Eagles 19

(4-0, 2-0 away)

Bears 9

(1-3, 0-2 home)

1:00 PM ET, October 3, 2004


1 2 3 4 T
PHI 3 13 3 019
CHI 0 3 0 69

Eagles rack up fourth double-digit win

CHICAGO (AP) -- The Philadelphia Eagles are so good they don't need their best game to win. Especially against an injury-riddled team like the Chicago Bears.

David Akers kicked four field goals, Donovan McNabb threw for 237 yards and a touchdown, and the Eagles improved to 4-0 for the first time since 1993 with a 19-9 victory over the Bears on Sunday afternoon.

Allen's Analysis
Eric Allen Eagles at Bears: Why such a lackluster performance by the Eagles offense?

The offense played poorly because it played down to the Bears and I'm sure coach Andy Reid will make sure it's the last time it does it this season. As good as this team is it still can't allow teams to stay in games with them. They are going to be a target all season and have to realize that before they slip up and lose a game they have no business losing. The Bears were a banged-up team and one the Eagles should've beaten very easily.

Some may say that it's not easy for a team to get up for a game like this, but they're wrong. The Eagles haven't won a championship and shouldn't be looking down their noses at any team. Winning is nothing new for the team and it knows better than anyone that it needs to get up for every team. The new additions of Jevon Kearse and Terrell Owens should bring a breath of fresh air for the Eagles. They have an easy early schedule and won't get many big tests early so they need to dominate the teams they're playing.

Eric Allen played cornerback for 14 NFL seasons with the Eagles, Saints and Raiders. He's a regular contributor to Insider.

"We had some positive plays. We also had some mistakes we just can't do," McNabb said. "The positive thing is we put enough points on the board to win."

Terrell Owens caught eight passes for 110 yards and a touchdown, which he celebrated with sit-ups in the end zone. Brian Westbrook ran for 115 yards and caught nine passes for 63 yards.

Philadelphia has now won all four of its games by double-digits -- and this one could have been more lopsided.

The Eagles outgained the Bears 316-90 through three quarters, allowing Chicago onto their side of the field only once. The Eagles roamed Chicago territory like it was their back yard, but only had McNabb's 11-yard toss to Owens in the second quarter to show for it.

Akers had field goals from 40, 42, 42 and 51 yards, but also missed from 39 and 45 yards. McNabb was 24-of-38 for 237 yards, but was intercepted in the third quarter, snapping a streak dating back to last season of 161 consecutive passes without a pick.

"We have a lot of room for improvement," Owens said. "We didn't exactly play as well as we'd like on the offensive side of the ball. But we weathered the storm."

Still, it was more than enough to hold off the Bears (1-3).

Though only two weeks have passed, Chicago is a shadow of the team that beat Green Bay at Lambeau Field. Quarterback Rex Grossman (knee) and safety Mike Brown (Achilles' tendon) are out for the season, and cornerbacks Charles Tillman (knee) and Jerry Azumah (neck) won't be back for at least another couple of weeks.

Linebacker Brian Urlacher is also ailing, missing his second straight game Sunday with a pulled hamstring.

The Bears signed former Dallas starter Chad Hutchinson after Grossman got hurt, but he's still trying to digest his encyclopedic playbook. So Chicago put the offense in the hands of journeyman backup Jonathan Quinn, and the rust was clear in his first start in nearly three years.

Though he finished 26-of-43 for 215 yards, he managed only 76 yards passing in the first three quarters.

"I definitely expected to be more accurate," Quinn said. "I missed some passes I shouldn't have early on, you know, a little rusty. I put the defense in a spot."

The one time the Bears did make it into Philadelphia territory in the first three quarters, they couldn't do much. Bobby Wade's 13-yard catch put Chicago at the Eagles 7 in the final minute of the first half, but Quinn threw three straight incompletions before Paul Edinger kicked a 25-yard field goal.

Chicago did score late in the fourth quarter on Bryan Johnson's 2-yard reception, but Thomas Jones was brought down in the backfield on the 2-point conversion attempt.

"Most people plan on passing on the 2-point conversion, we thought we could get it in on the run," coach Lovie Smith said.

But the score was too little, too late.

The Eagles took charge of the game right away, scoring on four of their first six possessions for a 16-3 lead at the half. Their only touchdown came midway through the second quarter.

Punt returner R.W. McQuarters signaled for a fair catch, but muffed the catch after rookie Nate Vasher ran into him. Dhani Jones recovered the ball, giving the Eagles possession on the Chicago 47.

Westbrook rushed for 8 yards, then caught a pass for a 6-yard gain. The Eagles picked up another 11 yards when Bears end Adewale Ogunleye was called for roughing the passer. On the next play, McNabb found Owens for an 11-yard scoring pass.

As Bears fans booed, Owens laid down on the ground and did sit-ups -- six for the six points he'd just scored. Or was it for the six touchdowns he has this season?

"You can look at it however you want," Owens said, smiling. "I was trying to get my workout on a little bit. I really didn't get too much during my pregame, so I continued it during the game."

Game notes

Jones, who came into the game as the NFL's third-leading rusher, was held to 32 yards on 13 carries. ... Philadelphia improved to 5-0 against the Bears since drafting Chicago native McNabb. ... The Eagles sacked Quinn four times, improving their season total to 17.

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Scoring Summary

Drive info: 4 plays, 47 yds, 1:21
Drive info: 4 plays, 47 yds, 1:21
phiFG2:29David Akers 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 6 plays, 78 yds, 3:13
phiFG5:05David Akers 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 8 plays, 31 yds, 3:30
Drive info: 11 plays, 79 yds, 4:51
phiFG4:46David Akers 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 10 plays, 50 yds, 3:35
phiFG11:04David Akers 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 11 plays, 57 yds, 5:51
chiFG0:10Paul Edinger 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 12 plays, 60 yds, 1:39