CHICAGO – Two weeks ago, Dallas Goedert said he fully expected to be activated from injured reserve this Sunday, his first game in which he is eligible to play.
Goedert even said he was upset that the Eagles put him on IR in the first place after he suffered a shoulder injury on November 14.
Still, the Eagles let Saturday’s deadline pass without activating Goedert for their game against the Chicago Bears, even though Goedert returned to practice last week. It is quite possible that the Eagles have given Goedert an extra week to build strength in his shoulder so that he is ready for the Eagles’ showdown next Saturday against the Dallas Cowboys.
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There’s a lot more at stake next week anyway. The Eagles have already secured a spot in the playoffs. But if the Eagles beat the Bears on Sunday, or if the Cowboys lose to Jacksonville, then the Eagles can clinch the NFC East and the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs with a win next Saturday against the Cowboys.
Goedert was asked about the opportunity to sit out against the 3-10 Bears to risk nothing in the game against Dallas.
Goedert did not necessarily believe in that strategy.
“While the Bears have only won three times, they have lost a lot of close games,” he said. “They’re not a bad team, that’s for sure. We have to be ready to go when we get there. Obviously I absolutely want to play in Dallas. But you know, every game is important. When you’re on the sidelines, you want to be back there as soon as possible.”
The game kicks off at 1pm and will air on FOX with Joe Davis, Daryl Johnston and Pam Oliver as reporters.
3 things I look at
Pain vs Fields: This is the most intriguing matchup, as the Bears’ Justin Fields leads all NFL quarterbacks with 905 yards, including 178 yards in a game earlier in the season. Jalen Hurts of the Eagles ran 157 yards earlier this season. But Hurts is the much more proficient passer, leading the NFL in passer rating and with a 68% completion percentage. It will be fun to see how both do their thing.
Who is the security? The Eagles did not give veteran safety the practice team raise, meaning the only safeties on the roster for the game are Marcus Epps and K’Von Wallace. The Eagles could use Josiah Scott there. But Reed Blankenship, who is out with a knee injury, had passed Wallace as the third safety before Chauncey Gardner-Johnson’s injury (he’s still on IR).
Who is the leading rusher? If you like rushing stats, this game is for you. At least one player gets over 100 yards, whether it’s Hurts, Fields, Eagles’ running Miles Sanders or Bears’ running David Montgomery. After all, these are the top two teams rushing in the NFL. The Bears average 189 yards per game, the Eagles 162.
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This article originally appeared in Delaware News Journal: Eagles vs. Bears: Live analysis as Jalen Hurts and Justin Fields match up