David Akers kicked four field goals, Donovan McNabb threw for
237 yards and a touchdown, and the Eagles improved to 4-0 for the
first time since 1993 with a 19-9 victory over the Bears on Sunday
"We had some positive plays. We also had some mistakes we just
can't do," McNabb said. "The positive thing is we put enough
points on the board to win."
Philadelphia has now won all four of its games by double-digits
-- and this one could have been more lopsided.
The Eagles outgained the Bears 316-90 through three quarters,
allowing Chicago onto their side of the field only once. The Eagles
roamed Chicago territory like it was their back yard, but only had
McNabb's 11-yard toss to Owens in the second quarter to show for
Akers had field goals from 40, 42, 42 and 51 yards, but also
missed from 39 and 45 yards. McNabb was 24-of-38 for 237 yards, but
was intercepted in the third quarter, snapping a streak dating back
to last season of 161 consecutive passes without a pick.
"We have a lot of room for improvement," Owens said. "We
didn't exactly play as well as we'd like on the offensive side of
the ball. But we weathered the storm."
Still, it was more than enough to hold off the Bears (1-3).
Though only two weeks have passed, Chicago is a shadow of the
team that beat Green Bay at Lambeau Field. Quarterback Rex Grossman
(knee) and safety Mike Brown (Achilles' tendon) are out for the
season, and cornerbacks Charles Tillman (knee) and Jerry Azumah
(neck) won't be back for at least another couple of weeks.
Linebacker Brian Urlacher is also ailing, missing his second
straight game Sunday with a pulled hamstring.
The Bears signed former Dallas starter Chad Hutchinson after
Grossman got hurt, but he's still trying to digest his encyclopedic
playbook. So Chicago put the offense in the hands of journeyman
backup Jonathan Quinn, and the rust was clear in his first start in
nearly three years.
Though he finished 26-of-43 for 215 yards, he managed only 76
yards passing in the first three quarters.
"I definitely expected to be more accurate," Quinn said. "I
missed some passes I shouldn't have early on, you know, a little
rusty. I put the defense in a spot."
The one time the Bears did make it into Philadelphia territory
in the first three quarters, they couldn't do much. Bobby Wade's
13-yard catch put Chicago at the Eagles 7 in the final minute of
the first half, but Quinn threw three straight incompletions before
Paul Edinger kicked a 25-yard field goal.
"Most people plan on passing on the 2-point conversion, we
thought we could get it in on the run," coach Lovie Smith said.
But the score was too little, too late.
The Eagles took charge of the game right away, scoring on four
of their first six possessions for a 16-3 lead at the half. Their
only touchdown came midway through the second quarter.
Westbrook rushed for 8 yards, then caught a pass for a 6-yard
gain. The Eagles picked up another 11 yards when Bears end Adewale
Ogunleye was called for roughing the passer. On the next play,
McNabb found Owens for an 11-yard scoring pass.
As Bears fans booed, Owens laid down on the ground and did
sit-ups -- six for the six points he'd just scored. Or was it for
the six touchdowns he has this season?
"You can look at it however you want," Owens said, smiling.
"I was trying to get my workout on a little bit. I really didn't
get too much during my pregame, so I continued it during the
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.