Written by Ralph Uriarte
Eagles 29 Bears 14
The Bears were listed as 3 point favorites and the Eagles had only beat the Browns, nobody, according to fans across the NFL.
The Eagles rookie qb Carson Wentz was playing his first NFL road game, he had to learn silent count and get on the same page as his center and only had a week to do it.
Ashlon Jeffrey is a beast of a receiver and Leodis McKelvin was out of the game, leaving 7th round rookie Jalen Mills against Jeffrey.
When the game started, the first drive drive seen a sack by Malcolm Jenkins and a Bears punt. The next drive seen Wentz and the Eagles march down the field in a no huddle no back set, the Bears held on in the red zone and forced a field goal.
The Bears missed a field goal and the Eagles again marched down to kick more field goals again.
The Bears scored after a 49 yard catch by Jeffrey on Mills, combined with a pass interference call on Nolan Carroll.
Score is 9-7 at the half. Not a bad game, both defenses had nullified the run to that point.
The second half was all Eagles. The Eagles sacked Cutler again and again. The last one by Destiny Vaeao injured Cutler’s hand and ultimately took him out of the game. It was only after Cutler threw an interception that ended up forcing him to let trainers examine his hand. He finished with a fumble and a interception.
The Bears defense suffered multiple injuries and the Eagles ran the ball down their throat with a 4 back rotation. Converting on fourth down to keep a drive alive, and scoring on another fourth down for one of two Ryan Mathews touchdowns.
The Bears returned a punt for points late in the fourth quarter but it was the Carson Wentz show at Soldier Field. Kicker Caleb Sturgis looked as if he may have had an injury, but Coach Pederson said it was just a cramp. Sturgis not being 100% forced the 4th down touchdown try that worked.
- Carson Wentz 21/34 190 yards 1 TD 0 INT
- Darren Sproles 12 carries 40 yards 0 TD
- Ryan Mathews 9 carries 32 yards 2 TD
- Jordan Mathews 6 receptions 71 yards 0 TD
- Trey Burton 5 receptions 49 yards 1 TD
- Nelson Agholor 4 receptions 42 yards
Jordan Mathews dropped a sure touchdown in the end zone, causing Eagles fans around the country to scream at their tv’s, hopefully it doesn’t become a habit like last season. Overall he was great and its obvious he and Wentz have chemistry.
Nelson Agholor had a good game but could been great if he didn’t repeatedly lose the fight for jump balls. He also was on the receiving end of blatant pass interference, but the referees chose not to see it and force the Eagles to punt on that drive.
Trey Burton was in the game for Zak Ertz and he had an outstanding game. I think we’ll be just fine until Ertz comes back.
The Eagles have the Steelers on Sunday at home for the biggest test of the season.