The 3-10 Chicago Bears will play the 12-1 Philadelphia Eagles at Soldier Field in a Week 15 matchup. Here’s what you need to know before kickoff (noon, Fox-32).
Justin Fields is rushing toward history
Bears QB Justin Fields needs 95 rushing yards to become just the third NFL quarterback to run for 1,000 yards in a season. Michael Vick did it in 2006 with the Atlanta Falcons, and Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson did it in 2019 and 2020.
Fields said it would be “crazy” to be in the same category as Vick.
“Me growing up in Atlanta, I remember I was 8, 9 years old, I had his cleats,” Fields said. “So that would just be crazy, kind of just full circle. It would be awesome.”
Fields has twice rushed for more than 95 yards in a game this season. Here’s a look at some of the other records Fields could break soon.
What can the Bears learn from the Eagles? Invest in the lines, admit mistakes — and hope the QB pans out.
The Eagles will offer a good look at how far the Bears have to go to join the small mix of teams in position to complete for a Lombardi Trophy.
You can draw parallels between the organizations. Both have exciting, young dual-threat quarterbacks with the Eagles’ Jalen Hurts an MVP candidate in his third season and the Bears’ Justin Fields coming along in Year 2. Both have head coaches plucked from the Colts staff.
Don’t get carried away making comparisons, though, because the Eagles (12-1) have the best record in the NFL and the Bears (3-10) have the worst in the NFC, which is why the Eagles are 9-point favorites Sunday at Soldier Field.
10 things to watch in the final stretch of the season
If the 2023 NFL draft were held today, the Bears would own the No. 3 pick, positioned either to select one of the biggest stars of the draft class or to shop that selection in a possible trade back that could net general manager Ryan Poles a bounty of valuable draft capital.
It seems unlikely the Bears would climb to the top of the draft board between now and Jan. 8. The 1-11-1 Houston Texans have remaining games against the Chiefs, Tennessee Titans, Jacksonville Jaguars and Indianapolis Colts and might be hard-pressed to win two more times than the Bears do.
Here’s what else to watch as the Bears close out their season, including bowl season and the quest for 3,000.
The Weather Channel forecast for Sunday in Chicago calls for considerable cloudiness early with a decrease in clouds later in the day. The high will be 26 degrees with west winds at 10 to 20 mph.
The Packers played in the NFL’s coldest game, referred to as “The Ice Bowl”: 13 degrees below zero on Dec. 31, 1967. The Bears are 6-4 during their 10 coldest games at Soldier Field since they began playing their home games there in 1971 — including 3 wins and 2 losses against the Packers.
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