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PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

Questionable

TE Trey Burton (back)

DT Beau Allen (knee)

Fairly clean report for the Eagles with only two players listed. TE Burton provides a more dynamic impact on the passing game than fellow backup Brent Celek. It should also be noted that Burton has had 8 pass blocking snaps with 0 pressures. That sample size and efficiency leads me to believe he could start at left tackle if needed. Please don’t take this seriously, even though he is an upgrade over Cowboys left tackles Byron Bell and Chaz Green.

DT Allen has been a key rotational piece for the Eagles and has nearly as many run play snaps as defensive tackles Fletcher Cox and Timmy Jernigan respectively. He’s been stout too, leading the interior defenders with 10 run stops. If he’s out, Destiny Vaeao, Elijah Qualls, and Justin Hamilton will battle for his snaps.

CHICAGO BEARS

Doubtful

WR Josh Bellamy (concussion)

DE Roy Robertson-Harris (hamstring)

LB Danny Trevathan (calf)

SAF DeAndre Houston-Carson (ankle)

Questionable

QB Mark Sanchez (ill)

WR Dontrelle Inman (groin)

TE Dion Sims (ill)

OG Kyle Long (ankle)

OG Tom Compton (ankle)

DE Akiem Hicks (knee)

DE Mitch Unrein (knee)

OLB Pernell McPhee (knee)

CB Bryce Callahan (knee)

The biggest hit from the doubtful list is LB Trevathan, who has missed the last two games dealing with a calf injury. Solid against the run and pass, he also provides juice as a pass rusher, generating 9 pressures on 35 pass rush snaps for a team that is now missing OLB Leonard Floyd. Trevathan did not practice did not participate all week for the Beasrs.

WR Bellamy likely not passing the concussion protocol hurts the depth of a banged up receiving corps, especially with WR Inman, who I wrote about (HERE), dealing with a groin injury.

Per PFF, the Bears offensive line ranks 27th in pass blocking efficiency, OT Long not being at 100% exacerbates the leaks and could affect the zone running game that the Bears are so heavily reliant upon.

On the defensive line, DE Hicks and DE Unrein have been the sturdiest interior Bears defenders, combining for 46 run stops on the season. Unrein isn’t much of a pass rusher, but the impact to that area of the defense will be felt more if Hicks can’t go or isn’t 100%.

Hicks has 34 pressures on 314 pass rush snaps this year and leads the team with 7 sacks. With OLB McPhee also ailing, Hicks will have to have a big game or Eagles QB Carson Wentz may have far too much time to throw.

CB Callahan will be tasked with covering WR Nelson Agholor from the slot if he’s a go. He has given up 17 catches on 28 targets for 115 yards, 1 TD, and 2 INT when playing in the nickel position. According to PFF, 17 different Bears have taken snaps in slot coverage, with Callahan being the most consistent.

QB Mark Sanchez is still in the league… who knew?

Michael is an NFL Draft enthusiast, aspiring scout, and grandson of longtime East Stroudsburg (Pa.) HS football coach John P. Kist. He hosts Locked On Eagles and writes for Inside the Pylon & Breaking Football.

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