MONDAY 8:30 Soldier Field Chicago, IL
NEEDS TO STEP UP:
DT Bennie Logan. Last week against the Browns we got gashed by their run game at times. It’s common knowledge for Eagles fans that DT Fletcher Cox is our dominant pass rusher up the gut. That leaves Logan as the stabilizer and guy who helps keep the LB’s clean. That didn’t happen last week, it will be the death of us if it doesn’t happen this week.
WE MUST CONTAIN:
RB Jeremy Langford. You might find it funny that I didn’t say QB Jay Cutler. Last week Cutler was sacked 5 times and hit a total of 13 times. No QB in the NFL saw as much punishment. However, if the run game gets going and Cutler can start to set his feet, we could have a long day. So the key is to topple their Jenga pile by hampering their so-so RB, and placing the game squarely on the shoulders of their turnover prone QB.
EAGLES STORY LINE:
The Bears aren’t a great team, but unlike the carcass we picked apart last week, the Bears are at least seen as pro caliber. A road win over this team (regardless of how we win it), would close the door on any lingering doubts from last season. It would also signal that we were truly heading in a new direction. A loss here would be no great blow. In fact, it could be just the thing this team needs to put some fire in the players bellies.
Last week was the beginning of our schedule, but this week is where the real season starts.
EAGLES 20 – Bears 17