High-flying Eagles soar past Bears

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Philadelphia QB Carson Wentz threw three touchdown passes and easily guided the  home-standing Eagles past the Chicago Bears 31-3 Sunday afternoon at Lincoln Financial Field. The streaking Eagles (10-1) have won nine straight games while the Bears sink to 3-8.

Philadelphia dominated the contest from start to finish, jumping out to a 24-0 halftime lead and controlling both field position and the line of scrimmage. The Eagles banged out 196 rushing yards and Wentz efficiently sliced up the Bears secondary. Philadelphia outgained Chicago 420 yards to 14o, highlighting the disparity in talent between the two clubs. Eagles TE Zach Ertz  found open spaces underneath the Chicago secondary and added 103 receiving yards on 10 catches and a touchdown.

In perhaps the understatement of the season, Bears head coach John Fox said matter-of-factly, “We didn’t play well enough in any phase for us to compete. The game was not competitive from early on.”

Chicago struggled in all facets. No statistic was more telling than the Bears failing to pick up a first down during the first half.  RB Jordan Howard carried 7 times for just 6 yards as an attacking Eagles defense smothered the point of attack. Rookie QB Mitch Trubisky suffered through a tough outing, completing 17 of 33 passes for 147 yards and two interceptions. Trubisky appeared flustered by the Philadelphia pressure, continually throwing off his back foot and firing errant balls to his wide receivers. “I don’t like losing, and that’s a big motivator for me,” Trubisky said. “You just get that sick feeling from it, so hopefully a lot of those guys in the locker room feel the same way and it motivates us to go back to work and get better for this (coming) week.”

Special teams play was also subpar. Punter Pat O’Donnell uncharacteristically kicked poorly, giving the Eagles good starting position while averaging just under 38 yards per punt. Newly-signed kicker Cairo Santos missed wide right from 54 yards out, but accounted for the Bears only points with a 38 yarder that was true in third quarter.

With nowhere to go but up, the Bears return home to host another struggling franchise, the San Francisco 49′ers, next Sunday at Soldier Field.

Bear Tracks: Guard Josh Sitton left in the first half and entered the NFL’s concussion protocol….Safety Adrian Amos came up with a hamstring injury in the fourth quarter. He was replaced by Deon Bush…Nickel back Cre’Von LeBlanc was among the most active Bear defenders and was credited with a team-high seven tackles….Former Bear WR Alshon Jeffery enjoyed a productive day, catching 5 balls for 52 yards and a touchdown.

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