Moon's Week 16 Grades
Coaches did not make the mistakes that had the Bears virtually out of the game within the first 7 minutes of the first half. But a team facing its biggest single game of the season, with the playoffs there for them, was not ready to play a team for which the outcome didn’t mean a lot, since the Eagles need to defeat the Cowboys in Dallas next Sunday to win the NFC East.
“We weren’t at our best and that starts with me,” coach Marc Trestman said.
On offense, the Bears called just nine runs for Matt Forte, four in the first quarter and then none in the second as the game was being decided and taken away from the Bears. The lack of run game also freed the Eagles to unleash a rush on Cutler that produced five sacks.
In the second quarter, the Bears called 20 plays – all pass plays. Cutler threw 17 times, scrambled once and was sacked twice.
“We were down 14-0 pretty quickly and then 21-0,” Cutler said. “It's hard to get in a rhythm because it's pass, pass, pass.”
The Bears won the toss but chose to receive rather than defer. The strategy placed the Bears’ offenses on the field first rather than allow the Eagles to potentially get the game – and crowd – started with an offensive show. The ploy backfired when the Eagles sacked Jay Cutler on the third play, allowing the Philadelphia defense to get the crowd into the game.
The Chicago defense allowed a season-worst 514 yards, failing to have any answers for either the Philadelphia run or pass games.
Cutler and the coaches combined for a delay penalty after a first down inside the Philadelphia 5-yard line in the third quarter. Insignificant in a 30-point game at the time but reflective of a general meltdown.