The Chicago Bears (8-7) head coach Marc Trestman bet on Jay Cutler being the guy that could beat the 1st place Philadelphia Eagles (9-6) instead of Josh McCown, and it turned around and bit Trestman on the backside with Cutler playing poorly in the Bears 54-11 loss to the Eagles at the Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Eagles quarterback Nick Foles was near perfect in throwing 2 touchdowns in passes to Riley Cooper and Brent Celeck in dominating performance. Foles completed 21 of 25 passes for 230 yards with a completion percentage of 84 for the game. That’s extraordinary for a player.
The Eagles scored 21 points in the 1st quarter in blitzing the hapless Bears right off the bat. At halftime, the Eagles led 24-3. They then scored 9 points in the 3rd and another 21 points in the 4th quarter to complete the rout at 54-11. The thing is the Eagles weren’t even trying hard to put points up on the board in the 4th, as they pretty much stopped throwing the football and were focusing on mainly running the ball to run out the clock and save the Bears some of their dignity. However, the Eagles’ running game was just too good, as they got touchdowns of 10 yards by Chris Polk and a long 65-yard TD from Bryce Brown. The Eagles also scored on a 54-yard interception return by Brandon Boykin of a Jay Cutler pass.
Eagles running back LeSean McCoy rushed for 133 yards on 18 carries with 2 touchdowns. McCoy’s touchdown runs were both 1 yards. Bryce Brown rushed for 115 yards on 9 carries with 1 touchdown.
Bears running back Matt Forte was held to just 29 yards on 9 carries. Michael Bush gained 20 yards on 7 carries.
Cutler passes for 222 yards on 20 of 35 pass attempts with 1 touchdown and 1 interception that was returned for a touchdown. He was sacked 5 times. Backup quarterback Josh McCown completed 2 of 4 passes for 20 yards. Obviously, Trestman should have gone to McCown much earlier in the game instead of waiting until the game was totally out of hand before inserting him into it.
The Bears now need to beat the Packers next Sunday in order to win the division. The game is at home for the Bears at Soldier Field in Chicago, but you don’t like to see things having to go to these depths when they could have won the division simply by beating the Eagles.