Everything that could go wrong for the Bears Monday night seemingly did go wrong in a 29-14 loss to the Eagles.
The Bears were outplayed and several key Bears wound up injured. Among the wounded was Jay Cutler. He left in the third quarter with an injured right thumb after throwing an interception to Nigel Bradham. Cutler on a previous possession fumble the ball away.
Cutler wasn’t exactly sure when the injury happened. “I kind of aggravated it early on and then that (the sack and fumble) really did it.”
The injury affected Cutler. “Just my strength. I couldn’t really grip the ball, so that was obviously a big issue with me.”
The Bears offense struggled with the exception of a six play, 65 yard drive early in the second quarter. The big play was a 49 yard pass from Cutler to Alshon Jeffery to the five yard line. Jeremy Langford capped off the drive with a one yard touchdown run.
The Bears other touchdown was scored by Eddie Royal on a 65 yard punt return in the fourth quarter.
Eagles rookie quarterback Carson Wentz played under control completing 21 of 34 passes for 190 yards and one touchdown. He did not turn the ball over.
Running back Ryan Matthews rushed for a pair of touchdowns for the Eagles.
Brian Hoyer came on in relief of Cutler when Cutler left with his thumb injury. Hoyer completed 9 of 12 passes for 78 yards.
The loss continue the Bears’ woes at Soldier Field. They were 1-7 there last year.
“Obviously we’re very disappointed,” says Bears coach John Fox after the game. “I think a lot was made of our home record from a year ago. We talked about it enough but obviously it didn’t look like it translated.” “Any time you’re minus three in the turnover ratio it can look like that. But it definitely wasn’t a clean game. I think we’re capable of better and we’ve got to do better.”