After spending New Year's in Chicago I can tell you that the buzz around the Windy City is off the charts when it comes to their beloved Chicago Bears who will face the Eagles in the NFL Wild Card round on Sunday.  The majority of El Pasoans are most likely rooting for the Cowboys to beat Seattle on Saturday, but they should also be cheering for the Bears because former UTEP football standout Roy Robertson-Harris is a tremendous defensive end for Chicago and was a key contributor to the NFL's best defensive squad this past season.

Robertson-Harris had 3 sacks this season for a defense that some are saying is the best that the Bears have had since 1985, which is widely considered as one of the, if not the best defense in NFL history.   Chicago led the league with 36 takeaways, including 27 interceptions and 9 fumble recoveries.  The Bears will have their hands full with the Eagles on Sunday at Soldier Field as the defending champions are coming into the matchup winning five of their last six to get into the postseason, and the team has been rejuvenated by Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles.

The Bears are no slouch though having won nine of their last ten games.  This should be a tough, competitive, close physical battle that could come down to the wire.  Philly's defensive front four has been great at stuffing the run, which could force Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky to throw more often than he'd like and possibly make crucial mistakes.  The chink in the armor for the Eagles is their secondary, which Bear's coach Matt Nagy, who's notorious for razzle-dazzle shtick plays could exploit with a few tricks up his sleeve.  Chicago has few weaknesses on defense though, as they should be able to keep Foles in check.

Despite the Eagles' momentum with Foles coming into the contest, I don't think they will have enough firepower to beat the Bears at home.  Da Bears win this one 30-17, and all I can say to Adrian Broaddus is, "NOT SO FAST MY FRIEND!!"  You are mashugana for picking the Eagles over the Bears, without question, their defense makes Chicago a true Super Bowl contender.  UTEP fans have a lot to be proud of as one of their own in Roy Robertson-Harris is experiencing this run first hand, and when its all said and done, could be playing for the Lombardi Trophy next month.



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