The Philadelphia Eagles face the Chicago Bears during their week two matchup on Monday Night Football at 8:30 P.M. ET. The Eagles defensive tackles, Bennie Logan and Fletcher Cox, will have their work cut out for them this Monday.
Cox is the Eagles best player, while Logan is the team’s best run stuffer. Long and Sitton are arguable the best guard duo in the NFL, while Whitehair was one of the top offensive line prospects from this past draft.
The Eagles showed interest in Whitehair during the scouting combine, so the team could possess knowledge of his weaknesses and strength.
Sitton was released by the Green Bay Packers during the end of the preseason. The Bears swiftly picked him up to give quarterback, Jay Cutler, a reliable pass-protector along the line with Long.
Sitton finished last season with a 87.2 overall grade according to profootballfocus.com. Long also finished with a 79.8 grade according to pro-football focus.
Logan finished last season with a 79.3 overall grade according to pro-football focus and was the second best interior defensive lineman versus the run this past season. Cox finished with a 89.9 overall grade according to the site playing out of position as a 3-4 defensive end.
The Bears offensive tackles are inexperienced starters and average at best. Cox could find himself rotating to the defensive end position (shown in the clip below) to apply pressure on Cutler. The Eagles defensive line needs to put as much pressure on the quarterback as possible.
Shot 5 – Fletcher Cox (@fcoxx_91) and that burst.
As a DE.
At 310 pounds.
— Fran Duffy (@EaglesXOs) August 31, 2016
Brandon Graham, Vinny Curry, and Connor Barwin all have favorable matchups versus the Bears offensive tackles, Charles Leno Jr. and Bobby Massie, who struggled mightily versus the Houston Texans this past Sunday.
The Eagles most glaring deficiency on the defensive side of the ball is the cornerback position, while wide receiver of Alshon Jeffery, Kevin White, and Eddie Royal is the strongest position group on the Bears.
Cutler is sporadic under pressure and known as a turnover prone quarterback. The keys to victory for the Eagles is creating turnovers and limiting the production of Cutler. Eagles defensive coordinator, Jim Schwartz, knows the veteran quarterback while being the Detroit Lions head coach from 2009-2013.
The familiarity with the gunslinger could prove to be an advantage for the Eagles and how they approach their game plan against him. Pressure on Cutler will be the Eagles biggest priority on Monday.