After suffering a 48-30 loss to the Minnesota Vikings in Week 15 and casting doubts on the defensive side, there was no doubt about the Philadelphia Eagles‘ performance against the Chicago Bears. In the first quarter alone, Philadelphia outscored Chicago 21-0 and the scoreline predicted what would come through the entire game. Philadelphia blew out the Bears behind a multi-faceted offensive attack and a dominating defense.
Offensively, the Eagles clicked from the get go, and scored three touchdowns in their first three drives. Additionally, those touchdowns were scored by three different Eagles, which showcased how dangerous their attack is. Opposing defenses can’t focus on only one star player because the Eagles have receiving threats from DeSean Jackson, Riley Cooper and others. On the running side, LeSean McCoy continues to rack up the yards and barring a setback in Week 17 should win the rushing title.
By having rushing and receiving threats, the Eagles balanced, high-paced offense kept the Bears off guard and gasping for breath throughout the game. Play after play, the Eagles offensive line opened up running lanes that allowed McCoy and others gain big yards and punish the Bears defense on a simple runs up the middle.
For the third straight week and first time since 1953, Philadelphia netted more than 450 yards. The Eagles continue to make history and that is because their multi-faceted offense is clicking with Foles behind center.
On the defensive side, it was imperative the Eagles did not have a repeat performance from Week 15 against the Vikings. On Sunday, the defense easily pressured the Bears’ offensive line and got to Jay Cutler. For a team who averages 31st in passing yards allowed with 291.6 yards, the Eagles controlled and dominated the Bears limited them to 196 total passing yards. Additionally, the Eagles held RB Matt Forte to only 29 yards. This is impressive given that Forte is one of the best NFL RBs and is averaging 85.7 yards per game.
All in all, it was an all-around impressive performance by the Eagles. Philadelphia now looks forward to a big Week 17 matchup with the Dallas Cowboys, which will wisely be shown on NBC Sunday night football. The winner of this match clinches the NFC East, while the loser’s season ends.
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