Originally created 10/04/04

Eagles pick apart Bears



CHICAGO - It's going to take a really good team to stop the red-hot Philadelphia Eagles. Right now, mediocre is a reach for the Chicago Bears.

David Akers kicked four field goals, Donovan McNabb threw for 237 yards and a touchdown, and the Eagles picked apart the injury-riddled Bears in a 19-9 victory Sunday.

Terrell Owens caught eight passes for 110 yards and a touchdown, which he celebrated with sit-ups in the end zone. Brian Westbrook ran for 115 yards and caught nine passes for 63 yards as the Eagles improved to 4-0 for the first time since 1993.

All of Philadelphia's victories have been by double-digits, and this one wasn't even as close as the score indicated.

The Eagles roamed Chicago territory like it was their backyard, but only had McNabb's 11-yard toss to Owens in the second quarter to show for it. Akers had field goals from 40, 42, 42 and 51 yards, but also missed from 39 and 45 yards.

McNabb was 24-of-38 for 237 yards, but he was intercepted in the third quarter, snapping a streak dating back to last season of 161 consecutive passes without a pick.

Still, that was more than enough to hold off the Bears (1-3).

Chicago is decimated by injuries. Quarterback Rex Grossman (knee) and safety Mike Brown (Achilles' tendon) are out for the season, and cornerbacks Charles Tillman (knee) and Jerry Azumah (neck) are sidelined for another few weeks.

Linebacker Brian Urlacher missed his second straight game Sunday with a pulled hamstring.

Journeyman backup Jonathan Quinn made his first start in almost three years in Grossman's place, and the rust was evident. Though he finished 26-of-43 for 215 yards, all but 76 of that came in the fourth quarter when the game was already decided.

The Bears made it into Philadelphia territory once in the first three quarters, and couldn't do much once they got there. Bobby Wade's 13-yard catch put Chicago at the Eagles 7 in the final minute of the first half, but Quinn threw three straight incompletions before Paul Edinger kicked a 25-yard field goal.

Chicago did score late in the fourth quarter on Bryan Johnson's reception, but Thomas Jones was brought down in the backfield on the 2-point conversion attempt.

The Eagles took charge of the game right away, scoring on four of their first six possessions for a 16-3 lead at the half. Their only touchdown came midway through the second quarter.

Punt returner R.W. McQuarters signaled for a fair catch, but muffed the catch after rookie Nate Vasher ran into him. Dhani Jones recovered the ball, giving the Eagles possession on the Chicago 47.

Greg Lewis gained 11 on a double reverse, and Westbrook followed with an 8-yard run. McNabb then connected with Westbrook for a 6-yard gain, getting another 11 yards when Bears end Adewale Ogunleye was called for roughing the passer.

On the next play, McNabb found Owens for an 11-yard scoring pass. As Bears fans booed, Owens laid down on the ground and did sit-ups - six for the six points he'd just scored.



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