Bears out to punt losing streak at Philly

The Philadelphia Eagles eye their second consecutive victory when they host the sinking Chicago Bears on Sunday.The Eagles (4-4) can move back above .500 with a win in a rematch of last season’s NFC Wild Card game — a 16-15 victory at Chicago decided on a missed field goal attempt by the Bears. It’s a theme Chicago simply cannot shake.On the flip side, Eagles coach Doug Pederson said Wednesday the team is excited for what’s ahead based on the improvement of the overall health of the roster.”The No. 1 thing is we’re getting guys back, we’re getting guys healthy here quickly and it goes into a lot of the decisions, but we take a look,” Pederson said. “But I feel really good with where we are as a team and what we got coming down the pike.”Since the meeting in January, the teams have revamped rosters. The Eagles will be anchored by quarterback Carson Wentz, who was injured for the playoff game. Meanwhile, the Bears are looking for an anchor of any sort at this point after a 3-1 start went south.Wentz has thrown at least one touchdown pass in 11 consecutive games, tying an NFL record also held by Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. Wentz tossed a touchdown pass to tight end Dallas Goedert in last Sunday’s 31-13 victory over the Buffalo Bills on the road. Philadelphia also rushed for three scores.The 18-point win came after a week of reported turmoil within the Eagles’ locker room about a lack of leadership.”I think it’s just a step in the right direction, for those guys to step up and kind of take ownership,” Pederson said. “Listen, being a leader is not about being perfect, and everybody made mistakes. But they stepped up and owned it.Edge rusher Brandon Graham elevated his play on defense with his fifth sack of the season. The defense was scorched for 37 points against the Dallas Cowboys the prior week and stepped up in a big way, anchored by Graham.”He’s playing tough, he’s playing physical, he’s playing inside a little bit on the pass-rush stuff,” defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz said. “But he mans that defensive end well and that was a good running football team (Bills). That team takes pride in being physical and we were able to take that part of the game away from them.”It’s unclear if the banged-up Eagles will see the return of wide receiver DeSean Jackson, left tackle Jason Peters or linebacker Nigel Bradham against the Bears.Wentz said Wednesday he was thrilled the Eagles made no moves at the trade deadline, after rumors connected them to help at cornerback and running back.”We’ll have some guys coming back from injuries and stuff soon,” Wentz said, “so we feel extremely confident with who we have and we’re ready to roll.”

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