Know Your Enemy – Da Bears

Posted: September 18th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 196 Comments »

Chicago is 0-1, having lost their opener to the Texans 23-14. The Bears got out to a 14-10 lead at the half, but then got shutout in the 2nd half and Houston was able to win the game. There was nothing compelling about the game, good or bad. To put it simply, the Bears were okay, but not good enough.

Expectations were not sky high coming into the year. Chicago lost highly-regarded offensive coordinator Adam Gase and workhorse RB Matt Forte. The defense added some solid pieces, but no one you would call an impact player. Most people had the Bears pegged as the worst team in the NFC North. That said, people have enough respect for coach John Fox that they think the Bears could still be a .500 team.

Jay Cutler is the ultimate wild card, obviously. At his best, he is an outstanding QB. The problem is that he’s highly inconsistent. Gase got Cutler to play well last year, especially cutting down on INTs. How will Cutler perform without Gase? Cutler is also missing his security blanket. Forte was the team’s leading rusher, caught 44 passes and was a good pass protector. TE Martellus Bennett is also gone. QBs love TEs that have good size and good hands.

We won’t know the Bears identity on offense until we’ve seen this group play a while. They have Jeremy Langford taking over at RB. He is talented, but I don’t see him in the same class as Forte. Chicago does have a pair of big, talented wideouts in Alshon Jeffrey and Kevin White. They combined to go 7-139-1 last week. Eddie Royal is a good slot receiver.

The OL is a work in progress. RT Bobby Massie struggled in pass pro last week. The interior trio of LG Josh Sitton, C Cody Whitehair and RG Kyle Long will be outstanding in time. Sitton just came over from GB and he’s getting used to the new offense. He was up and down in the opener. Whitehair is talented, but must get stronger. He got destroyed multiple times last week. Long is a stud. He’s just adjusting to RG after spending last year at RT.

The Bears don’t have an explosive offense, but they also don’t look like a good ball control group. That requires good blocking and consistent QB play. Last week they had 2 plays of more than 20 yards, both passes to Jeffrey. The Bears only gained 71 yards of offense in the 2nd half last week. They really struggled.

Their defense kept them in the game as long as they could. A 4th quarter FG finally put the game out of reach. Chicago runs a 3-4 with Vic Fangio calling the plays. He was in SF with Jim Harbaugh and is a quality DC. I’m sure Fox shares his thoughts as well.

Chicago has the makings of a good front 7. The OLBs are Lamarr Houston, Willie Young, 1st round pick Leonard Floyd and Sam Acho. Those guys can rotate to stay fresh. The ILBs are Danny Trevathan and Jerrell Freeman, active players who make a lot of tackles. The DL doesn’t feature any big names, but I was impressed when watching them against Houston.

The secondary is a bit of a mystery. They have 3 DBs questionable for the game. The secondary is mostly young guys and veteran CB Tracy Porter. Like the Eagles, the Bears are trying to develop some young DBs.

Chicago let go of long time PK Robbie Gould and replaced him with veteran Connor Barth. Deonte Thompson is the KOR. He had a long return of 26 yards. Royal is the PR and has always been dangerous there. He had a 31-yard return last week. Here’s your entertaining sidenote. Back in 2008 I was upset when the Eagles missed out on Royal and had to settle for DeSean Jackson in the draft. Oops.

The Eagles are the better team in this game. That sounds great, but Week 2 is proof that each game is its own little world. The Rams were dreadful last week, but found a way to upset Seattle today. The Browns were terrible last week. They lost to Baltimore today, but played much better. The Lions and Saints looked like offensive juggernauts last week and both lost defensive struggles today.

This is the home opener for Chicago. It is also MNF. That used to mean close, kind of crazy games.

2008 – CHI 24, PHI 20

2009 – PHI 24, CHI 20

2011 – CHI 30, PHI 24

And then the Eagles played Chicago in 2013 and beat then 54-11 on SNF. Does that mean the Bears are due to win? This has no meaning in reality, but for those demented people like me who give validity to jinxes and streaks…beware.


Looking around the NFC East…

The Skins are 0-2. Both losses came at home. And they got PIT without Le’Veon Bell. And they got Dallas without a pair of DEs or MLB Rolando McClain. And Tony Romo. 0-2 is just two game, but this is a pretty disastrous start for the Skins.

Their run D stinks and they haven’t been able to slow down a star WR in either game, despite giving mega-bucks to CB Josh Norman. Oh yeah…QB Kirk Cousins is struggling. Has be been distracted by the success he had in 2015? Is he trying to do too much, to prove he is worth a huge QB deal? We don’t know the answer, but he’s not playing well right now. PFT reported some in the locker room are mad at him. That seems incredibly premature if it is true. Cousins just led the team to a division title. He earned some trust.

Then again…he’s never beaten a team with a winning record. You can’t pick on crappy teams forever.

Dallas is 1-1. Their defense is a mess. Their rookie skill players are learning on the job. You can see a lot of talent, but they’re mixing in some tough mistakes as well. Dak Prescott looks better than the castoffs they put on the field last year.

It is too early to read this Cowboys team. They still have some serious talent. They also have some major holes.

The Giants are 2-0, but both are ugly wins. They beat a rookie QB last week and then needed a blocked FG returned for a TD to win today. They have won a pair of close games and that was an issue last year so they are better in that regard. The defense is infinitely better than 2015. The Giants have only allowed 32 total points so far. Last year they were 0-2 and had allowed 51 points in the two losses.

The NFC East is not a great division right now, which bodes well for the Eagles. This team looks to have as good a shot as anyone right now. Winning the NFC East isn’t anyone’s ultimate goal, but it is a good starting point for a team that is…retooling.


196 Comments on “Know Your Enemy – Da Bears”

  1. 1 daveH said at 10:49 PM on September 18th, 2016:

    SWEET !

  2. 2 The original AG said at 10:55 PM on September 18th, 2016:

    I think the Vikings should have traded for Eric Rowe. Waynes has like 10 penalties tonight.

  3. 3 teltschikfakeout88 said at 11:05 PM on September 18th, 2016:

    Wayne’s is still better then anyone we got…

  4. 4 Bert's Bells said at 11:06 PM on September 18th, 2016:

    Woah. Vikings dude launches into Rodgers helmet first in the endzone and doesn’t draw a flag.

    Who do they think 12 is, Cam Newton?

  5. 5 Greg Tulino said at 11:13 PM on September 18th, 2016:

    With Adrian Peterson now injured I am fairly certain Howie is on the phone finalizing a few more trades with the Vikings. He should be able to get a 2nd round pick and that WR Diggs for Kenjon Barner. Oh and while we are at it lets trade Michael Hendricks to Minn. for his brother Eric. 🙂

  6. 6 daveH said at 11:18 PM on September 18th, 2016:

    I think Barner is our best back .trade matthews &smallwoid.. happy to bring in stud reciver still

  7. 7 Insomniac said at 11:24 PM on September 18th, 2016:

    Bradford just got sandwiched.

  8. 8 anon said at 11:25 PM on September 18th, 2016:

    ol is terrible

  9. 9 Insomniac said at 11:32 PM on September 18th, 2016:

    yup, on both sides.

  10. 10 Insomniac said at 11:36 PM on September 18th, 2016:

    Trae Waynes just saved the day.

  11. 11 anon said at 1:36 AM on September 19th, 2016:

    yeah after basically blowing the game that pick was crazy.

  12. 12 Insomniac said at 11:41 PM on September 18th, 2016:

    Welcome to the hot seat again Mike McCarthy, have some coffee with Gus Bradley and talk about how Jeff Fisher might be still safe while you’re at it.

  13. 13 scratcherk said at 11:44 PM on September 18th, 2016:

    So none of the teams I’ve rooted for this weekend has won. Not faring well for tomorrow fellas.

  14. 14 FairOaks said at 11:51 PM on September 18th, 2016:

    Exception to prove the rule? Maybe?

  15. 15 Bert's Bells said at 11:57 PM on September 18th, 2016:

    Go Bears!?

  16. 16 BlindChow said at 1:26 AM on September 19th, 2016:

    Good thing we didn’t play today then…

  17. 17 BobSmith77 said at 11:53 PM on September 18th, 2016:

    Imagine the Eagles will go with more 3 WR sets this week. Interested to see it they pass as much on 1st down (9-13 for 140 yards; included 6 first downs and the Agholor TD) or if they try to use the run more a bit this week early to set up the pass.

    No reason that Jeffrey doesn’t drop at least 120 yards on them this week. Can’t let a guy like Royal beat them up in the slot though. Have to do a bit better job in run defense in the front seven too. I bet the Bears do come out running more after some of the success the Browns had including between the tackles.

  18. 18 laeagle said at 12:07 AM on September 19th, 2016:

    Jeffrey will not because our defense will rock Chicago’s world.

    I say this mainly because I need it to happen in my fantasy league. My opponent is up by ten with Jeffrey still to play and I still have Eagles D (and Trey Burton but that’s kind of embarrassing).

  19. 19 meteorologist said at 10:46 AM on September 19th, 2016:

    I need the Eagles D and Alshon Jeffery to simultaneously have great games lol. Also need Ryan Mathews to do well while Jordan Matthews stinks lol.

    Basically am rooting for eagles blowout on the strong running of Ryan Matthews and 3 turnovers from Cutler while Jeffery racks up garbage time stats

  20. 20 anon said at 10:53 AM on September 19th, 2016:

    i need jmatt and the defense to go crazy. so jeffrey can get all yards, no tds

  21. 21 bill said at 11:30 AM on September 19th, 2016:

    I see we have similarly situated fantasy teams…

  22. 22 D3FB said at 8:57 AM on September 19th, 2016:

    Browns had success running? Their backs were 15-82. 40 of those came on the last 3 plays. That’s 12-42. That’s pretty mediocre at best. They had like 2 good run plays when it mattered.

  23. 23 BobSmith77 said at 9:09 AM on September 19th, 2016:

    Between the tackles they did. It was when they tried to go outside the T the production dipped including a few plays of negative or minimal yardage. In between the tackles, they were over 5 yards/carry.

    Interested to see if the Bears try to attack that and get their running game going this week especially with some delays or draws up the middle to ease pressure off the edge.

  24. 24 RobNE said at 10:26 AM on September 19th, 2016:

    I like to think (hope) that we were being a little careful with RGIII’s running ability, but with Cutler we will just attack more and the pass rush will thus seem much better than last week.

  25. 25 CrackSammich said at 1:11 AM on September 19th, 2016:

    Aw, mentioning Sam Acho just made me really sad that Emmanuel Acho isn’t still around.

  26. 26 anon said at 1:36 AM on September 19th, 2016:

    is bradford going to transform diggs into a star?

  27. 27 Greg Tulino said at 1:57 AM on September 19th, 2016:

    That dude can play!

  28. 28 anon said at 1:41 AM on September 19th, 2016:

    The final Passer ratings for those of you who were wondering: Bradford 121, Rodgers 71.

  29. 29 Howie Littlefinger said at 4:45 AM on September 19th, 2016:

    it almost felt like game 3 of pre season 2015

  30. 30 xeynon said at 11:19 AM on September 19th, 2016:

    Really helped that the Minnesota o-line gave Bradford a clean pocket most of the time while Rodgers was under siege pretty much every time he dropped back. Swap the blocking and I think Rodgers would’ve been just as good as Bradford or better, while Bradford would have been significantly worse.

  31. 31 bill said at 11:29 AM on September 19th, 2016:

    I didn’t really see much of a clean pocket for Bradford. In fact, he got planted, hard, multiple times in the first half. What I saw was Bradford getting rid of it quickly (on several occasions, arguably too quickly) so that the struggling Vikings’ OL wouldn’t be exposed. But no argument on the fact that the Vikings’ D is significantly better than the Packers’.

  32. 32 BlindChow said at 1:48 AM on September 19th, 2016:

    Figures Bradford would actually start throwing downfield once he left the Eagles.

    Actually, this is the same awful Packers defense that almost let the Jaguars win last week (Jags lost 38-14 to the Chargers today, all their points came in garbage time). It’ll be interesting to see if he returns to his old ways once he faces a real defense…

  33. 33 anon said at 1:50 AM on September 19th, 2016:

    ol is so bad and he only has one target, can’t help but think it’ll be a long year. that said – to join a team 2 weeks ago, play snf in the stadium opener against aaron rodgers led division rival is a lot of pressure and sammy dollaz put on a show. game wouldn’t have been as close w/out all the pis and other calls going the packers’ way.

    but i’ve never seen an oline that bad.

  34. 34 BlindChow said at 1:53 AM on September 19th, 2016:

    Just remembered 10/10 was against Green Bay lol. Maybe Sam just has their number…

  35. 35 Anders said at 2:21 AM on September 19th, 2016:

    Bradford didnt throw downfield with the Rams, so why would it change?

    The only difference is that Diggs is infinite better than anything he has ever played with before and his defense can keep him in the game

  36. 36 anon said at 2:59 AM on September 19th, 2016:

    maybe sammy dollaz has only played with wack ocs until now.

  37. 37 Anders said at 3:08 AM on September 19th, 2016:

    What does the OC have to do with Sammy dumping down to a RB despite a WR been open down the field?

  38. 38 BlindChow said at 9:49 AM on September 19th, 2016:

    There were several plays without a clear checkdown option.

  39. 39 unhinged said at 7:50 AM on September 19th, 2016:

    Also, any defense vs Vikings has to respect the ground game. Or did, until AP goes down. He didn’t hurt Green Bay last night, but he has done so plenty of times in the past. The simple fact of AP in the game makes a difference that helps QB make decisions and execute plays.

  40. 40 Anders said at 4:03 AM on September 19th, 2016:

    That Jags team should be much better than it is playing right now.

  41. 41 BlindChow said at 9:49 AM on September 19th, 2016:

    Everyone here seems to think the Jags are going to break out any second, and every year they get blown out a bunch of times and win 3-5 games total…

  42. 42 Dave said at 8:32 AM on September 19th, 2016:

    Norv Turner is a “downfield” throw type of coach. His system is not designed to dink and dunk. I noticed on several third downs that Sam completed last night the receivers were all past the first down marker before they turned to look for the ball. This is also the reason Sam got pummeled over and over again as he had no safety valves on most of the pass plays.

  43. 43 ChoTime said at 9:38 AM on September 19th, 2016:

    Didn’t see it, but if there are no checkdowns, then he can’t throw them. That might be the only way to make sure he doesn’t dump off everything.

  44. 44 anon said at 1:53 AM on September 19th, 2016:

    “The new quarterback completed 22 of his 31 (70%) passes for 286 yards and a pair of touchdowns, outplaying Aaron Rodgers in the Vikings’ 17-14 win over the Packers. It’s the first time they’ve beaten the Packers in back-to-back games since Brett Favre was the quarterback in 2009.”

  45. 45 BlindChow said at 1:58 AM on September 19th, 2016:

    Welp, at least the 49ers lost!

  46. 46 Ben said at 2:21 AM on September 19th, 2016:

    As always great read Tommy.
    Came across this funny Eagles video from CSN and thought I would share it with you guys.
    Enjoy !!!

  47. 47 GermanEagle said at 4:00 AM on September 19th, 2016:

    That’s some pretty darn impressive last 8 games of Bradford. I kid I kid. NOT!!!

  48. 48 Media Mike said at 5:26 AM on September 19th, 2016:

    Odd Sunday of games.

  49. 49 A_T_G said at 8:09 AM on September 19th, 2016:

    While we are all rooting for a win tonight, let’s keep in mind that net point differential is probably not the most important stat for Wentz this season.

    After all, Tebow excelled in that stat his first season.

  50. 50 RobNE said at 8:29 AM on September 19th, 2016:

    OMG we traded away the wrong QB!!!

  51. 51 Mitchell said at 9:15 AM on September 19th, 2016:

    I predict MSII with a sack, Huff with 70 yards and a td and Wentz throwing his first int but putting up 3 tds BB!!!

  52. 52 RobNE said at 9:47 AM on September 19th, 2016:

    as our resident doctor, please armchair diagnose injuries to Garapolo and AP, including expected games missed.

    note they said Garapolo x ray negative (shoulder), but could still be separated?

    not that I want people injured of course, I’m just observing and wondering status.

  53. 53 Mitchell said at 10:12 AM on September 19th, 2016:

    Looks like Garapollo has an AC injury grade II or III meaning either he tore the AC ligamament or both the AC and CC ligament. Non operative, conservative management. With recovery in 6-12 weeks.

  54. 54 RobNE said at 10:28 AM on September 19th, 2016:


    I believe he’s a FA after thus year, so that’s a shame for him. I would still think someone will pay him (maybe not top dollar), and I don’t see how Pats can keep him and Brady.

  55. 55 D3FB said at 1:28 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    He’s in year 3 of his rookie deal. He’s got this year and next.

  56. 56 oreofestar said at 1:35 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    yeah itll be interesting…not sure Id say Brady is done after next year, but cant imagine Pats want Jimmy to walk for free

  57. 57 RobNE said at 2:30 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    darn it

  58. 58 Ark87 said at 10:05 AM on September 19th, 2016:

    I’m happy for Sammy B. He played well, and being a big part of beating the Packers in the grand home opener will go a long way towards endearing him to Vikings players and fans.

    That said, the Vikings are 2-0 with a tough game out of the way and that much closer to a play-off appearance. 2nd round pick here we come!

  59. 59 scratcherk said at 10:08 AM on September 19th, 2016:

    much rather have them tank and get a higher 1st round pick

  60. 60 RobNE said at 10:27 AM on September 19th, 2016:

    I think all of us want that.

    Waking up this morning, checking cbs sports to confirm Vikings loss and reading “Bradford dominant in Vikings win” really blew my mind.

  61. 61 P_P_K said at 12:00 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    Add my mind to the blown column when I read ESPN called his performance “dazzling.”

  62. 62 Ark87 said at 10:27 AM on September 19th, 2016:

    Yeah but they are too good to tank, they were most likely to end up in no-man’s land with a late teen pick and nothing else. So, go Vikings!

  63. 63 D3FB said at 11:54 AM on September 19th, 2016:

    Late teens pick is still better than pick 31 and a 2018 2nd.

  64. 64 Ark87 said at 12:02 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    so lets root for a first round exit from the playoffs, not a Superbowl appearance.

  65. 65 D3FB said at 12:17 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    That would be a 2018 4th rounder…?

    That would be worse than them missing the playoffs.

  66. 66 Ark87 said at 1:19 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    wait how deep do they have to get to get a 2nd round pick?

  67. 67 D3FB said at 1:22 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    Superbowl for 2nd

    NFCCG is 3rd

  68. 68 oreofestar said at 1:23 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    NFCCG isnt the craziest thing in the world…honestly

  69. 69 oreofestar said at 1:23 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    Especially when Seatlle doesnt look good at all

  70. 70 Ark87 said at 4:29 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    yeah, no one in the NFC looks crazy good right now. We should have a better picture of that come October, but every team that should be a power house has some notable issues making them look extremely flawed at the moment.

  71. 71 D3FB said at 1:28 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    If McCarthy pulls his head out of his ass the Packers still win the division. That’s 2 road playoff games then. That’s a tall order. Vikings beat the Panthers this week, I’ll be worried about them making waves.

  72. 72 oreofestar said at 1:32 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    im not sure the Packers actually do win the division, if they do obviously that makes things tougher, but yeah Carolina will be a big test

  73. 73 Ark87 said at 4:32 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    yikes, that’s a tall order, maybe they will really feel the loss of AP, but it doesn’t seem like it for whatever reason right now.

  74. 74 FairOaks said at 5:41 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    They have to win the Super Bowl (i.e. have pick #32 next year) for us to be upgraded to a second round pick. If they are in the last four teams (i.e. in the NFC championship game, and pick 29-31) then we get a 3rd round pick in 2018. Anything less, we just get the 4th rounder.

    Them making the playoffs and losing the game before the NFC championship is the worst case scenario. If they are going to make the playoffs, root for them to win the whole thing (unless playing the Eagles, if that somehow happens).

    We are best off with them being terrible, but I don’t think that’s going to happen — their defense is too good, unless they have massive injury issues. Which means we are probably picking in the 20s anyways, regardless of the 2018 pick.

  75. 75 SteveH said at 10:23 AM on September 19th, 2016:

    I think it’s safe to say if Sleeves had played like that for us, or for the Rams for that matter, he never would have left the building. That was the best I ever saw him.

    He played so well I was surprised they only had 17 points to show for it.

    Also, Rodgers sucked last night. What the fuck is going on with him?

  76. 76 Ark87 said at 10:35 AM on September 19th, 2016:

    he was impressive, but it was in the context of “how did he play so well after only being with the Vikings for 2 weeks”

    I think this is one of those cases when everyone is happy with the trade.

  77. 77 anon said at 10:40 AM on September 19th, 2016:

    not how’d he play so well given that ol? or how’d he play so well passing to only on guy?

  78. 78 Ark87 said at 10:53 AM on September 19th, 2016:

    sure, as long as you also include the Packer’s gameplan was daring him to throw the ball by shutting down the run and surprise, Diggs is uncoverable.

    Look he put up 17 points on an iffy defense at home. He didn’t light the world on fire. He’s a good QB. He’s exactly what the Vikings need to go with their defense where 17-21 points might get them a lot of wins. Who knows what would happen if the vikings asked him to put up 30 or so points to keep up with a typical Rodgers performance.

  79. 79 unhinged said at 10:39 AM on September 19th, 2016:

    Rodgers was not that bad. Vikings D is very good. Packers D has been overrated since Ray Nitsche retired. Bradford has long been known as an accurate passer, but no running game, poor protection, no receivers who can 1) get open, 2) hold onto the ball. Even Rodgers could not succeed with those problems.

  80. 80 Gian GEAGLE said at 1:12 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    Lack of continuity from the injuries and lack of scheme/coaching continuith is Probably the main factor that has hurt him in the past….It doesn’t help that he spent years with dysfunctional Rams, and his one year here was chips dysfunctional mess.
    If he stays healthy, don’t be surprised if Teddy is at risk of not getting his starting job back next year… Silly for people to think Teddy is more capable than Sam

  81. 81 Julescat said at 11:18 AM on September 19th, 2016:

    is this the first time Sam has decent receivers?

  82. 82 FairOaks said at 5:36 PM on September 19th, 2016:


  83. 83 Gian GEAGLE said at 12:48 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    Sams performance should not be a surprise for anyone who respected the ridiculous factors working against him the last few years, not the least bit surprised that he looks good now that he has a year of good health under his belt

  84. 84 anon said at 10:42 AM on September 19th, 2016:

    sooo went over to 24/7 looking for some articles on sammy sleeves (i know, old flames die hard) it looks like that site is in a nose dive after the departure of shiel and tim.

  85. 85 Ark87 said at 10:55 AM on September 19th, 2016:

    they lost way too much talent. ESPN poached both of them right?

  86. 86 anon said at 10:56 AM on September 19th, 2016:


  87. 87 ICDogg said at 10:59 AM on September 19th, 2016:

    They both write for ESPN’s NFL Nation blogs, Tim for the Eagles, Sheil for the Seahawks.

  88. 88 Ark87 said at 11:04 AM on September 19th, 2016:

    I miss Shiel, he was one of our best beat writers, probably the best.

  89. 89 Mac said at 11:24 AM on September 19th, 2016:


  90. 90 Ark87 said at 11:58 AM on September 19th, 2016:

    I don’t know that I consider Tommy a beat writer, but come to think about it I may not accurately know what a beat writer is. I consider Tommy to be the premier Eagle’s blogger though.

  91. 91 Bert's Bells said at 1:17 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    Beat reporters need to be “on the ground”, going to press conferences, in the locker room. Like a “beat cop”.

  92. 92 Ark87 said at 1:18 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    OK good, that is the impression i got from the context of people who are called beat reporters lol

  93. 93 D3FB said at 1:25 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    Beat reporters cover the team on location. They are the ones at Novacare everyday.

  94. 94 Mac said at 2:21 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    Sorry, I couldn’t resist a blues brother’s reference, I did it without thinking about the “beat writer” terminology.

  95. 95 oreofestar said at 1:05 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    not Ark said thats a lot of talent gone

  96. 96 BlindChow said at 4:33 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    BLG turning it into BGN. The commentariat is in revolt.

  97. 97 Jbirdss said at 11:03 AM on September 19th, 2016:

    Eagles lost to bears in 2010 too (in case it helps disrupt that pattern)

  98. 98 xeynon said at 11:09 AM on September 19th, 2016:

    Enjoying being down here in enemy territory for Washington’s (predictable) flop. Their defense is bad and Josh Norman, while talented, can’t save it. He’s a good zone corner but they are paying him as if he were an elite Revis-style man-to-man cover guy, which he is not. As for Cousins, his limitations are being exposed – he’s not a guy who can make all the throws, and in high-leverage situations where you need the QB to gun the ball into a tight window to have a chance, he’s not going to get it done. I’m just sad this is happening before they gave him a huge, cap crippling contract.

    Neither Dallas nor NYG have blown me away either. Both have some talent but as you say are quite flawed. This division is wide open.

  99. 99 Gian GEAGLE said at 1:57 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    Lol are DC fans flipping out over John Wall showing up to washington stadium wearing a Cowboys Jersey? He has a rocky relationship with Bradley Beal who is making like 40mil more than John Wall. Wouldnt surprise me if Wall forces his way out of DC
    PS… John Wall and Joel Embiid are close friends 🙂

  100. 100 anon said at 3:11 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    yeah and sadly that team is going nowheres

  101. 101 Gian GEAGLE said at 12:53 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    Eagles fans have literally taken over the city of Chicago this weekend. This will be the game where Wentz finds out how crazy Eagles fans are flooding stadiums on the road with traveling eagle fans.
    Hopefully we don’t make this game harder than it needs to be..
    DL needs to dominate the Bears OL roughing up Cutler, while the offense doesn’t turn the ball over. Those two factors should be enough to win this game… Ryan Mathews and the Eagles run game has To be better than Chicagos average RB
    Hopefully Fipps ST unit can continue to outclass their counterparts

  102. 102 Tumtum said at 1:11 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    Hear Sammy Sleeves say he never heard a crowd like the one last night before? Intentional or unintentional dig at us?

  103. 103 anon said at 1:12 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    nah, opening night, new stadium, dome, against division rival, and they were winning?

  104. 104 Bert's Bells said at 1:15 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    Yeah, it’s not he was in any particularly momentous games in Philly.

  105. 105 Blackfoot said at 4:41 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    skins last year

  106. 106 Gian GEAGLE said at 1:19 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    I didn’t take it as a dig,,, SAM ain’t that type of dude, plus im sure he has a great relationship with our playërs and coaches and doesn’t seem like the spiteful type… I just took it as trying to endear himself to a new FANBASE.
    SAM should be happy. After what we paid for Wentz, realistically he has a better shot of taking Teddys job Longterm, than to keep Wentz on the bench past this season..
    If Im Bridgewater, I’d be worried

  107. 107 oreofestar said at 1:22 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    I kinda agree…everyone was saying the Vikings would be worse with Sam instead of Teddy and I dont see it, Teddy isnt that good, Sam could end up being better long term for them

  108. 108 Gian GEAGLE said at 1:24 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    Teddy has potential, but people grossly overrate the QB he is today..
    If Bradford can’t take Teddys job Longterm, I think we will see SAM replace Carson Palmer in Arizona with Bruce Arians

  109. 109 anon said at 1:25 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    Sam can def earn a job this year. Pats job will be opening up soon, Arizona, Dallas, Washington, etc. He just needs to put out good tape for another year, maybe two.

  110. 110 oreofestar said at 1:26 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    I mean the Vikings did invest a lot for Sam…if hes straight up better than Teddy, than Teddy could be the one who ends up on the block

  111. 111 anon said at 2:34 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    He’s a FA after this year so if he plays well in a couple of games they’ve got a decision to make.

  112. 112 John Galt said at 3:29 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    It was a two year deal he signed with us. May seem like it’s already been a year but he isn’t a FA until after next yr

  113. 113 Gian GEAGLE said at 1:28 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    Yeah a lot of teams will be looking to replace their old QBs in the not so distant future… Some team with a playoff ready roster will take SAM instead of starting over with a Rookie, if the Vikings łet him get away
    Bet the WRs will be more Pro SAM than Pro Teddy by the end of this year

  114. 114 oreofestar said at 1:30 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    Even if Teddy is at full strength Im not sure Id take him over Sam even considering age…and theres no guarantee that he will be at full strength this time next year

  115. 115 Gian GEAGLE said at 1:54 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    I hear you. I was very excited about SAM this year, and i won’t be the least bit surprised if Bradford proves to be an upgrade from what Teddy could have given them this year…. If SAM stays healthy, I think he can have some real success the next 3 years for someone

  116. 116 Tumtum said at 2:49 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    Which is one of the reason’s Howie said they wanted to trade up this year.

  117. 117 Tumtum said at 2:49 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    We may think we didn’t get enough for Sam by this time next year.

  118. 118 GermanEagle said at 1:30 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    Maybe we can trade the Dolphins first round pick next year for Teddy B.?! 😉

  119. 119 ACViking said at 2:46 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    SAM ain’t that type of dude

    And you know this how?

    Close friends?

    Your source on Maclin?

  120. 120 D3FB said at 1:24 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    omg sam domed stadiums, specificially one designed to maximize accoustics tend to be louder than open air ones

  121. 121 Gian GEAGLE said at 1:59 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    $ammy Dollaz!!!!

  122. 122 Tumtum said at 1:09 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    Bears giving 3 at home. That is the obligatory home team favorite; “we have no clue” money line.

  123. 123 ChoTime said at 2:20 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    I don’t blame ’em. The Eagles have been pretty erratic lately. Non-fans don’t expect rookies to play great, especially on a consistent basis. Some people might still consider Jay Cutler a star-ish QB.

    The standard +3 home team advantage.

  124. 124 Tumtum said at 2:45 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    I really expected a 3 1/2 – 4 for the bears. All the 3 means to me is that I’m not excited enough about Wentz.

  125. 125 Blackfoot said at 4:39 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    he is more like a star fish QB

  126. 126 BobSmith77 said at 3:35 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    Yup. It is Sept and Vegas can’t figure out which of these supposed crappier teams is the better one to entice betters.

    I actually think it is a pretty appropriate line and unlike last week there wasn’t much movement in it with supposedly slightly more money on the Eagles.

    I’d took the Bears in my week this pool.

  127. 127 Tdoteaglefan said at 1:14 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    pretty good article on Wentz

  128. 128 CrackSammich said at 2:13 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    TIL Carson Wentz; Has a lot of RAM.

  129. 129 Gian GEAGLE said at 1:32 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    Vic Fangio raved about Wentz… LOL @ the Report that the Browns fired all their pro Wentz scouts before the draft. Can that really be possible, or is it An exaggerated report?
    Howie and Pederson QB evaluations vs Hugh Jackson, Jeff Fisher, Rams/Browns front office QB evaluations….. I like our chances

  130. 130 GermanEagle said at 1:34 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    So I am losing my second FF match by 47 points. Have JMatt and the Eagles D still to play.

    Here’s hoping to 14 catches for 148 Yards and 2 TDs by Matthews and a shutout by the Eagles D.

    Go birds!!!

  131. 131 MattE said at 1:57 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    down by 8 with the Eagles-D tonight…. sat Ryan Mathews for Rawls (oye!).

  132. 132 Tdoteaglefan said at 2:23 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    Same here, im down by 38 and have fletcher cox and the eagles D..hoping for some great defensive performances by both

  133. 133 Gian GEAGLE said at 1:37 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    I missed McNabb on with Golic this morning. I assume he took Cutler and his hometown Bears over the Eagles?

  134. 134 Gian GEAGLE said at 1:51 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    I want to see ROCKIN Rod McLeod go all “Hitstick” on Dak so bad!!!
    Jay Gruden is turning into the king of publically throwing his QBs under the Bus.. After betting on himself, I think Cousins is under enough pressure without his coaching calling him out publically. Reports already emerge of the lockerroom being disgruntled at how Cousins is playing… Trouble in division title paradise? … In the first two weeks, Cousins is the king of racking up meaningless passing yards. That ENDZONE INT in the 4th quarter was terrible
    Zeke struggling with his transition to the Pro’s. After week 1 he said “I wasn’t brought here to be average”.. I think the Cowboys would have been thrilled if he were average yesterday instead of being flat out bad. It’s too early to panick, but with zeke being so polished coming out of OSU, dallas is so lucky Dak is doing OK, or their draft would be looking really bad with Zeke struggling behind the best run blocking OL, Jaylen Smith and the DL they drafted being injured… Hopefully they put Romo back on the field when he is healthy. His body can no longer withstand NFL hits, so hopefully they waste more of their time with fools gold Romo
    After our DL has DOMINATED the Giants for years now, I don’t respect them as real competition until they adress the putrid right side of their OL
    We have our own Flaws, but this division Couldnt be any more wide open. Certainly wide open enough to feel like you have a chance even with a rookie QB

  135. 135 Gian GEAGLE said at 2:03 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    Seahawks fined for illegal offseason practices, both The team and Coach were hit with a fine, they lose 2017 5th round pick, and they lose a week of 2017 OTA’s…. They are repeat offenders which is why the penalty is so steep

  136. 136 ChoTime said at 2:20 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    You hate to see people trying that hard.

  137. 137 unhinged said at 3:33 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    One of the worst sayings, always cited by liars: “If you weren’t cheating, you weren’t trying hard enough…”

  138. 138 ChoTime said at 3:34 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    Ha, I love that saying! I first heard John Stockton say it.

    Just curious, what’s your Myers-Briggs personality type?

  139. 139 unhinged said at 4:01 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    I just took the test. “INTP”

  140. 140 Sean Stott said at 4:06 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    yay me too.

  141. 141 HawaiianEagle said at 4:31 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    Mine came out “PATS”

  142. 142 ChoTime said at 4:41 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    Me 3. 🙂

  143. 143 Sean Stott said at 5:39 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    it makes sense, INTP like to discuss things and throw around ideas and opinions without too much commitment.

  144. 144 Dave said at 4:02 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    These guys have a different saying…”the NFL won’t take your Championship away if you’re caught cheating, so we really have nothing to lose if we get caught.”

  145. 145 GermanEagle said at 2:40 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    So when will we be awarded the KC’s draft pick due to tampering with Maclin?!

  146. 146 Mac said at 2:48 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    I still can’t believe the Eagles got nothing out of that deal.

  147. 147 Greg Richards said at 3:50 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    I think NFL had Qs about the timing of the Pederson hire(as well as Maxwell’s signing last year as FA) and agreed to not make that an issue in exchange for not giving us compensation from KC. Basically the Eagles are being penalized without officially being penalized.

  148. 148 MattE said at 2:49 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    2 weeks, 2 QBs. Only way is up for Cody Kessler lol

  149. 149 GermanEagle said at 2:50 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    Barner to the Vikings for their 1st round pick in 2018?! Work your magic, Howie!

  150. 150 Insomniac said at 3:09 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    I’d trade Barner and a 3rd for Diggs

  151. 151 anon said at 3:11 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    think they wanted diggs in the bradford trade and vikigns were like gtfoh -only decent skill player on that roster

  152. 152 Insomniac said at 3:14 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    True. I”m surprised they’re not giving Treadwell any time with how badly the other WRs performed.

  153. 153 anon said at 3:28 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    me too – i need another wr in fantasy

  154. 154 Dave said at 3:59 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    lol, I read that as Banner.

    I’m thinking, Howie just may be able to get a draft pick for free agent Joe Banner. They can do a sign and trade like they did for Sam and send Joe Banner to St. Louis, I mean LA Rams.

  155. 155 Gian GEAGLE said at 3:02 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    AP tore his Meniscus which is lucky that it wasn’t much worse.
    Danny Woodhead tore his ACL

  156. 156 anon said at 3:11 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    yeah knew it was over for woodhead.

  157. 157 MattE said at 3:30 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    yeah man i feel for Woodhead

  158. 158 Gian GEAGLE said at 3:07 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    Poetic Justice!!
    After Hue Jackson and the Browns front office publically ripped Wenfz during draft time, Loud Mouth Hue Jackson continued to talk out of his ass after the draft, acting as if he was so clever because they drafted Cody Kessler who they view as a steal…. Think Hue’s mouth wrote checks that his ass can’t cash.. Love how a coach who talks too damn much is forced to put his money where his mouth is and start Kessler on Sunday. All that talk, now let’s see Hue and the Browns front office back it up.. Lol
    #ClevelandClowns #SameOldBrowns

  159. 159 BobSmith77 said at 3:33 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    What do you expect him to say? That Kessler really isn’t adequate and they are forced into starting him?

  160. 160 MattE said at 3:38 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    …i mean that would be the best press conference ever lol.

    Reporter: “How do you feel about starting Kessler this weekend”

    Hue Jackson: “We fuc*ed”

    Reporter: “…….errr can you elaborate?”

    Hue Jackson: “Kessler sucks and I only drafted him cause you know USC….”

    Reporter: “…… your saying he has a chance?”

  161. 161 Insomniac said at 3:21 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    So uhh I think we could have gotten better trade value if we traded Rowe to the Colts. They lost more DBs this week..

  162. 162 MattE said at 3:41 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    it’s fine Howie will trade a mannequin with a DB’s number spray painted on it and get a 2nd rounder for it…..pretty sure Grigson wouldn’t know being that he is like #31 of 32 GM’s in the league.

  163. 163 ChoTime said at 3:45 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    What, no one wants to trade Chase Daniels to the Pats?

  164. 164 RobNE said at 3:49 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    I’m sticking with my prediction from last week, 31-13 Iggles.

  165. 165 bushisamoron said at 3:52 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    24-17 birds

  166. 166 Greg Richards said at 3:54 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    Eagles 38 Bears 3

  167. 167 P_P_K said at 7:07 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    The last Eagles shutout, in 2014 against the Giants, I believe they were wearing the color jerseys they have on tonight. 38-0!

  168. 168 oreofestar said at 3:54 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    23-21 Eagles

  169. 169 RobNE said at 3:57 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    wow a comment from the Vikings blog:

    Am I the only one who thinks
    That this offense could be better without Adrian? His presence just makes the offense so predictable. I say sit him for a week or two and let’s see how the offense runs without the opponent knowing exactly what we’re going to be doing in running situations. Let’s see if the opponent still finds it easy to stop our running game when we’re able to run out of more than one formation. It’s not like McKinnon can’t be a HR threat sure he’s not all time elite status like Peterson but his skill set also isn’t so narrow that it pigeon toes the offense.

  170. 170 unhinged said at 4:10 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    There’s zero-sum thinking at its worst. If AP=predictability, that’s a ton of praise due him because he makes every defense pay attention to him. And if they know what he’s going to do and he does it, and has some long gainers in the process, along with some no-gain plays, that is still very QB friendly and OC friendly. Why wouldn’t you just want to mix in some McKinnon runs instead of benching AP. I don’t get it.

  171. 171 anon said at 4:17 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    Reaction to what we saw last two games. But having a QB that pass effectively means Stefon Diggs will put up 200yds a game i adrian puts up 50 and vice versa.

  172. 172 Nailed It! said at 4:30 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    The long form of Pederson Mic’d up is excellent. I have a ton more confidence in him now after training camp is over. I can start to understand why the front office was so high on him.

  173. 173 Nailed It! said at 4:34 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    He seems to genuinely care about every guy on the roster.

  174. 174 laeagle said at 5:38 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    Loved watching that. He’s a different guy when not talking to the media.


    I’m getting shades of the Magic Man from this scene:

    “I like to picture Jesus in a tuxedo tshirt…”

  175. 175 iceberg584 said at 5:42 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    Honey Beau Beau…that’s perfect.

  176. 176 Dave said at 6:53 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    I almost spit out my drink when I heard him say that!

  177. 177 scratcherk said at 6:30 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    That was awesome

  178. 178 Nailed It! said at 5:57 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    Sooo has anyone discussed the Birds 24/7 crew getting their panties in the ultimate knot? Wholly moly I leave for 4 days and there was a mutiny over there. And now they are on Kempski’s site just turning that comment section into a huge bitch fest.

  179. 179 Sean Stott said at 6:21 PM on September 19th, 2016:


  180. 180 anon said at 6:23 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    yeah i noticed it when i went over there hoping from some articles on Sammy Dollaz. 24/7 not loving the BLG hire, which is understandable, gotta know your readers.

  181. 181 Sean Stott said at 6:23 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    ? What are you guys talking about? I feel out of the loop

  182. 182 anon said at 6:25 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    So both Sheil and Tim left 24/7 for Espn. They replaced Tim with the guy that ran bleeding green nation. Comment section of birds 24/7 HATE that blog now and have all moved over to commenting on Kempski’s articles.

  183. 183 Sean Stott said at 6:25 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    Why don’t they like BLG?

  184. 184 anon said at 7:25 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    No more All-22s feels like content has been dumbed down.

  185. 185 Nailed It! said at 6:27 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    Just happy they are not flooding this board. Tommy would love it to get the clicks but not me.

  186. 186 Bert's Bells said at 6:32 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    BLG is pretty good.

    Eagles bloggers are better than the beat writers in most other NFL cities. Heck, they’re usually better than the mainstream Eagles coverage.

  187. 187 Nailed It! said at 6:34 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    They have migrated to Jimmy’s site and I hope they don’t change him. I have always liked Jimmy from way back in Blogging the Beast days.

  188. 188 Bert's Bells said at 6:37 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    I’m a Kempski fan too. I have faith.

    A lot of the 24/7 posters are really good. Funny, smart, articulate. Funny that they’d get bent out of shape.

  189. 189 anon said at 7:25 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    I think their issue is that BLG just writes fluff pieces no more all All-22s, detailed breakdowns, etc. Part of me really thinks that’s more of a CK era thing that happened to coincide with Sheil and Tim, but i think they want more substance to their articles; can’t blame them, thats why i’m an igglesblitz regular..

  190. 190 Sean Stott said at 6:22 PM on September 19th, 2016:

  191. 191 anon said at 6:24 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    This is worse than me talking about Kaep not standing during the anthem. Can i minimize this?

  192. 192 Sean Stott said at 6:24 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    lol IDK why but I just love this vine so much and after their loss yesterday WHY NOT?

  193. 193 Sean Stott said at 6:25 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    I also like how the first time it’s you LIKE that, then it’s YOU like that

  194. 194 Greg Richards said at 7:04 PM on September 19th, 2016:

    Kyle Fuller is inactive for CHI.

    Eagles have same inactives as last week except Burton replaces Ertz and Terrence Brooks is active with McKelvin out.

  195. 195 Nailed It! said at 7:15 PM on September 19th, 2016:


  196. 196 Nailed It! said at 7:19 PM on September 19th, 2016:

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