Phildalephia Eagles-Chicago Bears: Wake Me Up When It's Over

WesAnalyst INovember 22, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO - NOVEMBER 12:  Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears walks off the field against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on November 12, 2009 in San Francisco, California. The 49ers won 10-6.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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The NFL flex-scheduling procedures kick into effect this weekend and it is shocking that no game replaced the atrocious matchup between Philadelphia and Chicago.

America would love to watch Indianapolis travel to Baltimore, but they were treated to Peyton Manning last Sunday night. Option No. 2 would have been New England hosting the New York Jets, but the Pats were tangled up with Indy last weekend.

The Chargers and Broncos could have been an option, but the last time those two hooked up in primetime the game was over by halftime.

Football fans, degenerate gamblers and fantasy football gurus around the world will get to witness two struggling teams that can't get out of their own way.

The Eagles currently hold the fifth playoff spot in the NFC and the Bears are only one game back. On paper, it sounds like a great game with tons of playoff implications.

Too bad schedules and statistics of each team suggest we are in store for appalling football riddled with mistakes and teams that cannot execute.

The Bears are currently 1-4 over their last five games. Their average margin of defeat is 16.5 points. The bright spot over the last five games came against the whipping boy of the NFL, the Cleveland Browns.

And in the four losses, Jay Cutler has thrown 11 interceptions.

To put that in perspective, Brett Favre, Kyle Orton and Donovan McNabb have combined to throw 11 picks the entire year. 

Cutler's 17 interceptions on the year more than double those of 21 quarterbacks in the NFL this season.

To sum up Jay Cutler in two words or less: He stinks.

The Eagles do not looked much better after losing two winnable games against Dallas and San Diego.

In both games, the Eagles could not convert in short-yardage situations, failed to capitalize with touchdowns in the red zone, mismanaged timeouts and couldn't get the defense off the field in clutch situations.

Other than that, things are Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

Oh, and did I mention the Eagles' running game during their recent two-game skid?

Andy Reid has dialed up the run an astounding 36 times over the last two games. This means the Eagles rushed the ball an average of 18 times each game.

I put things in perspective with Cutler, so let me do the same for the Eagles' running game.

There are currently nine backs in the NFL that have 18 or more rushing attempts per game. Think about that. There are nine individuals working harder in the run game than the entire Eagles offense.

At least the Eagles are productive when they run the rock, tuning up defenses to the sound of 3.2 yards per carry.

Out of the top 100 rushers in the NFL, 90 have an average above the Eagles' impressive 3.2 yards-per-carry average of the last two games.

The run game looks even worse when you consider it has only picked up six first downs during the Eagles' last two games.

In the end, the Eagles will probably win and the fans in Philadelphia will be falsely led down a road of hope.

I'm sure the running game will look halfway decent against the 21st-ranked rushing defense in the NFL. Donovan will probably light up a secondary that has allowed 16 touchdowns, fifth worst in the NFL.

Sean McDermott will find a way to call a great game on the defensive side of the ball. Thankfully his unit goes up against the 20th-ranked scoring offense, led by the ultimate turnover machine.

Fortunately for the Eagles, the NFL is filled with pathetic teams like the Bears. But in reality, are the Eagles that much better?