CHICAGO, IL (CBS) — There was a lot to like, some things that need to be seriously cleaned up (see dropped passes) and much to look forward to after the Eagles’ 29-14 win over the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on Monday night.
Coach Doug Pederson’s creative play calling.
Quarterback Carson Wentz continued growth, his poise and his toughness.
Defensive end Brandon Graham’s sack and two tackles for losses.
Linebacker Nigel Bradham’s interception near the end of the third quarter, which set up Trey Burton’s touchdown.
Tight end Trey Burton’s two-yard TD reception.
Running back Ryan Mathews’ gutty, three-yard touchdown run with :53 left in the third quarter to give the Eagles a 16-7 lead. Mathews finished with two touchdowns and 32 yards rushing.
Safety Malcolm Jenkins’ sack on Chicago’s first drive.
Defensive lineman Destony Vaeao’s sack and fumble-inducing hit on Jay Cutler in the third quarter.
Linebacker Jordan Hicks’ fumble recovery on Vaeao’s sack.
Quarterback Carson Wentz on the Eagles first drive. He completed his first six passes and drove the Eagles to the Chicago seven-yard line. Wentz hit five different receivers on the 13-play, 7-minute, 26-second drive. Wentz went 8-for-9 on the series for 41 yards.
Left tackle Jason Peters holding call on the Eagles’ second series took away a Ryan Mathews’ first-down run. The penalty spoiled the drive.
Defensive tackle Fletcher Cox in the first half didn’t make a play. He applied some pressure to Jay Cutler, but for a game-changing presence he did little to make himself known over the first two quarters.
The Eagles’ rushing game produced a paltry 21 yards rushing in the first half.
Receiver Jordan Matthews absolutely blew a perfect pass by Wentz that should have been a 35-yard touchdown.
Receiver Nelson Agholor’s drop on a Wentz scramble with a little less than 11:00 left in the third quarter. Agholor dropped yet another pass—this time in the end zone early in the fourth quarter.
Cornerback Jalen Mills getting caught on the double move by Alshon Jeffery for a 49-yard gain, which set up the Bears first score of the game. A few plays before that, Mills missed a tackle on Eddie Royal.
Center Jason Kelce may want to forget the third drive of the Bears’ game. He was flagged for holding Eddie Goldman, wiping out a 19-yard completion from Wentz to Brent Celek—and a first down. He was later flagged for a personal foul for grabbing Jon Bullard’s facemask. The Bears declined that penalty.
The Eagles had three first downs called back due to penalties.