Philadel­phia (9-7) at Chicago (12-4)

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4:30 p.m. ET, NBC

The Bears, paced by a strong ver­sion of the Mon­sters of the Mid­way, have been the bet­ter team all year. But they are gen­er­ally play­off new­bies, and they face per­haps the most re­silient team in the league.

Philly has been rav­aged by in­juries, yet here it is, mak­ing big plays on both sides of the ball thanks greatly to the vet­er­ans who had such a big role in its roll to the ti­tle a year ago: Nick Foles, Zack Ertz, Lane John­son, Fletcher Cox, Mal­colm Jenk­ins. The Ea­gles still have to pro­duce on the field, but their cre­den­tials are valid.

There’s no short­age of ex­cite­ment in Chicago, ei­ther. Un­der first-year coach Matt Nagy, the Bears have moved from last place in the usu­ally dif­fi­cult NFC North to the top.

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