Cody Parkey
© Mike Dinovo | 2019 Jan 6

Cody Parkey © Mike Dinovo | 2019 Jan 6

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Chicago (3-4; 2-5 ATS) at Philadelphia (4-4; 3-5 ATS)

Early line: Eagles (minus-5 points). Total: (43.5)

CHI 28TH OFF; PHI 13TH DEF

CHI 25TH RUN; PHI 8TH vs. RUN

CHI 29TH PASS; PHI 20TH vs. PASS

CHI 27TH PTS; PHI 21ST PTS ALLOWED

PHI 21ST OFF; CHI 7TH DEF

PHI 13TH RUN; CHI 6TH vs. RUN

PHI 21ST PASS; CHI 10TH vs. PASS

PHI 14TH PTS; CHI 6TH PTS ALLOWED

CHI T8TH TO/TA; PHI T21ST TO-TA

Bears lead all-time series 29-15-1, but Eagles have won last 4 games, most recently escaping with a 16-15 win at Chicago in wild-card playoff victory last season that ended on a bad note for Bears due to PK Cody Parkey’s well-documented missed 43-yard “double doink” FG muff with no time remaining. Eagles had taken 16-15 lead with 56 seconds remaining on QB Nick Foles’ (signed with Jaguars) 2-yard TD pass to WR Golden Tate (signed with Giants).

BEARS’ kicking woes resurfaced in 3rd straight defeat (5 of last 6) when PK Eddy Piniero missed a 41-yard FG as time expired in gut-wrenching 17-16 Week Eight home loss to Chargers.

BEARS went down for the count despite offense gaining over 300 yards for first time this season (388 total, with 162 rushing) and defense limiting Chargers to 231 total yards (only 12-36-1 rushing).

BEARS QB Mitchell Trubisky continued to be disturbingly inconsistent, completing 23-35-253-0 TDs while getting sacked 4 times and throwing an INT and losing a fumble that helped Chargers rally in Week 8 win.

Trubisky scrambled 11 yards to move the BEARS to the Chargers 21 with about 40 seconds left. But rather than try to move closer, head coach Matt Nagy had Trubisky take a knee and called his last timeout with 4 seconds left. Pinero then rekindled ugly memories of Parkey’s missed FG in playoff loss to Eagles last year.

Rookie RB David Montgomery broke out with a career-high 135 yards rushing in his 7th NFL game, but he only touched the ball once inside the 20 on BEARS’ first three drives to the red zone on a day full of curious decisions, much to the dismay of the growing number of boo-birds in the Soldier Field stands .

One week after BEARS managed just 17 yards rushing on a franchise-low seven attempts in a 36-25 loss to Saints, Montgomery had 27 of the Bears' 38 carries. He scored his 3rd career touchdown on a 4-yard run in the third quarter, giving Chicago a 16-7 lead.

Montgomery rushed for 10 yards on the BEARS' first play from scrimmage. He had 12 carries for 85 yards at halftime, including a 55-yarder for the team's first run of at least 50 yards since Jordan Howard’s 53-yard rush during a 27-24 overtime win at Baltimore on Oct. 15, 2017.

But BEARS were held to four FG tries in their four trips to the red zone in the first half. Pineiro hit the right upright on a 33-yarder in the first quarter, and then connected from 22, 25 and 19 yards.

The first three times the BEARS drove inside the 20, Montgomery had one carry for a 2-yard loss in the red zone. After his long run in the second quarter, he touched the ball three times inside the 20 and got stuffed on each carry.

WRs Allen Robinson, Tony Gabriel and Anthony Miller each had at least 53 yards receiving, as BEARS offense actually showed tangible signs of life for first time in weeks.

BEARS defense rebounded from shaky efforts the previous 2 games, limiting Chargers to only 2-of-10 3rd downs, but unit had only one sack (by OLB Khalil Mack) and one takeaway (INT by CB Kyle Fuller, who also had team-high 7 tackles).

BEARS defense has registered just 2 sacks in the last 3 games, while O-line has allowed 10 sacks in same span.

Check status of BEARS LB Isaiah Irving, who left Week 8 eight in the second quarter with a quad injury.

In BEARS’ 2018 wild-card loss to Eagles, Trubisky had 26-43-303-1 TD-0 INTs (89.6 QB rating) while getting sacked twice and 3-9 rushing and a long of 6; Robinson had 10-143-1 on 13 targets and a long of 45; Bears had only 18-65 rushing; and ILB Roquan Smith had an INT and team-high 7 tackles.

EAGLES snapped a 2-game skid in Week 8, bouncing back from ugly 37-10 loss to Cowboys in Week 7 with a badly needed 31-13 road win over the Bills highlighted by Philly’s 218-yard ground game on a wet and windy afternoon.

EAGLES’ Week 8 rushing total, led by RB Jordan Howard's 96, was the most since head coach Doug Pederson took over in 2016 — and most since finishing with 256 in a 33-10 win over Dallas on Nov. 27, 2014.

Rookie RB Miles Sanders scored on a 65-yard run, one of EAGLES’ three touchdowns rushing, and OLB Brandon Graham keyed a stifling defensive effort by forcing and recovering a fumble, while adding one of Philadelphia's 4 sacks.

EAGLES took control of Week 8 game by scoring TDs 83 seconds apart spanning halftime to build a 17-7 lead.

Graham's FF at Buffalo's 24 led to EAGLES QB Carson Wentz hitting TE Dallas Goedert for a 5-yard touchdown catch with 25 seconds left in the second quarter. On the second snap from scrimmage in 3rd quarter, Sanders followed Howard's block for 65-yard TD burst up the left sideline.

After Devin Singletary scored on a 28-yard catch on Buffalo's next possession, EAGLES responded with Wentz overseeing a six-play, 68-yard touchdown drive capped by diminutive RB Boston Scott’s 4-yard touchdown run.

EAGLES defense limited Bills QB Josh Allen to go a combined 3-of-13 for 9 yards over Buffalo's final six possessions following Singletary's touchdown.

EAGLES’ Wentz had 17-24-173-1 TD-0 INTs (104.9 QB rating) while getting sacked 3 times and 8-35 rushing and a long of 13, and WR Alshon Jeffery led Philly receivers with 4-64 receiving on 6 targets and a long of 38 in Week 8 win.

EAGLES defense limited Bills to 253 total yards (20-98 rushing) in Week 8 win. Other noteworthy Philly defenders besides Graham were: DT Fletcher Cox, who had 1 ½ sacks, a FF and 6 tackles; and LB Nate Gerry, who had a sack and 6 tackles.

Check status of EAGLES’ Sanders, who left Week 8 game in 3rd quarter in Week 8 but said he expects to play this week; OLT Jason Peters (knee; DNP in Week 8); WR DeSean Jackson (abdomen; DNP in Week 8); LB Nigel Bradham (ankle/illness; DNP in Week 8); RB Darren Sproles (quadricep; DNP in Week 8); CB Avonte Maddox (concussion, neck; DNP in Week 8); and DT Timmy Jernigan (foot; DNP in Week 8).

In EAGLES’ 2018 wild-card loss over Bears, Foles had 25-40-266-2 TDs-2 INTs (77.7 QB rating) while getting sacked once; Eagles had only 23-42 rushing; Jeffery had 6-82 receiving on 9 targets and a long of 30; and TE Zach Ertz had 5-52 receiving on 7 targets and a long of 17.

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