Nuts & Bolts: Bears vs. Eagles


When: 7:30 p.m., Monday | TV: ESPN | RADIO:780 AM, WBBM & 105.9 FM

BEARS (4-3)

Coach: Lovie Smith | Record including playoffs: 70-55 | Last week: Bye

Career head-to-head record (including playoffs) vs. Andy Reid: 3-2

Career record (including playoffs) vs. Eagles: 3-2

Key stat: The Bears are 4-0 this season when they score 18 point or more and 57-10 under those conditions since 2004. The club is also 4-1 this season when it gains more than 301 net yards

Offense rank: 16th (337.4 ypg) | Defense rank: 23rd (380.6 ypg)

Offensive leader: The NFL’s leader in yards from scrimmage (1,091), running back Matt Forte averages 155.8 yards from scrimmage per game, which currently ranks as the fifth-highest average in NFL history. Since coming into the league in 2008, Forte ranks third in yards from scrimmage (5,822) behind Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson (6,266) and Tennessee’s Chris Johnson (6,068).

Defensive leader: Linebacker Brian Urlacher is currently tied with Dallas’ Sean Lee for the NFL lead among linebackers this season with three interceptions, and now has an INT in nine of his 12 years. Urlacher is one of four NFL players to post at least 20 career interceptions and 40 career sacks since sacks became an official statistic in 1982.


• The Bears have picked off at least one pass in five of the last six games.

• Eight of Devin Hester’s career return touchdowns have come in prime-time contests.

• Nickel corner D.J. Moore has picked off a pass in three of the last four games, and now has seven career interceptions, which ties for fourth in the NFL since 2010.

• Quarterback Jay Cutler has been sacked at least once in 29 consecutive games, the NFL’s longest streak over that span.

EAGLES (3-4)

Coach: Andy Reid | Record: 131-86 | Career head-to-head record vs. Smith: 2-3

Career record against Bears: 6-3 | Last week: Defeated the Cowboys

Key stat: The Eagles have won each of their last three games on Monday Night Football, and are 27-22 all-time. Philadelphia’s 27 wins on Monday Night Football rank as the sixth-most in the NFL.

Offense rank:1st (449.3 ypg) | Defense rank: 11th (330.6 ypg)

Offensive leader: QB Michael Vick is 4-1 on Monday Night Football, and has run for seven touchdowns in those prime-time showings. Vick became the first player in NFL history last season to throw for 300 yards (333) and 4 touchdowns, in addition to rushing for at least 50 yards (80), and 2 TDs on Monday Night Football.

Defensive leader: Defensive end Jason Babin is tied for fourth in the NFL with 9 sacks, and three of his nine multi-sack games have come in 2011. With 21.5 sacks since 2010, Babin ranks third in sacks over that span behind Dallas’ DeMarcus Ware and Minnesota’s Jared Allen.


• With a touchdown against the Bears, Eagles running back LeSean McCoy will tie Steve Van Buren’s team record of eight consecutive games with a touchdown.

• The Eagles are 3-0 this season when they hold teams to 17 points or fewer and 84-19-1 under those circumstances with Reid as the head coach.

• The Eagles are winless in 2011 when they allow a running back to rush for 100 yards or more.

• The Eagles own the best record in the NFC during the month of November (32-18-1) since 1999.