Up, Down and Sideways (Bears Week 9)

Matt Forté of the Chicago Bears

Fresh off their bye week, the Bears (4-3) visit the Philadelphia Eagles (3-4) on Monday night. They stare up at the undefeated Packers and two-loss Lions in the NFC North and face a tough Eagles team who has reeled off two straight wins.

Matt Forte is an offensive stud and appears to be headed for his first Pro Bowl. He is 6th in the league in rushing at 96 yards per game. And with 419 yards receiving he is also the top receiving running back through eight weeks. Forte is surprisingly ranked 8th in total rushing attempts which means Mike Martz has stayed committed to the running game in recent weeks. Whether he gets a new contract or not, the Bears have a legitimate running back that Mike Martz won’t ignore.

With DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin, the Eagles have two receivers in the top twenty in receiving yards through 8 weeks. Michael Vick’s play has improved over the last couple weeks and the Bear’s secondary in flux (goodbye Chris Harris). Those two receivers could wreak havoc on Monday night against a defense which ranks 28th in passing yards allowed per game.

The Bears have played three road games so far this year. The only road game they won was played against the Tampa Bay Bucs at a neutral site so it doesn’t really count. But the Bears are an astounding 28-9-1 against the Eagles since the two teams first met in 1933. Even with this being a road game the Bears have history on their side and could pull off a much-needed victory.


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