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Week 9 Game Recap: Chicago Bears 14, Philadelphia Eagles 22

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Chicago Bears

The Chicago Bears offense struggled in a loss to the Eagles on Sunday, largely a result of poor quarterback play by Mitchell Trubisky. David Montgomery continued to consolidate his lead role in the backfield on the ground while seeing work in the passing game and saved his fantasy day by scoring two short touchdowns. Allen Robinson had his worst game of the season with only one catch. The offense would benefit if Trubisky is benched in favor of Chase Daniel.

Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles churned out the home win over Chicago, leaning on the run game and Zach Ertz returning to his 2018 ways with a 100-yard game and finding the end zone for only the second time all season. DeSean Jackson exited the game early after returning to action for the first time Week 2. Dallas Goedert remained solidly involved in the passing game with Jackson out and despite a big game from Zach Ertz. The Eagles offensive line dominated at the point of attack consistently opening holes up the middle for Jordan Howard to exploit. The Eagles enter their bye week on a high note before facing the Patriots.

Chicago Bears

QB Mitchell Trubisky, 45 offensive snaps, Pass: 10 - 21 - 125 - 0 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 2 - 15 - 0
Mitchell Trubisky struggled again on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles. Trubisky has consistently looked skittish in the pocket this season and Sunday was no different. He repeatedly bailed on throws in the face of pressure and missed several throws as a result of the bad footwork. His success in the game came on a deep throw to Taylor Gabriel that set the Bears up in scoring position. He also had a rushing attempt in the red zone that came up just short of the end zone. Trubisky has been a season-long cap on the Chicago offense and this performance did nothing to quell calls for his benching. His performance screams of a player with zero confidence and a fear of the pocket. If he is not benched, he will face Detroit next Sunday at home.

RB David Montgomery, 33 offensive snaps, Rush: 14 - 40 - 2, Rec: 3 - 36 - 0 (4 targets)
David Montgomery was the lone bright spot in a putrid offensive performance for the Bears on Sunday. Montgomery has seen expanded usage in the past two weeks both on the ground and through the air after low volume performances early in the season. Montgomery was a focal point of the offense early on the ground and was successful getting downhill on runs on the interior. The Bears entered negative game script early in the game, but Montgomery saw passing game work, including a deep target down the seam on a route that Tarik Cohen was targeted on earlier in the season. Montgomery did drop another target. Montgomery’s fantasy day was saved by two goal line touchdowns. His first touchdown was a goal line carry on third down after Tarik Cohen was stopped on the first goal line carry of the series, while he converted the second of his two chances on the second touchdown. Montgomery continued to trend in the right direction in terms of usage, but the Chicago offense is completely capped by Mitchell Trubisky’s poor play. He will have a good matchup against the Lions next week who just gave up a big game to Joshua Jacobs this week.

RB Tarik Cohen, 16 offensive snaps, Rush: 2 - 7 - 0, Rec: 2 - 9 - 0 (5 targets)
Tarik Cohen has taken a backseat to David Montgomery in the backfield the past two weeks. Cohen was still used in the passing game, but only managed two short receptions in the flat. He added a drop and was overthrown by Mitchell Trubisky on another target. Cohen did get a chance in the red zone and was stopped just short of the end zone on a carry along the perimeter but stopped for no gain on a goal line carry before David Montgomery converted on a goal line carry later in the drive. Cohen will face the Lions next week.

WR Allen Robinson, 43 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 6 - 0 (5 targets)
Allen Robinson had his worst game of the season against the Eagles on Sunday. Robinson’s bad day was a result of poor play by Mitchell Trubisky, who missed Robinson on an easy throw and was hesitant in the pocket throughout the day. Robinson’s lone catch was a curl route at the end of the second quarter. He did have two deep targets, one he could not secure in bounds along the sideline, and a second that was a deep 50/50 ball that went through his hands. Robinson would benefit from Chase Daniel replacing Trubisky next week against the Lions.

Philadelphia Eagles

QB Carson Wentz, 89 offensive snaps, Pass: 26 - 39 - 239 - 1 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 4 - 15 - 0
Wentz played his second straight clean game without turnovers, posting the home win over Chicago. Wentz found his strong connection with Zach Ertz, accounting for nearly half of his yardage for the game as his lone touchdown, a laser pass on an Ertz post route to the end zone. Wentz’s clean game did feature two untimely third-down sacks and overthrowing a wide open Alshon Jeffery down the sideline to thwart a big play. Wentz had DeSean Jackson active for the first time since Week 2, but Jackson exited early with an abdomen injury. The Patriots present a strong test for Wentz and the Eagles offense after their Week 10 bye.

RB Jordan Howard, 43 offensive snaps, Rush: 19 - 82 - 1, Rec: 1 - 1 - 0 (1 targets)
Howard enjoyed arguably the best Eagles offensive line performance of the season in the home win over Chicago. Howard consistently saw well-defined holes between the tackles, including a red zone touchdown and three other gains of 10+ yards. Howard also had a chunk run called back by penalty and was stuffed on a third-and-short carry. Howard’s limitation in the passing game was present again this week, seeing just a single target as Miles Sanders was the prominent receiver and Darren Sproles is back in the mix as well.

RB Miles Sanders, 36 offensive snaps, Rush: 10 - 42 - 0, Rec: 3 - 31 - 0 (3 targets)
Sanders saw a hearty 13 touches, second-most in a game this season, despite being in a secondary role to Jordan Howard. The Eagles ran the ball well throughout the game and Sanders produced consistent highlight moments. Sanders spun away from a defender on a chunk gain in the red zone, broke a tackle on a 19-yard screen gain, and beat a linebacker easily on a swing pass to pick up third-and-long in a critical fourth quarter moment. Sanders’ ability in space and as a receiver was on display yet again this week.

WR Alshon Jeffery, 70 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 36 - 0 (8 targets)
Jeffery had an up-and-down game against his former Chicago team, logging an ugly third-down drop but also corralling a contested catch. Jeffery’s lone big play opportunity game when he was wide open down the sideline, but Carson Wentz overthrew the big-bodied receiver. Jeffery had no touchdown opportunities in the game.

WR Nelson Agholor, 79 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 21 - 0 (8 targets)
Agholor saw a hearty eight targets but the volume led to minimal production against the Bears. Agholor hauled in a nice low reception as his lone highlight but for a modest gain. Agholor had a lone deep target but was well covered on the play. Even without DeSean Jackson in the lineup, who missed most of the game with injury, Agholor has been firmly behind both tight ends, Alshon Jeffery, and Miles Sanders in passing game impact for the better part of half a season now.

WR DeSean Jackson, 4 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 5 - 0 (1 targets)
Jackson returned to the lineup after a nearly two-month absence against the Bears. His play was short-lived, however, as Jackson exited early with an abdomen injury after a comeback route reception and drawing a defensive pass interference penalty.

TE Zach Ertz, 70 offensive snaps, Rec: 9 - 103 - 1 (11 targets)
Ertz broke out of his slump with his first 100-yard game of the season and posting a touchdown for just the second time. Ertz was unstoppable on intermediate routes, coming wide open on a post route touchdown, converting a fourth-down slant and adding yards-after-the-catch on two other occasions including a broken tackle for more than 15 yards. While Dallas Goedert has gained a steady role in the offense in recent weeks, Ertz posted his best game of the season heading into the Eagles’ bye.

TE Dallas Goedert, 70 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 39 - 0 (5 targets)
Goedert did not see a target until late in the second quarter but finished with a solid five looks. Goedert’s biggest impact came on a screen reception, churning through contact on third-and-long to essentially ice the game in the closing minutes. Goedert added quick out routes on his other three catches of modest import.