Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is constantly trying to prove doubters wrong. Cutler, always on the cusp of being one of the league’s best quarterbacks, has to be more consistent with his play, especially after he struggled against the Houston Texans in Week 1.
The Bears are 0-1 going into a Monday Night Football matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles that will be broadcast on ESPN beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET. An online stream of the game will be available via WatchESPN shortly before kickoff.
Cutler completed 16 of 29 passes for 216 yards with a touchdown and an interception in Week 1. It wasn’t a good performance, but the Bears also didn’t give him much help, allowing him to be sacked five times for a total loss of 31 yards. Jeremy Langford, the new starting running back with Matt Forte departing in free agency, had just 57 yards on 17 carries.
That’s a per-carry average of 3.4 yards, which isn’t going to cut it when it comes to opening lanes up for the passing game. Alshon Jeffery was dependable at receiver, catching four passes for 105 yards, but ultimately the Bears didn’t look good against a Texans team that many criticized for overpaying for Brock Osweiler in the offseason.
Defensively, the Bears let Osweiler throw for 231 yards and two touchdowns, and also allowed the Texans to run for 129 yards on the ground. They were out-gained in every aspect of the game and lost accordingly. With the Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions all looking like they’re capable of winning games this season, the Bears need to get in the win column sooner than later.
Carson Wentz led the way for the Eagles in Week 1, perhaps taking the Cleveland Browns by surprise in the 29-10 win. Wentz, the second overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft, completed 22 of 37 passes for 278 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions.
Wentz looked anything but a rookie against the Browns, a team that many expect will be better than it has been in recent years. It helped that he received support from his running game, as the Eagles put up 133 yards in total on the ground. Ryan Mathews carried the ball 22 times for 77 yards and a touchdown.
Jordan Matthews was Wentz’s go-to receiver in Week 1, catching seven passes for 114 yards and a touchdown. But the Eagles probably don’t want Wentz to have to throw for 37 times per game, especially given Matthews was targeted a total of 14 times. Matthews only hauled in half of his targets, and it stands to reason that some of those are going to land in the hands of defensive backs if the trend continues.
Below is all you need to know to watch Monday’s primetime matchup.
How to watch Eagles vs. Bears on Monday
Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
Location: Soldier Field, Chicago, Ill.
Announcers: Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden
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