It wasn't Chicago Bears QB Mitch Trubisky's worst game of the season, but it was pretty close.
The 25-year-old posted a 66.6 passer rating against the Eagles on Sunday, which is a few point higher than the season low 62.1 passer rating he posted back in Week 1. Trubisky also finished with a measly 125 yards passing and his worst completion percentage of the year, 47.6%.
Even a top defense like the one the Bears possess can't overcome quarterback play like that.
The Philadelphia Eagles hosted the Bears, and they gave the home crowd a whole lot to cheer about. QB Carson Wentz connected with TE Zach Ertz for the first touchdown of the game, HB Jordan Howard ran in a 13-yard score for the only other Eagles touchdown and K Jake Elliott made two field goals to score the first 19 points of the game.
The Bears answered back with two touchdowns of their own, both 1-yard rushes by HB David Montgomery. While the rookie HB ran for just 40 yards in this one, he picked up the yards when they mattered most.
It wasn't enough to overcome Philadelphia however as Elliott added another field goal to bring the final score to 22-14.
Although the score seems relatively close, the Eagles looked like the dominant team throughout. Philadelphia picked up twice as many first downs as Chicago, led in both yards passing and yards rushing and they held the Bears to a time of possession of just over 19 minutes. In other words, they dominated in ever facet of the game.
Howard posted another big week for the Eagles, rushing for 82 yards and a touchdown, his sixth touchdown rushing and his seventh overall touchdown of the year. Ertz broke up a string of subpar games with a big performance, catching 9 passes for 103 yards and adding a touchdown to the winning effort.
The Bears led in just two major categories at the end of the game. First, the Bears led in sacks, picking up 4 to the Eagles 3. Secondly, the Beards had less penalty yards against them, 70 to 75.
But the craziest statistic of all comes from the first half. The Bears offense picked up just 9 total yards in the first half. Yes, you read that right. 9 total yards.
Trubisky is the main man to blame for the lack of offense. The former University of North Carolina Tarheel is in the midst of a terrible year, one in which he's passed for just 1,217 and 5 touchdowns in 7 games. He's in a slump, and his team seems to trust him less and less as the weeks go on. His 21 pass attempts Sunday constituted the lowest amount Trubisky had thrown since September 29th when he injured his shoulder against the Vikings and had to leave the game early.
While some experts believed the Bears might try to trade for a quarterback before the trade deadline, Chicago sat idly by instead and seem willing to let this season crash and burn behind Mitch Trubisky. The 3-5 Bears now sit in last place in the NFC North and take on the Detroit Lions at home next week.
The Eagles flew high and easily crushed the Bears in this game. Their utter domination of the Bears puts them just a half a game behind the Dallas Cowboys for the lead in the NFC East. A loss by the Cowboys agains the Giants on Monday night would propel the Eagles into first place. Philadelphia has a bye and will take Week 10 off.
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