Cornerback Asante Samuel, who leads the league in interceptions, missed Sunday's game with a sprained knee. The Eagles gave up four touchdown passes and didn't have a takeaway for the first time this season. It's uncertain whether Samuel will be able to play Thursday night against the Texans.
The Eagles converted just one of five red-zone opportunities into touchdowns against the Bears. Converted just one of five last week against the Giants. If the Eagles don't get more productive inside the opponent's 20, they won't be going to the playoffs.
The Eagles' offensive line, which had been playing better, struggled against Julius Peppers and the Bears. Gave up four sacks, which was the most since Week 5. A protection breakdown led to Michael Vick's costly red-zone interception in the second quarter.
For the second straight week, Michael Vick wasn't a factor as a runner. The Bears held him to 44 yards on nine carries. Last week, the Giants held him to 34 yards on 11 carries.
The challenge of the short week
The Eagles don't have any time to mourn Sunday's loss. They have a short-week game against Houston on Thursday night at the Linc. At least it's in their backyard.