Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
If the Eagles are a serious contender in the NFC East, they sure hid it well in Sunday night's 24-20 loss in Chicago. They fell to an inferior team, and in doing so, fell to 2-2 on the season. With the Giants at 3-0 and the Redskins and Cowboys tied at 3-1, Philadelphia has taken its place in the basement of the league's best division.
You can point out the fact that the Eagles were playing without top running back Brian Westbrook (ankle), tight end L.J. Smith and right guard Shawn Andrews on Sunday, but that's not a viable excuse. The Eagles had every opportunity to win the game -- despite their poor effort.
Quarterback Donovan McNabb (chest) wasn't efficient enough, and the running game was non-existent for much of the evening. Westbrook's not a bull around the goal line, but you have to like his chances better than Correll Buckhalter's.
The most alarming thing for this team is giving up almost 200 yards and three touchdowns to Bears quarterback Kyle Orton. There's no shame in giving up that type of output to Tony Romo, Eli Manning and Jason Campbell, but 200 is a season's worth of stats for Orton. The Eagles harassed him for four sacks, but it didn't matter.