Eagles quarterback Michael Vick has not won against the Bears in three career starts. The ten-year NFL veteran will try and lead his Eagles to their third consecutive victory Monday night, as they try and keep pace with the NFC East-leading New York Giants.
The Bears come into the game with a 4-3 record, now three and a half games behind the Green Bay Packers in the NFC North division. The Packers improved to 8-0 after hanging on Sunday against the Chargers.
Monday night's game shouldn't be short on star power, with some of the game's elite players matching up in front of a national audience.
Eagles quarterback Michal Vick will most likely be shadowed by Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher throughout the game. Urlacher and Vick entered the league in 2000 and 2001, respectively, and have enjoyed success in the NFL, although they have taken vastly different paths to their achievements.
Julius Peppers will line up at defensive end for the Bears and will try to apply pressure to Vick, as well as help stop the Eagles' number one rushing offense, led by running back LeSean McCoy. McCoy enters the game with 10 touchdowns in 2011.
McCoy made some news over the weekend by firing his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, and for seeking a new contract from the Eagles.
McCoy's running back counterpart on the Bears, Matt Forte, has also been in negotiations for a new contract. Forte, who is still playing out his rookie contract, is seeking a big pay day while he continues to enjoy a career year. Forte, who is also the Bears' leading receiver, has 1,091 yards from scrimmage after seven games this year.
Both McCoy and Forte are duel threats coming out of the backfield with their pass catching abilities, and will see heavy workloads in their respective offenses.
There are a couple of potential mismatches in favor of the Eagles Monday night. The Eagles have a speedy receiving duo in Jeremy Maclin and DeSean Jackson. The two have combined for 67 catches and 970 yards in 2011.
They match up against a Bears secondary which starts second year strong safety Major Wright, and rookie free safety Chris Conte.
Jay Cutler will try and get the passing game on track for the Bears, while avoiding mistakes against the Eagles' talented secondary. The Eagles were busy this offseason, signing three-time pro bowl cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, and trading for cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. Along with four-time pro bowler Asante Samuel, the Eagles secondary will be a tough test for Cutler and the Bears offense.
The Bears have struggled finding a rhythm on offense for most of 2011 as the offensive line has had major problems pass blocking for Cutler. The blocking has improved during the Bears' modest two-game winning streak, and their running game has been in full gear with Matt Forte shouldering most of the workload for the Bears.
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