|Last 3 Games||2-1||+1||2-1||2-1||34.3||13.3||470.0||(7.4)||1.3||27.3||10.3||396.7||(6.3)||1.0|
|Offense (All Games)||29.0||15.0||22.1||31:34||26-118||(4.6)||24-37||65.2%||276||(7.5)||63-393||(6.3)||(13.6)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||25||12.4||20.4||30:12||27-110||(4.2)||23-36||62.0%||248||(6.8)||63-358||(5.7)||(14.3)|
|Offense Road Games||31.3||14.4||21.7||32:01||26-135||(5.2)||24-37||64.2%||268||(7.2)||63-403||(6.4)||(12.9)|
|Defense (All Games)||27.9||15.9||21.4||29:50||29-153||(5.2)||19-32||60.7%||228||(7.2)||61-380||(6.2)||(13.6)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||23.9||11.6||20.3||30:24||26-107||(4.1)||23-37||60.8%||252||(6.8)||63-359||(5.7)||(15)|
|Defense Road Games||32.0||16.4||22.4||29:53||30-178||(6)||19-33||59.2%||240||(7.4)||62-418||(6.7)||(13.1)|
|Stats For (All Games)||0.8||0.6||1.4||0.4||12-5||42.2%||1-0||60.0%||4-94||(23.4)||1-15||(12.2)||6-47|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||0.9||0.6||1.4||1.8||14-5||38.2%||1-1||55.1%||3-61||(24.2)||20-2||(9.5)||6-54|
|Stats For (Road Games)||1.0||0.7||1.7||0.1||12-4||36.5%||1-1||80.0%||5-98||(20.9)||1-22||(15.4)||6-44|
|Stats Against (All Games)||1.2||0.6||1.8|| ||12-5||39.9%||1-1||66.7%||3-59||(19.6)||1-8||(9.1)||5-44|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||1.1||0.7||1.8|| ||14-5||38.8%||1-0||48.0%||3-63||(23.5)||22-2||(10.2)||6-54|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||1.1||0.7||1.9|| ||11-3||30.4%||1-0||75.0%||3-44||(17.1)||1-12||(10.9)||5-46|
|Last 3 Games||2-1||-0.8||1-2||2-1||29.3||8.7||420.0||(6.4)||0.7||29.7||10.7||344.3||(5.4)||2.3|
|Offense (All Games)||26.0||12.1||21.9||25:53||31-152||(4.9)||19-33||59.6%||262||(8)||63-414||(6.5)||(15.9)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||25.7||12.9||21||30:58||26-109||(4.2)||23-36||62.8%||255||(7)||63-364||(5.8)||(14.2)|
|Offense Home Games||19.7||7.1||20.7||24:47||29-144||(5)||19-33||55.8%||228||(6.8)||62-372||(6)||(18.9)|
|Defense (All Games)||24.9||10.3||23.5||34:07||29-111||(3.8)||25-42||60.9%||291||(7)||71-402||(5.7)||(16.1)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||24.3||12.2||20.7||30:29||27-115||(4.3)||22-36||61.6%||245||(6.8)||63-360||(5.7)||(14.8)|
|Defense Home Games||21.1||8.4||21.1||35:13||31-114||(3.7)||23-38||60.2%||262||(6.8)||70-376||(5.4)||(17.8)|
|Stats For (All Games)||0.6||0.6||1.2||0.6||14-5||38.2%||1-0||50.0%||2-54||(23)||2-11||(7.2)||6-56|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||1||0.6||1.6||1.9||13-5||38.2%||1-0||49.7%||3-63||(24.2)||24-2||(11.1)||6-54|
|Stats For (Home Games)||1.1||0.6||1.7||0.1||13-4||29.3%||1-1||50.0%||3-70||(23.5)||2-8||(4.9)||6-46|
|Stats Against (All Games)||1.1||0.7||1.9|| ||15-6||41.5%||1-0||33.3%||3-71||(23.7)||2-15||(8.2)||7-60|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||1.1||0.7||1.8|| ||13-5||38.7%||1-0||47.3%||3-60||(23)||19-2||(9.2)||6-55|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||0.7||1.1||1.9|| ||16-7||41.1%||1-0||25.0%||3-78||(26)||2-18||(7.7)||8-58|
|Average power rating of opponents played: CHICAGO 20.4, PHILADELPHIA 18.6|
|11/4/2013||@ GREEN BAY||27-20||W||10||W||50.5||U||33-171||22-41-271||0||29-199||12-21-113||1|
|11/24/2013||@ ST LOUIS||21-42||L||2.5||L||45.5||O||26-80||36-47-344||3||29-258||10-22-148||0|
|12/22/2013||@ PHILADELPHIA|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/29/2013||GREEN BAY|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|11/10/2013||@ GREEN BAY||27-13||W||-1.5||W||47||U||37-204||12-18-211||1||30-99||29-44-297||2|
|12/22/2013||CHICAGO|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/29/2013||@ DALLAS|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|CHICAGO: New offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer coached the line and running backs during his tenure in New Orleans (he'll also coach the O-Line this season), and the Saints ran a sophisticated and versatile running scheme. Expect both man and zone blocking from the Bears, and they'll likely be running out of spread looks much more often than last year. Matt Forte is still the lead rusher, and he'll stay on the field on third downs as one of the league's best passing down backs. Michael Bush will spell him and take a third of the workload, including the majority of short-yardage runs and goal-line carries.
New head coach Marc Trestman will run an offense more like what Jay Cutler ran in Denver. They'll use a lot of spread looks with more quick-hitters, short hitches and slants. Brandon Marshall is the primary target, a possession receiver who does most of his work facing the line of scrimmage. Alshon Jeffery will likely work underneath a little bit more in his second season. Slot receiver Earl Bennett should see an uptick in reps, though he's been marginalized by Marshall. TE Martellus Bennett will likely get the chance to flex out more, and Forte will catch plenty of screens. The Bears figure to lean heavily on the backs in the red zone, and when they do throw, Cutler usually force-feeds Marshall.
New defensive coordinator Mel Tucker won't tinker much with this defense that led the NFL with 44 takeaways, including eight pick-sixes. DE Julius Peppers (111.5 career sacks) is still a menace, CBs Tim Jennings (NFL-high 9 INT) and Charles Tillman (10 FF, 3 TD) are outstanding, and 24-year-old SS Major Wright (4 INT) is a rising star in this league. New MLB D.J. Williams is a suitable replacement for the retired Brian Urlacher, working alongside accomplished WLB Lance Briggs and new SLB James Anderson.|
|PHILADELPHIA: There's been much conjecture about whether or not new head coach Chip Kelly's frenetic Oregon offense will translate to the NFL. But most likely, he's not bringing that offense to Philly. The Eagles will surely play up-tempo, and they'll likely mix some read option stuff in, in an attempt to get LeSean McCoy and Bryce Brown into space. And Michael Vick will get to run a few keepers. But new offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur is from the Andy Reid coaching tree and will surely bring a more traditional touch to this offense. McCoy will take the majority of the work, but Brown will also get plenty of reps.
The Eagles will try to use tempo and play-action to create confusion in their passing game. Expect a lot of two-tight end looks with Vick on the move more often than not. It's unclear if Brent Celek will hold off James Casey and Zach Ertz, two tight ends Kelly brought in. DeSean Jackson figures to be even more of an all-or-nothing deep threat than he was during the Andy Reid years. Jeremy Maclin, if healthy, should be their No. 1 receiver with the ability to be effective in a variety of roles. The backs will also be featured heavily in the screen game. The Eagles figure to get a little more pass-heavy in the red zone, where their multi-tight end sets will create play-action opportunities.
The Eagles hope new defensive coordinator Billy Davis can improve the team's pathetic 13 takeaways in 2012 (tied for last in NFL). Davis' 3-4 based scheme will operate in multiple looks with several blitz packages. It will feature many new faces, such as mountainous NT Isaac Sopoaga, pass-rushing OLB Connor Barwin and possibly four new starters in the secondary -- CB Bradley Fletcher, CB Cary Williams FS Kenny Phillips and SS Pat Chung. Two hard-nosed linebackers remain in ILB DeMeco Ryans and OLB Trent Cole.|
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO FOOTBALL PREVIEW (CHICAGO-PHILADELPHIA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(ADDS Marshall quote)
*Bears-Eagles Preview* ======================
By JUSTIN EINHORN STATS Senior Editor
Not too long ago, the Chicago Bears and Philadelphia Eagles would have been very happy knowing they'd have a shot to win a division title in the regular-season finale.
Now it's possible neither will even have to wait that long.
A week before each team plays what could be a playoffs-or-bust game against its biggest rival, Chicago and Philadelphia will know by the start of their matchup Sunday night whether either one - or both - can wrap up its division.
Oddly, this game also could end up being relatively meaningless for both.
If Dallas loses at Washington earlier in the day, the Eagles (8-6) will claim the NFC East title by beating the Bears - six weeks after being under .500 and down to their third-string quarterback. If the Cowboys win, this game becomes somewhat irrelevant for Philadelphia because with a win or a loss, the East would be up for grabs next week when the Eagles visit Dallas.
Even in that scenario, coach Chip Kelly has no plans to sit his starters.
"We're not in a situation where we've got to rest anybody," he said. "We've got to play and get back on the winning track. We've got to be ready to play winning football."
While the Eagles had a five-game win streak snapped last Sunday with a surprising 48-30 loss in Minnesota, the Bears welcomed back Jay Cutler and won 38-31 at Cleveland. The following day, Chicago (8-6) took a one-game lead in the NFC North when Detroit lost to Baltimore.
The Bears will earn the division crown with a win Sunday if second-place Green Bay loses to Pittsburgh and the Lions don't beat the Giants. Of those North rivals, if only Detroit loses, this game won't mean much to Chicago because regardless of the result, it would face the Packers for the division title next Sunday.
"The only anxiety for me was depending on someone else, so now that we control our own destiny, I'm kind of at ease and really focused on Philadelphia," receiver Brandon Marshall said. "It actually makes it easier that we're in this position right now."
Until last Sunday, the Bears hadn't been in control of their playoff destiny since Detroit swept their season series with a 21-19 win Nov. 10. It seemed like Chicago might not get it back considering Cutler suffered a high ankle sprain that day, leaving journeyman Josh McCown to start.
McCown, though, played well as the Bears went 2-2 while the Lions stumbled, and many believed he should keep the job when Cutler got healthy. Coach Marc Trestman still went back to Cutler, who got off to a shaky start with two early interceptions but ended up going 22 of 31 for 265 yards and three touchdowns.
"The guys rallied around me," Cutler said. "I'd be lying if I didn't say there was (pressure) with everything on the outside and as well as Josh has played. But this was the plan all along and no one really flinched in our building."
Cutler now looks to pick apart an Eagles secondary that let Matt Cassel throw for 382 yards last week. Despite the Vikings missing Adrian Peterson, Philadelphia gave up more than 21 points for the first time in 10 games.
This defensive assignment will be no easier. Chicago averages an NFC-high 29.0 points with Cutler throwing to imposing 1,000-yard receivers Marshall and Alshon Jeffery along with Matt Forte and Martellus Bennett. Forte has run for more than 100 yards in a career-high three straight games.
"Chicago might be one of the most talented offenses we face," defensive coordinator Bill Davis said. "... (Cutler) can make all the throws and you can tell he understands this offense because his eyes are downfield and he's getting the ball where it needs to be. This is, overall, probably our biggest test."
It's also a big one for a Chicago run defense that is the NFL's worst, yielding 152.4 yards per game and 5.2 per carry, and is facing league rushing leader LeSean McCoy (1,343).
The Bears' defense, though, could get a huge boost with the possible return of Lance Briggs. The former Pro Bowl linebacker has missed the past seven games with a fractured shoulder.
"We'll see where he is," Trestman said Wednesday. "It's still day to day. Like I said to you the other day, I'm optimistic he'll play. How much? We'll see how he feels."
Whether or not Briggs is back, McCoy is likely to be more involved in Kelly's gameplan after having season lows of eight rushes and 38 yards last week. That could take some pressure off Nick Foles, who threw for a career-high 428 yards in Minnesota but had 48 attempts and was sacked four times.
DeSean Jackson had a career-high 10 catches for a season-best 195 yards, leaving him 134 shy of Mike Quick's single-season franchise record (1,409).
"Any time you're able to play Sunday night, Monday night, a game where the whole world is watching, it definitely makes a difference," Jackson said. "... It's going to be a big game, the stage is set already so we're ready for it."
Jackson was held to 42 yards over the last two meetings with Chicago as the Eagles lost both, but Charles Tillman played those games. The Bears announced this week their star cornerback won't return this season due to a torn triceps.
Cutler threw for six TDs and no INTs in those two matchups while Forte ran for 250 yards, most recently rushing for 133 in a 30-24 win at Philadelphia in 2011. Forte's 1,200 rushing yards are 38 shy of his career high as a rookie in 2008.
|Last Updated: 8/30/2014 11:32:41 AM EST|