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Eagles' rush defense proves elite once more against run-heavy Bears - NBC Sports Philadelphia
The Eagles have been exceptional all year against the run. They were No. 1 in the league before this game. And against a top-5 rushing attack, they showed why. "It would have been pretty cool to hold them to negative-six," Tim Jernigan said. "I wouldn’t have been complaining.” As it was, the Bears finished with their fewest rushing yards in 65 years — since they had one rushing yard in a loss to the Rams in 1952. It was the fewest rushing yards the Eagles have allowed in 71 years — since they held the Boston Yanks to minus-26 yards in a win in 1946. Historic stuff. And it happened against a Bears team that came in fifth in the NFL with 132 rushing yards per game and sixth with 4.5 yards per carry. So much for those numbers.

NFC Playoff Picture: Eagles gain breathing room with Saints loss to Rams - BGN
The Eagles maintained their spot as the No. 1 seed after soundly beating the Chicago Bears by a final sore of 31 to 3. With the win, the Eagles can now OFFICIALLY clinch the NFC East on Thursday Night Football this week if the Cowboys lose to Washington. If Dallas wins somehow, the Eagles can still clinch by beating the Seahawks next Sunday.

Handing out 10 awards from the Eagles-Bears game - PhillyVoice
Over their last four games, all blowouts, the Eagles have outscored their opponents 152-45, an average deficit of 26.8 points per game. In reality, the Eagles haven't been threatened in the 4th quarter of any game since Week 6 in Carolina. While I don't subscribe to the "They have to lose a game" theory, a little 4th quarter adversity might do them some good heading into the playoffs.

More Domination - Iggles Blitz
How good are these Eagles? They played sloppy football today and still blew the doors off Chicago. There were four fumbles. There were at least four offside penalties. There were holding and false start penalties. Carson Wentz badly overthrew a wide open Zach Ertz on one play. There was a kickoff that went out of bounds. Every unit had a hand in the sloppiness. When the Eagles did this in the past, they struggled. Or lost. This team sees mistakes as speed bumps. The mistakes slow them down, but don’t affect the outcome. To be fair, the opponents haven’t been good recently. The flip side of that is the Eagles are a big part of those teams struggling.

Eagles carry 'swagger' into key West Coast trip - ESPN
Malcolm Jenkins' response said a lot about the mentality of this Philadelphia Eagles team, and how far it has come in 12 weeks. The question posed to the Eagles safety was about the upcoming West Coast trip featuring back-to-back games against the Seattle Seahawks (7-4) and Los Angeles Rams (8-3). He was asked if it will serve as a measuring stick for the Eagles. "For us, there's nothing to measure. We are our measuring stick," Jenkins said. "We prepare to be the best every week." At 10-1, that's hard to argue. They aren't just winning, they're dominating. Their 31-3 rout of the Chicago Bears marked the third consecutive game the Eagles have won by 28-plus points, a first in franchise history.

WR Corps: The Difference A Season Makes -
We are 11 games into this don’t-pinch-me season. The beauty of the Eagles’ offense as we saw again in Sunday’s 31-3 beatdown of the visiting Chicago Bears is that there are many ways to pick the poison to beat a defense. The running game is a beast. And the passing game, with the upgrades made at wide receiver, is dangerous in every way ...

The day after: Carson Wentz spreading the wealth, Eagles piling up the wins - The Athletic
“Like he has been playing all season. The difference between who we played last year and what he was today, the margin is crazy. He is just so much better than he was. Kudos to him and all the work he put in during the offseason and in-season. He is a solid quarterback in this league and he is having a great year.” —Akiem Hicks. The Bears defensive lineman was asked to evaluate the difference between Wentz last year and this year. Wentz now has 28 touchdowns and five interceptions on the season.

NFL Week 12 Sunday Standouts: Offense - PFF
The Philadelphia Eagles continued to roll towards the playoffs with another big win on Sunday, and once again tight end Zach Ertz was one of the keys to the game on offense. Picking up 103 yards from 38 snaps in route, Ertz averaged 2.71 yards per route run in the win over the Chicago Bears.

Eagles showcase their top-ranked run defense in win over Bears - Inquirer
It was clear last week that the Eagles’ defensive game plan would be to stop Chicago’s run and force Mitchell Trubisky to beat them. But it would have been difficult to envision them playing as well as they did, even though they entered the game with the top-ranked rushing defense. The Bears gained only 6 rushing yards on 14 carries, and they got -6 yards from their running backs. They entered the game fifth in the NFL with 131.8 yards per game. The run defense was the key to the win. It starts with Fletcher Cox and Tim Jernigan, who form perhaps the best defensive tackle duo in the NFL. It shows why statistics can be misleading when judging their value. There’s no individual statistic that demonstrates how good those two are against the run, but they wrecked the Bears offense. Jim Schwartz says the goal is to make the opponent one-dimensional each week. So far this season, the strategy has worked. They have not allowed a 100-yard rusher all year. Better quarterbacks could give the Eagles a difficult test, but good luck trying to run on this defense.

'Yeah, bro, I got you': How Philadelphia Eagles' Kenjon Barner dragged Jaylen Watkins to safety - PennLive
"When he called poison I turned to look and then the guy pushed me," Watkins said. "So then I fell, and I was still in the process of trying to find the ball. And when I saw it, I saw it rolling toward me. So I was like, '[expletive].' And it was going to hit me if he wouldn't have grabbed me. Definitely."

Bears vs Eagles Week 12 Postgame: Bears unable to make anything happen in disheartening 31-3 loss to NFC-leading Eagles - Windy City Gridiron
Expectations were low for the Bears coming in. Two touchdown underdogs low. Like many who follow the Bears closely, I expected them to keep this game closer than that. The Bears had other plans. The full box score can be found here. The Bears' running game wasn't able to do anything and Mitchell Trubisky wasn't able to make anything happen in consistently unfavorable situations. Trubisky had some bad moments mixed in with some decent-to-great completions. Like usual, many of his incompletions fell into the category of throw-aways or rushed throws with bad mechanics. Ultimately, this was the least encouraging game for me in terms of his performance, but it's also something that is completely understandable for a rookie whose team didn't offer any help.

Eagles-themed holiday lights dazzle Broomall neighborhood - 6ABC
The Reynolds family's annual holiday decorations have a twist this year thanks to Carson Wentz and company. "I do this every year," said Steve Reynolds. "But this year, the Eagles are doing awesome. I'm not a fair weather fan by any means, but I figured this would be the year to do it."

The Bears are stuck in Philadelphia because their plane broke down - SB Nation
It’s bad enough that the Bears lost 31-3 to the Eagles on Sunday. But then the whole team got stuck in Philadelphia because their plane broke down. The Bears had to wait for a new plane to arrive. In the meantime, they were just sitting on the tarmac, according to NBC Sports’ Derrick Gunn. They finally got a functional plane and were able to get off the ground.


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