Refocused: Philadelphia Eagles 31, Chicago Bears 3
Becoming the first team to reach double-digit wins on the season came easy for the Philadelphia Eagles, as Carson Wentz & Co. routed the visiting Chicago Bears on Sunday, 31-3.
Wentz joined Donovan McNabb and Hall of Fame gunslinger Sonny Jurgenson as the only three players in Eagles history to throw multiple touchdown passes in seven consecutive games as he completed 23-of-36 passes for 227 yards and three touchdowns. He also had an impact on the ground with his 29 rushing yards on five carries.
Opposite to Wentz’s all-star performance, Bears rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky struggled to get anything going for what quickly became a one-dimensional Chicago offense.
The Bears’ relatively non-existent rushing attack coupled with the early deficit forced the game onto Trubisky’s shoulders, leading to a sub-par performance from the former North Carolina product. Trubisky completed just 17-of-33 passes for 147 yards and two interceptions. With that, we give you our PFF-exclusive takeaways from the contest for each team.
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QB Carson Wentz, 72.8 overall grade
In typical fashion, Wentz disributed the ball to his playmakers with a quick strike, rhythm attack underneath with 24 of his 36 attempts coming under 10 yards. Wentz and the Eagles game planning and design in the red zone was efficient yet again, as he found Zach Ertz on a corner post for a touchdown and later her found Alshon Jeffrey behind coverage for another touchdown. Wentz also had touchdown on a bubble screen that saw Nelson Agholor make defenders miss en route to the end zone. His play under pressure was impressive, posting a 139.8 passer rating under duress on the afternoon.
Ertz had another big day, catching 10 of his 12 targets for 103 yards and a touchdown. He was able to consistently separate from underneath coverage throughout the game, with Wentz finding him on a number of quick timing routes in between the numbers. His lone touchdown came in the red zone on a nice double move on safety Adrian Amos, creating a large window for Wentz to fire a strike for their first touchdown of the game.
DI Fletcher Cox, 87.0 overall grade
In the past six weeks Fletcher Cox has been utterly dominant, recording four sacks, seven hits, and 22 hurries. This weeks he recorded a sack, a hit and 2 hurries as the Chicago interior offensive linemen struggled against the power and speed of Cox.
LB Mychal Kendricks, 88.4 overall grade
Kendricks was a big reason why the Bears where unable to get anything going in the run game, as he was often too quick to be blocked and caused chaos for the Bears. In the passing game, Kendricks was only targeted once and didnt allow a catch.
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C Cody Whitehair, 79.4 overall grade
In a day where nothing went right for the Bears, as they where overmatched from the get go, Cody Whitehair was able to hold his head high. He allowed zero pressures, and produced well as a run blocker.
QB Mitchell Trubisky, 46.0 overall grade
Mitchell Trubisky’s raw stats look pretty poor, and he didn’t have a good game, but he was not helped by his receivers who struggled to create much separation. On paper it looked like the Eagles would rack up pressure all game long, but Trubisky was only pressured on nine plays, however on those nine plays he only competed 2 out of 6 attempts for 15 yards.
CB Cre’von LeBlanc, 86.5 overall grade
LeBlanc was one of the lone bright spots for the Bears defense on the afternoon, limiting the Eagles attack when targeted. On the day LeBlanc was targeted eight times, allowing five catches for just 35 yards with a long of nine yards. He was able to consistently make sound tackles, limiting run after catch opportunities for Eagles pass catchers.
With the Eagles quick strike attack, Acho was the only Bears defender to create much pressure, consistently winning his matchup with T Halapoulivaata Vaiti. He had multiple wins both inside and around the edge, totaling three quarterback hurries and one hit on the day. Acho ended up fairly solid in the run game as well, posting a 75.4 run grade.
PFF Game Ball: Brandon Brooks, G
*Grades are subject to change upon review