Sunday, February 14, 2016

Ouch, That Hurt

Rookie DeSean Jackson seemed to be Donovan McNabb's sole weapon in the early going against Chicago. But Jackson just dropped a punt, leading to a Bears go-ahead touchdown.

Ouch, That Hurt


  It's 14-14 early in the second, here's what we think.

  Are the Bears ever going to start a drive in bad field position?

   DeSean Jackson just made a game-changing mistake, fumbling away a punt after a really strong defensive series. and the Bears took the lead two plays later, Marty Booker eluding Quintin Mikell for a 23-yard TD catch.

   But then the Eagles went right at the Bears' secondary again, moving 67 yards in 5 plays, including the first real appearance of the season for Reggie Brown. Correll Buckhalter ran the tying TD in from a yard.

     Before that, the Birds seemed to be recovering from an off-key start. First series, the Eagles went three and out, a short pass dropped by Brent Celek, a bomb incomplete to a well-covered Jackson, and a sack on which safety Daniel Manning came in unblocked.
    The Bears got the ball at their 41 and needed all of three plays to score. They were hurrying up to keep the Birds off-balance, and it worked. Tight end Greg Olsen might or might not have had full possession with both feet down in the back of the end zone on the 19-yard TD pass, but Chicago was allowed to hurry-up the extra point before anyone could slow down the replay.
   Those Eagles tight end coverage problems that seemed to have been resolved against Pittsburgh suddenly seemed back on the table for discussion.
    The Eagles’ offense responded with an 8-play, 74-yard drive featuring its best healthy weapon, Jackson. Donovan McNabb went to Jackson on second and 13 from his 23 for 23 yards, then the rookie wideout gained 21 yards on an end-around. Finally, on third and 10 from the Bears’ 22, McNabb found Jackson in the back of the end zone, dropping the ball perfectly over a reaching Brian Urlacher. It was 7-7.
   The tight end question was raised again when Kyle Orton hit Olsen on a slant, which ended up being a 31-yard gain when Stewart Bradley grabbed Orton’s facemask. A Dan Klecko third-down sack blunted that drive.

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