One expert from the CBS Sports staff is picking the Chicago Bears to topple the Philadelphia Eagles on Wildcard Sunday. Wait until you see what he says.
The betting lines have opened, and the Philadelphia Eagles are back in their traditional roles of underdogs. With that being said, while many of you decide whether or not to wear your ski masks or dog masks on Sunday, you might want to check out what Ryan Wilson of CBS Sports had to say about the upcoming Wildcard game on Sunday.
Many of the oddsmakers, including every single one of them on Sportsbookreview.com, are favoring the Chicago Bears. As of Wednesday at 1 PM EST, the line is anywhere from five-and-a-half points to six points.
Everyone’s showing a ton of confidence in the Chicago Bears defense, and rightfully so, but let’s not forget that this is the same Nick Foles who went toe to toe with the GOAT, Tom Brady, and he shredded last year’s second-ranked defense in the NFC Championship Game.
You know the one. The one that belongs to the guys in purple, yes, those Minnesota Vikings. Then again, there’s that other thing. This game will be played at Soldier Field in Chicago, and as anyone who’s watched this team will tell you, if the Bears get rolling, it will feel like Philly’s under attack from the home fans.
Here’s some of what Wilson had to say:
"Please do not bother Nick Foles in September. For him, that’s still the offseason, but if an emergency comes up in December or January, then by all means. Foles is again filling in for an injured Carson Wentz, and he’s again playing like a first-ballot Hall of Famer. But for all his success in big games — and, as a reminder, he’s the reigning Super Bowl MVP — he’s never faced a defense like this Bears’ unit."
That’s actually a very well written opening statement. Here are a few more points from the thought process:
"As good as that Vikings’ defense was, they’re not the Bears, who are consistently dominant. First-year coach Matt Nagy’s biggest task will be keeping quarterback Mitchell Trubisky comfortable. We know the moment isn’t too big for Foles, but this is Trubisky’s first playoff game. Exacerbating matters: Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel and Anthony MIller are listed as questionable. The Bears’ 20th-ranked offense can’t afford to be without their three wide receivers."
Even with all of that being said, Wilson’s predicting a 17-16 Bears victory. We’ll have to see how ‘The Birds’ fare in the role of underdogs. Truthfully, it worked out pretty well the last time.