“Call me crazy but I see Jay Cutler and the Bears offense leading the team to victory on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles.”
Crazy I am. Not only did the Chicago Bears lose to the Eagles on Sunday night but the team did not belong on the same field as Philadelphia. In fact, the Eagles were playing as if the Bears were offering no type of resistance. Essentially, it was a glorified practice for the Eagles on Sunday night.
For the Bears, every concern that fans had going into this game proved to be the downfall for the team on Sunday. A downfall that began in the first quarter when the Eagles scored 21 unanswered points.
The concern entering tonight’s game was how the struggling Bears defense would fare against the fast-paced offense of the Eagles. To answer that question, how was the Dallas Cowboys defense against the Bears offense when the two teams played on Monday Night Football two weeks ago?
Tonight’s game for the Bears was no different than their game against the Cowboys two weeks ago. The only problem is that the Bears performance was on par with that of the Cowboys.
The Bears defense was on the field all night against the Eagles and only went back to the sideline after Philadelphia finished a scoring drive. Eagles quarterback Nick Foles completed over 80% of his passes on Sunday night against the Bears while tossing two touchdown passes to go along with a passer rating over 130.
As for the Eagles running offense, it was everything it was cracked up to be. The Eagles had 4 rushing touchdowns on Sunday night against the Bears while rushing for nearly 300 yards. Eagles running back LeSean McCoy rushed for 2 of those 4 touchdowns while going over the 130-yard mark on the night.
On offense, not that it mattered, the Bears were plagued by a collapsing offensive line and lack of rhythm. The early deficit put the Bears offense in a pass first mentality. A mentality that the Eagles defense took advantage of as the team compiled five sacks on Bears quarterback Jay Cutler while constantly taking away wide receivers Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery as options for the Bears offense.
Cutler’s night ended when the quarterback threw a pick-6 to Eagles cornerback Brandon Boykin in the fourth quarter. Cutler finished the night completing 20 of his 35 passes for a total 222 passing yards to go along with 1 touchdown and 1 interception. Cutler became the Bears franchise leader for passing yards on Sunday night; a distinction that formerly went to the almighty Sid Luckman.
Remember back in high school when the junior varsity football team thought their stuff didn’t stink and started talking flack to the varsity team. What happened? The varsity men put the junior varsity boys back in their place. That was the case on Sunday night for the Bears. The Bears were put back into their place. A place being where a NFL team is not going to far in the playoffs if their defense can’t stop the run.
Speaking of the playoffs, yes, the Bears still have a legitimate shot at making the playoffs. Both the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions lost on Sunday. The Lions loss eliminated Detroit from playoff contention. Meaning the NFC North division title now comes down to the week 17 match-up between the Bears and Packers. The winner of that game at Soldier Field next Sunday will be the winner of the NFC North division.
The NFL announced on Sunday night that the game between the Packers and Bears will be flexed to the late afternoon slot.