RUSHING OFFENSE: LeSean McCoy only had 10 carries, but had a pair of double-digit runs and averaged 5.3 yards per carry. Bears did a good job of neutralizing Vick’s running ability, holding him to 44 yards on 9 carries. Twice, defensive end Julius Peppers caught Vick from behind.
PASSING OFFENSE: Michael Vick threw his first interception of the season and it was a killer, a momentum-swinger on a second-and-goal at the Chicago 4 in the second quarter. There were numerous protection breakdowns by Vick’s line all day. DeSean Jackson was a non-factor, catching just 2 passes for 26 yards.
RUN DEFENSE: The Bears had success running to the outside on the Eagles. A defense that had held its last 6 opponents to 3.6 yards per carry, gave up 131 yards on 28 carries. They gave up a 61-yard run to Matt Forte on the Bears’ second possession that set up the Chicago’s first touchdown.
PASS DEFENSE: Yeah, the footing was crappy. Yeah, their best cover guy, Asante Samuel, was back home rehabbing his injured knee. But that’s still no excuse for how easily Jay Cutler carved them up Sunday. He completed 14 of 21 passes and threw 4 TD passes. Nobody’s done that against the Eagles since Kurt Warner in the ’08 NFC Championship Game.
SPECIAL TEAMS: The Eagles’ kickoff coverage unit has played pretty well lately, but not Sunday. They gave up 3 40-plus yard returns to Devin Hester and Danieal Manning. The Eagles’ red-zone failures provided a lot of work for David Akers, who converted all 4 of his field goal attempts.
OVERALL: The defense was gashed for 4 touchdown passes by Jay Cutler and gave up a 61-yard run to Matt Forte. The offense converted just 1 of 5 red-zone opportunities had a killer interception in the red zone. All in all, not a very good day, even if they did rally to make it close.
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