BearsGab editors Russ and Jeff predict what will and won’t go down during Sunday’s big showdown with Mike Vick and the Eagles.
Mike Vick will throw his first INT of the season vs. the Bears.
- Russ: SELL. A lot of the Bears interceptions are coming off of tipped passes. Very fortunate, team’s more opportunistic forcing fumbles. I see Peanut Tillman adding to his list of FFs.
- Jeff: BUY. The Bears defensive line will have a hand in causing a Vick pick.
Vick will rush for 70 yards or more.
- Russ: BUY. Vick will have lots of time and room to run. Cover-2 defense will prevent some deep passes from being completed, thus, giving Vick more opportunity to break free from the pocket.
- Jeff: SELL. The Bears speedy defense should be able to corral Vick on the ground.
PHI WR DeSean Jackson will find the end zone.
- Russ: BUY. DeSean will separate from the Bears defensive backs for a score, thanks to Vick buying extra time while eluding pass rushers.
- Jeff: BUY. It’ll be hard for the Bears to keep Vick’s go-to playmaker out of the end zone.
Jay Cutler will be sacked at least 3 times.
- Russ: BUY. Trent Cole is a tough customer to handle for the best in the biz, let alone a Bear offensive tackle. Philly loves to bring the heat, play aggressive.
- Jeff: BUY. Philly will bring pressure from all over the place, making the Bears O-line look vulnerable at times.
Devin Hester will have a return of more than 40 yards.
- Russ: SELL. I don’t see the Eagles giving him much. It feels like this will be a tight game in all phases and facets.
- Jeff: BUY. If Hester continues to return kickoffs in addition to punts, more touches means more chances for a big return.
Cutler will throw an INT.
- Russ: BUY. One of the Philly safeties will grab an errant, Jay Cutler overshot intended for Olsen on a deep post route across the middle of the field.
- Jeff: BUY. Asante Samuel will get his mits on a Cutler pass.
The Bears will score a defensive TD.
- Russ: SELL. Bears will play bend-but-don’t-break and D.J. Moore will be on DeSean a lot.
- Jeff: SELL. Bears will force a turnover, but it won’t be for six.
Devin Aromashodu will have his best game of the season.
- Russ: BUY. Devin is due. Philly’s corners are very undersized and this is the game the team will finally need him.
- Jeff: SELL. With the re-emphasis on the running game and the emergence of Earl Bennett as a go-to guy, that means less opportunities for DA.
JaMarcus Webb will be flagged at least twice.
- Russ: BUY. This one’s way too easy.
- Jeff: BUY. Talented #73 is still growing into a starter. Tough Philly D will present challenges for the rookie 7th rounder.
Andy Reid will hide a leftover turkey leg under his coat.
- Russ: SELL. He will actually hide TWO legs in each of his back pockets. Big-time appetite.
- Jeff: BUY. The smell of stadium brauts will be too much for Reid to resist.
Bears will win turnover battle.
- Russ: PUSH (even). One pick from Jay, one fumble from LeSean McCoy or Maclin.
- Jeff: SELL. Eagles’ pressure D will force the Bears into multiple turnovers.
Jay Cutler will run for 30 yards.
- Russ: BUY. Jay is sneaky quick and will need to escape from time to time to keep the defense honest.
- Jeff: BUY. When things are breaking down or the coverage is tight, Jay’s finally learned to duck and run.
Matt Forte will carry the ball 20 times.
- Russ: BUY. Bears know they need to keep Vick and friends off the field. Controlling the clock, tempo of the game is key.
- Jeff: BUY. Ball-control gameplan has worked the last two weeks and Lovie will make sure Martz continues that trend.
Greg Olsen will catch a TD.
- Russ: SELL. Kellen Davis steals another red-zone TD from Olsen. I can’t stand him. Also, Forte runs one in from goal-to-goal.
- Jeff: BUY. I’ve given G-reg sh!t all year, but the kid has found a niche in Martz’s offense.
Bears will record three sacks.
- Russ: SELL. At first glance, I thought they definitely would. However, I think Vick will get a decent amount of two- and three-yard gains to avoid potential sacks.
- Jeff: BUY. Vick will move around in the pocket to buy time, but will be brought down by Bear LBs and DEs on at least 3 occasions.
LeSean McCoy will run the ball 15 times.
- Russ: SELL. Bears time of possession will not allow it to happen. He will get 20 touches, but only around 12-13 carries.
- Jeff: BUY. Andy Reid loves the pass, but he’ll make sure ‘Shady’ carries the rock enough to keep the Bears honest.
We will hear Briggs’ name called more than Urlacher’s.
- Russ: BUY. Nothing against Urlacher, but I think Lance will show why he’s the Bears best linebacker against Eagles on Sunday.
- Jeff: SELL. While Briggs may make more tackles than Urlacher, FOX’s announcers will over-hype the Urlacher vs. Vick matchup.
Earl Bennett will have the best day of any Bear WR
- Russ: BUY. He will make a slew of big third-down catches. Knox will have more yards, but less important catches.
- Jeff: SELL. Even though Bennett does a lot of the dirty work, Knox is still the big-play guy.
Jay Cutler will have more total yards than Michael Vick.
- Russ: SELL. It’ll be close early, but the Eagles will be playing from behind. I think Vick goes for an inflated 340 and Jay for 275.
- Jeff: SELL. Bears’ emphasis on establishing run game will diminish Cutler’s numbers (see BUF, MIA games).
The Bears will win.
- Russ: BUY. Bears win 24-19. Third-down execution is the story of the game. Big win because Packers will win in Atlanta.
- Jeff: BUY. Vick is 0-3 lifetime vs. the Bears. I think it could take OT, but the Bears will beat Vick again, this time 20-17.
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