Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Who's picking the Eagles?

Before we get to our weekly look at who's picking the Eagles, a quick note on the Giants.

Who's picking the Eagles?

Can Donovan McNabb and the Eagles get back on track this weekend against the Bears? (Ron Cortes / Staff Photographer)
Can Donovan McNabb and the Eagles get back on track this weekend against the Bears? (Ron Cortes / Staff Photographer)

Before we get to our weekly look at who's picking the Eagles, a quick note on the Giants.

Linebacker Antonio Pierce is out indefinitely with a bulging disc in his neck. It's a bizarre story. Pierce practiced all week, per Mike Garafolo of The Newark Star-Ledger, but underwent an MRI Friday afternoon.

“I'm shocked with what I heard from the doctors this afternoon,” Pierce said in a release. “I had no idea that what happened a few weeks ago could keep me off the field. I didn't think it was that serious. I'm going to do everything the doctors tell me to do so I can get back out on the field as soon as possible.”

The Eagles and Giants play for a second time in Week 14. Both are 5-4 entering Week 11.

And now, the picks roundup:

Les Bowen of the Daily News goes with the Eagles, 23-17.

Paul Domowitch of the Daily News has the Bears, 24-20.

SI.com's Peter King likes the Birds, 20-17:

To quote the Soldier Field crowd when Jay Cutler jogs out of the tunnel Sunday night: "BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.''

Accuscore gives the Birds the edge, 25.2 to 22.6.

Peter Schrager of FoxSports.com likes Chicago, 28-21:

I don't like when people call Jay Cutler stupid. The guy went to Vanderbilt! Is he erratic? Sure. Is he inconsistent? Fine. But, stupid? C'mon. Unless you went to Harvard or Princeton, please don't comment on the man's intelligence. Donovan McNabb hails from the Windy City and has won three of his last four games there. But I foresee an upset in this one. With Lovie Smith's job certainty up in the air, look for his Bears to find a way. And for that "idiot" Cutler to play well.

Four of six FoxSports.com experts like the Bears.

All eight ESPN.com experts like the Eagles.

CBSSports.com's Pete Prisco goes with Chicago, 27-24:

The Bears were a disaster against the 49ers last week, but they had 10 days to think about it. That will help get them focused. Jay Cutler will bounce back here with a big game. The Eagles defense didn't play well last week at San Diego and this is a tough spot against a desperate team when you're on the road for a second consecutive week.

Matt Bowen of the National Football Post picks the Bears, 24-19:

I like the Bears at home for the pure fact that the Eagles are struggling to score points in the red zone. Expect McNabb to put up big numbers against the Bears’ Tampa 2 defense, but just like last week, I see them stalling in the red zone, which will give Jay Cutler and the Bears offense a chance to win this game in the second half under the lights. Cutler will still force some passes, but he makes enough big plays to send home Joe Fortenbaugh and the Eagles with a loss.

Pro Football Talk has the Bears, 17-10:

Another loss by Philly would drop the Eagles to 5-5, and calls would return for the jobs of coach Andy Reid and quarterback Donovan McNabb.

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