A Big Game

Posted: November 2nd, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 1 Comment »

The last time the Eagles and Bears faced off, a spot in the NFC divisional round was at stake. This time, a playoff spot could be at stake.

If the Eagles win and improve to 5-4, they greatly help their playoff chances. If the Bears win and get to 4-4, the same thing. Falling to 3-5 would really put them in a bad spot, especially with how tough the NFC North is this year.

The Bears have lost three games in a row. They are a desperate team. The last time the Eagles faced someone like that, Dallas put a curb-stomping on the guys in green.

There is a big difference…Mitchell Trubisky. He’s thrown five TDs all year. Five. That is crazy in the modern NFL. The Bears are 29th in yards gained. That’s not all on Trubisky, but he’s a big part of their offensive struggles.

The Eagles need to embrace the moment. They have the better record, but that doesn’t mean they can’t play with an edge. The Eagles didn’t have that in Dallas and it showed. They better change that on Sunday. This is an important game for both teams.

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There is some good news for the Eagles.

Maddox is a better player than Jones. Well, at least in terms of covering, tackling, blitzing and making plays.

The Bears don’t have a good offense, but you still want your best players on the field.

The Eagles offense could also be getting some help. As of Friday, it sounds like DeSean Jackson will play. We won’t know for sure until Sunday, but Jackson’s return would be a big boost to Carson Wentz and the Eagles passing attack.

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One big personnel nugget to discuss.

Seattle did claim Gordon.

More than a few people are upset about the Eagles passing on Gordon. Had they put in a claim, they would have gotten him. Seattle was near the end of the line while the Eagles were closer to the middle.

So how can the Eagles pass on a guy with this kind of talent?

The Patriots do not have a compelling set o skill players. If they are letting Gordon walk, that tells you something. There is no question about his talent, but the Patriots demand consistency and commitment. My guess is that Gordon struggled in those areas.

Does that mean the Eagles should pass?

Not necessarily. Still, I get it. Gordon has only played 16 games once in his career…and that was his rookie year of 2012. It is crazy to think Gordon has been around since Andy Reid was the coach of the Eagles.

Do you want to take a chance on a player you can’t count on to be there in a month or in January? If this was about one game, you’d grab Gordon in a heartbeat. When you are trying to build a championship roster, I can see where coaches and GMs are scared to embrace him.

Most of the NFL passed on Gordon so the Eagles were not alone in their thinking. It will be interesting to see how this works out for the Seahawks.

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One Comment on “A Big Game”

  1. 1 The Linc - Eagles have the NFL’s third easiest schedule for the rest of 2019 - Philly's Top Five said at 2:39 AM on November 2nd, 2019:

    […] A Big Game – Iggles BlitzThe Bears have lost three games in a row. They are a desperate team. The last time the Eagles faced someone like that, Dallas put a curb-stomping on the guys in green. There is a big difference…Mitchell Trubisky. He’s thrown five TDs all year. Five. That is crazy in the modern NFL. The Bears are 29th in yards gained. That’s not all on Trubisky, but he’s a big part of their offensive struggles. The Eagles need to embrace the moment. They have the better record, but that doesn’t mean they can’t play with an edge. The Eagles didn’t have that in Dallas and it showed. They better change that on Sunday. This is an important game for both teams. […]