchell: Eagles 27-20

Vaughn McClure: Eagles 28-21

Rick Morrissey: Bears 20-17

Dan Pompei: Bears 28-27

More analysis from Tribune writers, by clicking here


1. Eagles WRs DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin vs. Bears CBs Charles Tillman and Zack Bowman. Jackson and Maclin have combined for eight TD catches. Tillman and Bowman are bigger corners, who will try to jam Eagles wideouts at the line. Advantage: Eagles

2. Eagles RDE Trent Cole vs. Bears LT Orlando Pace. Pace once was one of the top left tackles in the game, but at 35, he's lost a yard off his fastball. Cole has developed into an outstanding every-down end. Advantage: Eagles

3. Eagles LCB Asante Samuel vs. Bears WR Devin Hester. Samuel has a team-high five interceptions. Hester has 48 receptions, but just one TD in the last six games. Advantage: Eagles

For Domo's complete scouting report, click here


Al Michaels: "The Eagles are what the NFL has become: very unpredictable. They were playing pretty well, then inexplicably lost to Oakland -- how did that happen? -- come back and kill the Giants, close game against Dallas but can't deliver, fall way behind in San Diego and rally but lose again. The one thing about the Eagles that people should know by now -- the last few years this has happened -- is they'll look like they're dead, and all of a sudden they play extremely well down the stretch."

Cris Collinsworth: "Jay Cutler really needs a 'moment' with these Bears fans where they embrace him. I can't think of a better moment than against Donovan McNabb. There have always been backdoor rumors about 'Would Donovan ever go home to play in Chicago?' Now he comes in against the Bears, who have not done well in prime-time games. Cutler has not done well in prime-time games. But now for the first time on Sunday night, they're playing at home, and they need a good game. They need it for everybody, and not just Jay Cutler."