Foles should never be the Eagles leading rusher especially when LeSean McCoy is healthy. The Eagles abandonment of the run on Sunday was baffling. McCoy rushed eight times for 38 yards averaging 4.8 yards per carry so his effectiveness was not an issue. The Eagles called 10 designed rushes of their 65 plays on Sunday which is just 15.4% of all plays. It was Philadelphia's lowest percentage of the season and the fourth-lowest in the NFL all year. The Eagles rushed the ball 67.6% of the time against the Lions - although weather did play a role.
McCoy said earlier this week he wants to put the offense on his back against the Bears.
On the outside, DeSean Jackson and Riley Cooper have some making-up to do for last weekend. Jackson had a great day catching 10 passes for a season-high 195 yards and a touchdown. Unfortunately the Fox cameras caught Jackson yelling at an Eagles assistant coach on the sidelines as the game was slowly slipping through their fingers.
While Jackson needs to make up for his actions off the field, Cooper needs to step his game up on the field. Cooper caught just four passes for 29 yards and no touchdowns. It was his lowest output since he had just 13 receiving yards against the New York Giants on October 27th. One thing that should be noted is Cooper has not caught a touchdown pass in four games dating back to his two touchdown-performance against the Green Bay Packers on November 10th.
The Bears defense could possible get a lift in the form of Pro Bowl linebacker Lance Briggs who has missed the last seven games with a fractured shoulder. Briggs is listed as a game-time decision. Chicago figures to see a lot of McCoy as they are dead-last in the NFL in rush yards allowed per game allowing 152.4.
Chicago features one of the most dangerous runningbacks in the NFL in Matt Forte. The 28-year-old back can lead Chicago to victory on the ground or through the air. He has rushed for 1,200 yards this season but also has a career-high 66 catchers for 522 yards. He has rushed for 102 or more yards in each of his last three games surpassing the 120-yard mark in two of them.
The Bears also feature one of the most feared receiving tandems in the NFL with Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffrey on the outside. The 6'4", 230 lbs. Marshall already has 90 receptions for 1,185 yards and 10 touchdowns this season. He has put up 95 or more receiving yards in five of his last seven weeks topping the 100-yard mark in four of those games. He is listed as questionable for Sunday with a leg injury.
The 23-year-old Jeffrey has been a pleasant surprise for the Bears. The 2012 second round pick is having a breakout year catching 80 passes for 1,265 yards and seven touchdowns. He only caught 24 passes for 367 yards and three touchdowns last season as a rookie. Standing at 6'3" and 216 lbs. Jeffrey is a matchup nightmare given his stature and Marshall's size opposite him.
The Eagles defense got roughed up big time against the Minnesota Vikings and their "bend but don't break" attitude was slaughtered in the process. Minnesota put up 48 points on the Eagles as they forced only one turnover. Philadelphia ranks 31st in the NFL in passing yards allowed which has to have Cutler, Marshall, and Jeffrey slobbering.
Jeffrey, 23, is the bears leading receiver and the seventh leading receiver in the NFL overall. Three weeks ago he set the Chicago franchise-record with 249 receiving yards and two touchdowns against the Minnesota Vikings. He has four touchdowns in the last three games. He could be in store for a huge game against the banged up Eagles secondary.
Williams, 28, has been off the stat sheet the last two weeks recording just five total tackles and one pass defended over that span. He has been caught out of position but not flagged. He trails only Brandon Boykin among Eagles cornerbacks with passes defended with 10 on the year. Sunday night will be a challenge as he will be lined up across from Jeffrey or Marshall.