CHICAGO - NOVEMBER 28: Henry Melton #69 of the Chicago Bears rushes against against Todd Herremans #79 of the Philadelphia Eagles at Soldier Field on November 28, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Eagles 31-26. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Henry Melton; Todd Herremans
The so-called "Dream Team" of the Eagles faltered early in the season, starting out 1-4. They've pulled together two victories since then, but will they beat the Bears tonight?
Battle of the running backs: Two of the league's best rushers will be on display tonight, with Matt Forte and LeSean McCoy. Both men are capable of big, game-changing bursts. The big difference between the two is that Forte can also wreak havoc as a receiver. Don't expect to see the Bears rely on the pass tonight.
Eagle Turnover: The Eagles aren't very good at holding onto the ball. Their turnover rate is -7, led by the QB. When Michael Vick fumbles, he doesn't recover it.
Return of the Earl: Bennett is back! The Bears' reliable slot receiver has been out since Chicago's loss to New Orleans in week two. Not only will Cutler be happy to have such a trusted option on the field, but it will provide relief for Devin Hester and Matt Forte, as well. Both men have been used heavily as receivers in addition to their other roles on the team.
They were run-ning: With Vick and LeSean McCoy, the Eagles are really, really good at rushing the ball. They average 179 yards on the ground per game, easily leading the league. The Bears ground defense is steadily improving, but they will have to win the line of scrimmage battle to take the game.
Ring rust: After a trip abroad and a bye week, will the Bears be a little rusty in Philly tonight? Don't expect it. Lovie Smith has 4-3, 4-1 since 2006, coming off the bye week.
Forever young: The Bears young safety due of Chris Conte and Major Wright will be tested by Jeremy Maclin, DeSean Jackson and Jason Avant. Every Eagles receiver has big play ability, and Conte and Wright will play deep to deal with that.