2002 Season NFL Football Past Picks
November 03, 2002
Philadelphia at Chicago
Sunday 11/03 01:00 PM Eastern
4 units on Chicago +6.5 (-110) (risk 4 to return 7.64) RESULT: WIN
Philadelphia looks unstoppable right now while the Bears enter the game off a pathetic loss to Minnesota and a five-game skid. What a perfect time for a contrary play!
I expect Philadelphia to be a little flat for this game. Consider this: They are coming off an always emotionally and physically draining Monday night game…against a division rival. They have a comfortable two-game lead in their division and they are probably starting to believe their own press about how great they are. Combine that with the fact that they are playing a down-and-out team that probably deserves little respect and we have the makings for a big letdown game for the Eagles.
The Bears are now playing for some pride. What better way to rectify the last five weeks’ mishaps and quite the critics then by upsetting one of the league’s elites? They qualify for a 69-39 situational trend concerning teams that have lost several in a row.
Having seen what McNabb did against the Giants on Monday night, the Bears will be gearing their defense towards containing him. Can they do it? Not sure, but against similarly-mobile Mike Vick earlier this year, Brian Urlacher and the Bears escaped with a 14-13 victory.
All the logical indicators point here to a Philadelphia romp but sometimes that is the best time to go with the unexpected dog.