Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Bear Fans Have Another Bearless Weekend, but Philadelphia Looms Large on Monday

No Game this Weekend

Chicago football fans face another weekend without their favorite team because the Bears travel to Philadelphia for the national Monday night event. If you went through withdrawals last Sunday, prepare for the same this weekend.

Will the Eagles Land?

The weekend should not seem too long because the Bears play the Eagles on Monday. The 3-4 Eagles had been highly touted as the "Dream Team" this year, but their season looked more nightmarish than lofty until the last few weeks. The Eagles had the national spotlight last week when playing in the popular Sunday night game against the Dallas Cowboys. The once hyped-now-hyped-again Eagles soared to dreamy heights as they destroyed the Cowboys 34-7.

Dallas defensive coordinator, Rob Ryan, blamed the loss on his game plan that just flat out didn't work. Dallas was out to stop the run and tie things up for Vick's receivers outside and down field--a strategy that might leave the middle open. With that kind of approach, it was not be surprising to see tight end Brent Celek have 7 catches for 94 yards and a touchdown. But the real damage was done to the Dallas defense all over the field.

Dallas couldn't disrupt Michael Vick's passing game--he completed 21 of 28 passes for 279 yards and two touchdowns--and he had 7 carries for 50 yards. Dallas couldn't stop the run. LeSean McCoy had 31 rushes for 185 yards, plus 3 pass receptions for 31 yards giving him a 216 yards total for the day. McCoy scored twice. In addition to other Philly contributors, Jason Avant had 5 catches for 74 yards.

Frankly, it might not have mattered what defensive schemes Rob Ryan had planned. The Eagles were awesome--they looked like a team in top form and no one was going to stop them on Sunday night. When the Eagles play the way they did on Sunday, solid in every phase of the game and faultless--no one could beat them. Thankfully, for the Bears, the Eagles are not likely to play that way again. They will win more games and have some good ones no doubt, but it is unlikely they will have another near-perfect performance, because they are just not that consistent.

The Eagles-Cowboys game had another winner, NBC. Sunday Night Football was the No. 1 broadcast on Sunday night and led NBC to a Sunday night ratings win.

Here We Go

The bye-week rested Bears take on the Eagles on Monday night in Philly. Bear fans are excited to see if their team can take their game up several notches the way they did last year.

1949 Eagles-Bears Program shown.

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