Donovan McNabb Heads Home as the Philadelphia Eagles Battle the Chicago Bears

Patrick WallCorrespondent ISeptember 27, 2008

Donovan McNabb and the Eagles (2-1) are gearing up for another primetime game as they head to Chicago to face the Bears (1-2) Sunday.

The Eagles are coming off of an impressive 15-6 win over the Steelers last Sunday. The Philadelphia defense recorded nine sacks and a safety. For his performance, Brian Dawkins was named the Defensive Player of the Week.

The win came at a price, though, as several of the Eagles' offensive playmakers were injured during the game.

McNabb, RB Brian Westbrook, FB Tony Hunt, and TE LJ Smith, all starters, were hurt in the game. All-Pro guard Shawn Andrews, who missed last week's game, is also questionable.

Westbrook, who had to leave Sunday's game on crutches, still feels like he may be able to play. "I have definitely gotten better since Sunday, so I have that hope that I can get out there and play," Westbrook said.

If the Eagles want to have success against the Bears, they get their chances. The once-heralded Chicago defense now ranks 28th against the pass. Last week, Buccaneers QB Brian Griese was 38 of 67 for 407 yards against the Bears in an overtime win.

The Philadelphia receivers, who have surprised even fans in Philly, are going to be called on to make plays, especially if Westbrook is not healthy.

Rookie DeSean Jackson has been impressive this season. He has two 100-yard games in his brief career and would have had a touchdown if not for a play in which he dropped the ball at the 1-yard line in celebration against Dallas.

"There are a lot of challenges for us on the offensive side," McNabb said. "You have to elevate your game to another level and make sure that you're doing your job correctly and everybody else will follow."

McNabb, a Chicago native, says that although he used to get excited about going back home, the feeling has lessened. "I don't look at it like I'm just so excited about going back home," McNabb said in his weekly press conference Wednesday. "I look at it as just another opportunity to, hopefully, get another win in the win column and get ready for the following week."