The back half of the Eagles’ schedule isn’t forgiving. The Birds have a two-game swing out West in December, play the reigning NFC East champion Cowboys twice in the final two months of the season and host a couple of AFC West powerhouses — the Broncos and Raiders — in the same span.
But a Week 12 contest against the Bears seems likely to offer a respite from the grueling slate of matchups.
Chicago’s outlook for the 2017 season is bleak at this point. After signing quarterback Mike Glennon in March, the Bears traded up to draft North Carolina signal-caller Mitch Trubisky No. 2 overall in April.
Reports of poor cohesion within the organization soon surfaced, and Chicago’s offseasons moves — including their decision to allow wide receiver Alshon Jeffery to hit the free agent market and sign with the Eagles — hint that a rebuild is en route after a last-place finish in 2016.
Does that mean the Birds will be able to trample the Bears in Philly this November? Not necessarily. Glennon displayed enough potential to command attention as a free agent, Bears running back Jordan Howard rocketed onto the scene with an outstanding rookie season last year and the Bears have a handful of promising defensive players.
And plenty can change before these two teams square off — maybe Chicago will find rhythm with its new-look squad or the Eagles will crumple midway through the season. For now, though, Philadelphia should feel better about this game than perhaps any other in the second half of the season.
Below, you’ll find a few more things to know about the matchup with Bears.
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