5. Watch out for Greg Olsen in Red Zone – The Bears big tight end has two touchdown catches in the last three games since the bye and four overall on the season, the most of any receiver. Given the Eagles frequent struggles against tight ends over the last several years, he could be the most dangerous target for Jay Cutler in the red zone.
4. Contain Devin Hester – He’s already one of the greatest return men of all time, in just his fifth season, and he’s regaining his old form. Hester has already taken two punts to the house this year, so the Eagles may want to consider not even kicking to Hester given that his returns may be the best chance the Bears have for explosive scoring plays.
3. Don’t Be Overaggressive on Defense – The Bears offense is not a big play offense, so the Eagles need to make sure not to make any glaring mistakes by overpursuing and creating big plays for the Bears. While getting pressure on Jay Cutler to force mistakes should be a key, Philadelphia needs to maintain its discipline on defense.
2. Don’t Get Frustrated by Bears’ Tampa-2 Defense – The Bears have given up just two plays of more than 40 yards through the air, while the Eagles have averaged one per game. Philadelphia can’t get frustrated if big plays down the field aren’t there, and should instead focus on consistently taking the short and intermediate plays that are there.
1. Make Jay Cutler Beat You – The Bears can run the ball effectively with Matt Forte, but the combination of Jay Cutler and Johnny Knox isn’t striking fear into the hearts of many. Cutler has 12 touchdowns and 10 interceptions and the Bears have given up a league-worst 37 sacks. Therefore, the Eagles should take away the run and make the Bears try to throw the ball down the field. If Philadelphia can do that, turnovers and sacks should follow.