The 1-0 Philadelphia Eagles travel to Chicago to take on the 0-1 Bears in the season’s second Monday Night game. Philadelphia is coming off an easy 29-10 home victory over the struggling Cleveland Browns. First year head coach Doug Pederson is hoping to achieve similar success to what he had as the offensive coordinator of the Kansas City Chiefs. Chicago was shut out in the second half in their 23-14 road loss to the Houston Texans. These two teams last met in 2013 with the Eagles destroying Chicago 54 to 11.
Carson Wentz made his NFL debut last week for the Eagles and did not disappoint. He completed 22 of 27 passes for 278 yards and 2 touchdowns without throwing an interception. The second overall pick in the draft led the offense to 407 yards of offense which was the 7th highest total in the league for week 1. His favorite target was Jordan Matthews who had 7 receptions for 114 yards and a touchdown. Zach Ertz had 6 catches for 58 yards before leaving the game with a rib injury and will be replaced by Brent Celek this week. Nelson Agholor had 4 catches for 57 yards and a touchdown. Ryan Matthews led a balanced running game with 77 yards on 22 carries. Defensively, they limited Robert Griffin III to 190 yards passing and 0 touchdowns. They were able to sack him 3 times for a loss of 22 yards to go along with an interception.
Chicago was leading at the half last week but Jay Cutler and the offense wouldn’t score again. Cutler completed 16 of 29 passes for 216 yards and 1 touchdown and 1 interception. He was also sacked 5 times for a loss of 31 yards. Alston Jeffrey had a nice game catching 4 passes for 105 yards including a 54 yard completion right before the half which set up the teams lone touchdown. The running game missed Matt Forte who is now a New York Jet as they only gained 73 yards on the ground. Jeremy Langford led the team with 57 yards on 17 carries and was able to find the end zone. Defensively, the gave up 106 rushing yards to Texans running back Lamar Miller while Will Fuller was able to catch 5 passes for 107 yards and a touchdown. They sacked Brock Osweiler 2 times for a loss of 16 yards and intercepted him once. They also let Houston convert on 12 of 20 third down opportunities.
Philadelphia covered the spread last week while Chicago did not. Despite this, and their loss last week, the hometown Bears open this game as 3-point favorites. Perhaps being at home won’t be such an advantage as the Bears went 1-7 at home last season. Eagles cornerback Kyle Fuller missed last week’s game and his status for this matchup is still up in the air. In their last 6 regular season games the Bears are 1-5 while the Eagles are 6-0.
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