Seven teams have started the 2016 NFL season with a perfect 2-0 record, and the Philadelphia Eagles look to make it eight in the final game of Week 2. They’ll visit the Chicago Bears on “Monday Night Football,” hoping to take advantage of the easiest part of their schedule.
Philadelphia opened the season with a 19-point win over the Cleveland Browns, who might be the NFL’s worst team. Now, they visit arguably the worst team in the NFC North.
Chicago ended the 2015 season in last place, and they are expected to have a similar finish this year. The Minnesota Vikings defeated the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night to take sole possession of first place in the division, while the Bears and Detroit Lions could be fighting for third place. Detroit dropped to 1-1 with a loss on Sunday, and Chicago was beaten by the Houston Texans in Week 1.
The Bears might not be favored in many games this season, but they’ve got a good chance to win on Monday night. They began the week as one-point favorites, and most of the money being wagered appears to be on Chicago since Philadelphia is a three-point underdog just hours before kickoff.
Chicago is favored in large part because Monday is a home game, but the team didn’t have much of a home-field advantage last year. The Bears went just 1-7 at Soldier Field, and they haven’t won at home since Oct. 4, 2015.
If the Bears want to have any chance of exceeding expectations and reaching the playoffs, they’ll probably have to beat the Eagles. Only seven of the last 75 teams to start the season 0-2 have made the postseason.
Eagles rookie Carson Wentz will make the second start of his career after winning his debut, and first-year starters have had plenty of success in the early going. Having never started before this season, quarterbacks Trevor Siemian, Dak Prescott and Jimmy Garoppolo are a combined 5-1.
The first two nationally televised games of Week 2 were both decided by one score. The New York Jets defeated the Buffalo Bills by six points on “Thursday Night Football,” and Sunday night’s game between the Vikings and Packers came down to the wire.
Unlike in Week 1, only one game is scheduled for Monday night. ESPN has TV coverage with the contest set to begin at 8:30 p.m. EDT. A live stream is available with WatchESPN.