Philadelphia at Chicago 11-22-09

November 22, 2009


The Eagles seem to forget how to play football from week to week. One week they beat down Tampa Bay, 33-14 only to follow that with a 13-9 loss to Oakland. More recently, they smoked the Giants like a junior varsity team, 40-17 only to follow that up with a 20-16 loss to the Cowboys at home. This trend might be a problem for Chicago since the Eagles played bad last week losing 31-23 to the Chargers. The reason this was a bad loss for the Eagles is because they had three FGs inside the 25-yard line, which means they failed to score while inside the red zone. A big reason is Philadelphia’s reluctance to run the ball, just 13 carries versus 55 passes from QB Donovan McNabb. RB Brian Westbrook suffered his second concussion in four weeks, which probably puts him out the rest of the year, maybe even career-ending. However, the Eagles are very high rookie LeSean McCoy, who figures to be a solid back-up. Philly is fortunate to not lose any ground in the NFC East, thanks to Dallas’ loss vs. Green Bay. But with the Cowboys visiting Washington this week that might not be the case if the Eagles should lose again. This game might be good for McNabb since the Bears defense have given up 10 TD passes on 612 yards passing in their last three games, if you skip the Browns game. The Eagles defense should be just as excited since QB Jay Cutler has thrown 10 INTs in his last four games. This game couldn’t have come at a better time for Philadelphia because after this one two of its next three are against division opponents.

McNabb will try to help Philadelphia make a play on first place, but he won’t have Westbrook in the backfield. The two-time Pro Bowl running back was ruled out after suffering his second concussion in three weeks. Westbrook was on the sidelines for the second half of last Sunday’s game, and Philadelphia was held to a season-worst 29 yards rushing overall, averaging 2.2 yards per carry.

The Bears have won the last two meetings against the Eagles, including a 24-20 victory at home last season.  Follow the trend with the Eagles, take them on the road.

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