Field conditions could be unusually important as the Eagles visit the Bears at Soldier Field in Chicago Sunday afternoon. While the temperature should be in the mid 40’s with mostly sunny skies at kickoff, the wear and tear leading up to the game is the real concern.
Two local high schools played at Soldier Field yesterday, and the Bears have discussed the effect that may have on the game. In the Chicago Tribune, Brad Biggs quoted Bears head coach Lovie Smith on the possible impact it would have on Sunday.
“It may be a slick field,” Smith said. “I am sure Philly is excited about playing on a surface like that, I know we are.”
Half of that is true, as the Bears would love a slick surface that slowed down the likes of Michael Vick, DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin and LeSean McCoy. Eagles head coach Andy Reid isn’t too worried though.
“It’s just a great atmosphere,” said Reid. “And you get a little wind, you get a little cold, turf’s a little slick because of the weather situations and they pack in the fans and you get a little bit of that brat smoke around and it’s just good stuff, man. It’s a good football atmosphere to play in.”
And if it does turn into a physical, smashmouth brand of football in sloppy conditions?
“I would tell you that the NFC East isn’t chopped liver when it comes to black and blue football,” Reid said. “So it’s pretty physical football and so is the [NFC North] there. So we understand that and it should be just a good football game.”
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