The Bears and Eagles matchup in week two on Monday Night Football. Both teams had a plethora of things to take away from their week one performances. The Eagles are 1-0 currently after a 29-10 win over the Browns in week one. The Bears are 0-1 after a 23-14 loss to Houston this past Sunday. Both clubs will surely be looking to impress on Monday, especially since the game will be nationally broadcasted.
The Carson Wentz era started last Sunday as Wentz got his first career start as well as his first career win. I’m not going to sit here and overhype Wentz after one game in the NFL, especially since he played arguably the worst team in the NFL in the Cleveland Browns.
That being said, Wentz did show flashes of brilliance. Throwing for 270 yards and two touchdowns isn’t something to overlook in a QB’s first career start. Wentz has an above average offensive line in front of him, including pro bowl left tackle Jason Peters. Ryan Matthews is a promising quick running back, who could cause the Bears defense problems as Chicago’s run defense was ranked 24th in 2015. Jordan Matthews really showed out in week one with 114 receiving yards and a touchdown.
Wentz has the weapons around him, he just needs to put them to good use. As for the defensive side of the football, the Eagles really held the Browns in check on Sunday, limiting them to a measly ten points. The birds from Philly have pro bowl defensive end Fletcher Cox, and Connor Barwin who combined for 16.5 sacks last year. Malcom Jenkins leads the secondary for Philadelphia, racking up an impressive 90 individual tackles at the safety position.
As for the Bears, their week one didn’t go as well as their week 2 opponents. Chicago was very promising in the first half, scoring 14 points on one of the best if not the best defenses in the NFL. The second half, they just couldn’t produce. Jay Cutler is the Chicago’s gunslinger and he looked average against the Houston defense, throwing for 216 yards and throwing a touchdown as well as an interception.
Jeremy Langford, Chicago’s speedy running back out of Michigan State, had a mediocre game at best, only running for 57 yards on 17 attempts. That should change in week 2, as the Eagles defense were ranked 23rd in run defense last season.
Alshon Jeffery was definitely the shining star for the Windy City’s offense. Jeffery caught 4 balls for a whopping 105 yards, averaging 26 yards a catch. The Bears offensive line was a no show in the second half, allowing Watt and the Texans defense to sack Cutler 5 times in the last two quarters alone. The Monsters of the Midway have an average defense this year on paper.
Notable players are Eddie Goldman at nose tackle, Danny Trevathen at middle linebacker, and Tracy Porter as a defensive back. All three players will have to play above average games Monday night so Wentz cannot get in a groove.
If Chicago can put pressure on Wentz and limit the run game, they will put Jay Cutler and the offense in a great position to win the game. The Eagles defense has the easier task of stopping Chicago’s offense, as Cox and Barwin should have a field day against the below average Bears offensive line.
This game comes down to which defense can stop the run and make the other team’s QB show they can make plays. Both teams were horrible to say the least in run defense in 2015. Both QB’s are anything but elite, Cutler being mediocre for Chicago for years and Wentz only playing in his second career game. Defense wins championships, and defense will win this week 2 Monday night matchup. My prediction, Cutler prevails in the decent at best QB battle, the Bears pressure Wentz into quick decisions, and Chicago prevails 21-17 in week 2.