1:00 PM ET, October 3, 2004
Eagles at Bears: Why such a lackluster performance by the Eagles offense?
The offense played poorly because it played down to the Bears and I'm sure coach Andy Reid will make sure it's the last time it does it this season. As good as this team is it still can't allow teams to stay in games with them. They are going to be a target all season and have to realize that before they slip up and lose a game they have no business losing. The Bears were a banged-up team and one the Eagles should've beaten very easily.
Some may say that it's not easy for a team to get up for a game like this, but they're wrong. The Eagles haven't won a championship and shouldn't be looking down their noses at any team. Winning is nothing new for the team and it knows better than anyone that it needs to get up for every team. The new additions of Jevon Kearse and Terrell Owens should bring a breath of fresh air for the Eagles. They have an easy early schedule and won't get many big tests early so they need to dominate the teams they're playing.
Eric Allen played cornerback for 14 NFL seasons with the Eagles, Saints and Raiders. He's a regular contributor to Insider.
Jones, who came into the game as the NFL's third-leading rusher, was held to 32 yards on 13 carries. ... Philadelphia improved to 5-0 against the Bears since drafting Chicago native McNabb. ... The Eagles sacked Quinn four times, improving their season total to 17.
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||5.2||3.7|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|FG||10:00||DAVID AKERS 51 YD |
Drive: 8 plays, 31 yds, 3:35
|FG||4:01||DAVID AKERS 42 YD |
Drive: 11 plays, 57 yds, 5:56
|TD||8:57||TERRELL OWENS 11 YD PASS FROM DONOVAN MCNABB (DAVID AKERS KICK) |
Drive: 4 plays, 47 yds, 1:56
|FG||13:03||DAVID AKERS 42 YD |
Drive: 6 plays, 55 yds, 3:03
|FG||14:54||PAUL EDINGER 25 YD |
Drive: 12 plays, 60 yds, 1:51
|FG||10:19||DAVID AKERS 40 YD |
Drive: 10 plays, 50 yds, 3:40
|TD||11:03||BRYAN JOHNSON 2 YD PASS FROM JONATHAN QUINN (TWO-POINT RUN CONVERSION FAILED) |
Drive: 11 plays, 70 yds, 4:51