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Week 11 Game Recap: Philadelphia Eagles 24, Chicago Bears 20
|QB Donovan McNabb, Pass: 23 - 32 - 244 - 2 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 4 - 5 - 0|
McNabb turned in a solid performance in week 11 for the Eagles doing what it took to earn his team a victory at all costs. McNabb faced an aggressive and affective Bears pass rush during the 1st half, but continually showed good footwork by buying himself extra time when the pocket broke down. He spread the ball around often hitting his WR's on slant routes out of the slot. McNabb's lone turnover came from going to that well one too many times, throwing a pick mid-way through the 2nd quarter. McNabb made some adjustments and finished the game strong leading the Eagles on two scoring drives to put them ahead for good.
|QB Michael Vick, Pass: 1 - 1 - 0 - 0 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 1 - 34 - 0|
Vick saw some work early in the game lining up in the wildcat on a couple of snaps. The 1st snap he juked safety Daniel Manning to the ground with a great cut and gained 36 yard on a run. Vick later found TE Brent Celek for a short completion.
|RB LeSean McCoy, Rush: 20 - 99 - 1 (1 targets)|
McCoy was put to heavy use in week 11, getting 20 carries for just the 2nd time in his rookie season. He often looked explosive out of the backfield with sharp cutbacks and good field vision. This was a consistent effort from the beginning and he ripped off medium sized chunks of yards multiple times. His hard work paid off late as used a quick jump cut to the outside for the game winning TD from 9 yards out. McCoy had some fumbling issues in college, and they resurfaced in week 11 as he put one on the grass early in the 4th quarter in his own territory.
|RB Leonard Weaver, Rush: 3 - 9 - 0, Rec: 2 - 12 - 0 (2 targets)|
With Brian Westbrook out of action, the Eagles utilized the bruising tank Leonard Weaver on a couple more plays than normal this week. Weaver saw the majority of his work in the 1st half, rumbling for a few yards on each carry and catching a few screen passes out of the backfield.
|WR DeSean Jackson, Rush: 1 - 10 - 0, Rec: 8 - 107 - 1 (10 targets)|
It's no secret at this point that DeSean Jackson is a tremendous deep threat on any given week for the Eagles. He has caught 4 TD's of great than 50 yards already this season. In week 11, QB Donovan McNabb utilized Jackson out of the slot on short slant routes often. This may have lulled the Bears secondary a bit though as Jackson abused safety Al Afalava in single coverage for a long 48 yard TD. Jackson ended leading the Eagles across the board this week (targets, catches and yards). He is still prone to a boneheaded play every now and then, highlighted by getting the ball knocked loose after a catch. He is starting to really cement himself as not only a tremendous talent, but a true week after week fantasy starter for his owners.
|WR Jeremy Maclin, Rec: 6 - 64 - 0 (9 targets)|
Maclin is clearly an emerging player in this offense, and it was put on display once again in week 11. He lined up in different spots on the line throughout the game, doing his best work out of the slot on quick slant patterns vs. bump and run coverage. Maclin wasn't able to find much space to utilize his athleticism; however he managed to turn in a solid game finishing with 6 catches for 64 yards.
|WR Jason Avant, Rec: 4 - 26 - 1 (5 targets)|
3rd WR option Jason Avant was rock solid in week 11 for the Eagles despite seeing limited opportunities. McNabb targeted Avant on multiple screens and short routes throughout the game. He was able to take one of the short screens to the house for a TD. Avant pulled double-duty on the play as he threw a very nice block to free McNabb up to make the throw before rolling out to make the catch. With so many weapons in this offense it's hard to imagine Avant being a weekly threat, however he is proving his value and that he deserves to be in the rotation at this point.
|TE Brent Celek, Rec: 4 - 35 - 0 (5 targets)|
TE Brent Celek was held in check for the most part in week 11 as the Bears defense seemed committed to slowing him down. Despite the extra attention Celek went right to work from the start getting the first few targets of the game. McNabb targeted him in the end zone in the 1stquarter as well, but overthrew him in the corner. Celek finished with his 2nd lowest production game of the season.
|QB Jay Cutler, Pass: 24 - 43 - 171 - 1 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 2 - 11 - 0|
Jay Cutler did not look like himself at all this week. Of course he is often a mixed bag as it is, however he plays the part of a gunslinger very well in both good times and bad. However, this week he played tentative and tried too hard to not make mistakes. He had plenty of chances to make big plays in this game but repeatedly failed to cash in. Cutler had no accuracy on his deep balls, and showed poor mechanics throwing off his back foot while falling away from pressure often. Despite his erratic play he still had a shot to lead the Bears to a late come from behind win, however he threw a game closing interception with just under a minute to play. He was also nearly intercepted on the first possession, but Philadelphia's Quintin Mikell couldn't hang onto the ball. Cutler continues to be a huge disappointment for the Bears, and unless he goes on an unbelievable run to close the season the Bears will fail to make the playoffs for the 3rd straight season.
|RB Matt Forte, Rush: 14 - 34 - 0, Rec: 4 - 20 - 0 (5 targets)|
Forte was held in check in week 11 and was really not able to find much space to work with. The Bears fed him the ball consistently from the get go, but he was not able to break throw to the 2nd level of the defense. He was also not much of a factor in the Bears passing attack either, catching just 4 passes for 20 yards total. Forte did come through with a nice 2 pt conversion catch that gave the Bears a 3 point lead late in the 3rd quarter. Forte has a 3.3 ypc avg as we head down the stretch, looking very little like the threat we saw last season.
|RB Kahlil Bell, Rush: 4 - 81 - 0 (1 targets)|
Bell made his NFL debut in week 11, playing in place of the injured Garrett Wolfe. Bell promptly broke a 72 yard run on a straight ahead carry up the gut. He really gave the Bears running game a spark every time he touched the ball. It remains to be seen if he has earned himself additional playing time with this showing.
|WR Earl Bennett, Rec: 5 - 57 - 0 (7 targets)|
Along with TE Greg Olsen, Earl Bennett has become a bit of a safety valve option for QB Jay Cutler. This week proved to be more the same as Bennett worked out of the slot all night long and made some short catches. He broke free for a 19 yard scamper after a short reception when the Bears were mounting a go-ahead drive. Cutler is not leaning on him downfield at all right now. While Bennett is doing everything that is asked of him, he remains nothing more than a WR3 option right now.
|WR Devin Hester, Rec: 4 - 18 - 0 (9 targets)|
Hester was constrained this week by Jay Cutler's conservative approach and lack of touch on his deep passes. He was able to get open on a couple of occasions using his speed to create separation, but it was all for naught. To highlight how bad things were for Hester this week, he caught 4 passes for 18 yards, 16 yards coming on 1 play.
|WR Johnny Knox, Rec: 2 - 16 - 0 (5 targets)|
Knox appears to be the blazingly quick option in the Bears passing attack. If QB Jay Cutler plays scared and conservative like he did in week 11, Knox will continue to have his production limited. He got open what could have been a 70-yard TD, but Cutler overthrew him. Knox made a fine catch in the 3rd quarter, climbing the ladder for a nice 3rd down conversion. He was otherwise very quiet in this one.
|TE Greg Olsen, Rec: 6 - 42 - 0 (12 targets)|
Olsen has held in check in week 11 as QB Jay Cutler had trouble getting him the ball often downfield. Olsen finished with a team high 12 targets, but the Bears sputtering offense muted his value for the most part. When it became clear that Cutler was having trouble getting the ball downfield, he started working his favorite TE in short routes and bubble screens. All in all an average day for Olsen despite reeling in 6 catches.
|TE Kellen Davis, Rec: 2 - 17 - 1 (2 targets)|
Davis entered the game in the 4th quarter and was immediately targeted by Jay Cutler in the red zone for a 15 yard TD catch. Davis worked the corner of the end zone, beating LB coverage on a corner blitz by the Eagles defense. He was made one other short reception late in the game.