Eagles, Bears in similar spot
That the Chicago
“This is a must win for us and that’s the way that we have to approach it,” said McNabb, a Chicago product. “I wouldn’t care if it’s at Soldier Field, I wouldn’t care if it’s playing in Champaign, Ill., or we can play in Oklahoma, it doesn’t matter. This is a game that we need to win. That’s the way I’m approaching it and that’s the way the other guys are approaching it as well.”
So are the
They’ve allowed 41 or more points in two of the last five games and are fading fast from playoff contention. Their franchise quarterback,
He has a league-high 17 interceptions and 12 in the last five games after being picked off five times in a 10-6 loss at San Francisco on Nov. 12. All came in
Photos posted online suggest Cutler is perfectly comfortable being out past sundown, but things get a little spooky when he steps on the field. His 11 interceptions in three night games – all losses and all on the road – are jarring, but jittery fans can take comfort in the fact he has been picked off just twice at home.
“When things are going bad like that, you’ve got to stay positive,” Cutler said. “You’ve got to keep guys believing in the huddle, which I think they do. I think they know I’m going to bounce back.”
Which is what the
Adding to their difficulties is being without
His history is a big reason the
McCoy’s backups are a third-year pro with four career carries (Eldra Buckley) and a rookie (P.J. Hill) who hasn’t played a down, leaving fullback
“I think (McCoy’s) maturation rate has been excelled due to what Brian has gone through and that started back up at camp,” coach
As for Westbrook, McNabb expects to see him back at some point.
“He has a lot of drive and determination and he wants to be the best at everything that he does,” McNabb said. “In this situation you have to take a step back. You have to take a step back and look at your future and look at the possibilities of what it could be. You want everybody to walk away from this game on their own terms and be able to hold their kids and play with their kids in the future, travel and take trips with their families and not have to worry about anything.”