Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Inquirer Daily News

Eagles-Bears first half

Last time we saw this, it was very bad news for the Eagles.

Eagles-Bears first half

We've seen this before, and it didn't end well for the Eagles.

The last time the Eagles committed a turnover in the red zone was against the Titans. We all know how that ended. The Bears' interception off Michael Vick - his first in 240 pass attempts -- has a chance to have a similar effect. Just as the Titans did, the Bears took the turnover and turned them into momentum-swinging points.

Even then, though, the Eagles were still in that game. And they are firmly in this one, too, despite not playing their best first half. An eight point deficit puts the game well within reach, if the Eagles can protect Vick better and cut down on the Bears' big plays.

Other first half notes:

-- The Bears seem to be using a similar strategy as the Giants to rush Vick: they are often sending a defensive back from his left to force the quarterback right, making it harder for the lefty to throw on the run. They are also getting significant pressure from their front four, allowing other defenders to guard the Eagles weapons and still hitting Vick.

-- Bad tackling allowed two huge plays for the Bears.

-- Two of Jay Cutler's touchdown passes were to his right - the place where Asante Samuel would normally be playing. Joselio Hanson slipped on one of the scores, and there appeared to be a coverage problem with Quintin Mikell and rookie Trevard Lindley on the score to wrap up the first half.

-- The Eagles pass rush came to play. Four first half sacks is a nice showing.

Download our NEW iPhone/Android app for even more Birds coverage, including app-exclusive videos and analysis. Get it here.

About this blog
Birds' Eye View is the Inquirer's blog covering all things Philadelphia Eagles and the NFL.

Jeff McLane Inquirer Staff Writer
Zach Berman Inquirer Staff Writer
Latest Videos:
Also on Philly.com:
Stay Connected