Despite all of the ups and downs of this season, the Eagles can find themselves in a tie for first place in the NFC East with a win on Monday night over the New York Giants courtesy of the Chicago Bears.
The Bears held on to beat the Dallas Cowboys 31-24 on Thursday Night Football. The Cowboys scored a touchdown on their opening drive, but the Bears scored 24 consecutive points to take a 24-7 lead into the fourth quarter. Dallas rallied with 17 fourth-quarter points, but an onside kick with eight seconds left was recovered by the Bears to secure the win.
On the stat sheet, it looked like a good night for the Cowboys' offense. Running back Ezekiel Elliott had 81 yards rushing and two scores. Quarterback Dak Prescott had 334 passing yards and a touchdown. Wide receiver Michael Gallup had 109 receiving yards and wide receiver Amari Cooper added another 83 yards and a touchdown.
But the Cowboys' offense was stagnant after its opening drive and Dallas could not stop Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. The Bears' first drive ended with an interception at the Cowboys' 1-yard line, then the Bears went on four straight scoring drives. Chicago did not punt until the middle of the third quarter.
The Bears struggled late with two three-and-outs and a third-down drop that could have run out the clock, but Trubisky finished with four total touchdowns and wide receiver Allen Robinson hauled in a pair of scores from Trubisky. Chicago was 7-of-12 on third down and reached the end zone on three trips inside the Dallas 20-yard line.
Dallas remains in first place with a 6-7 record. The Eagles can match that mark with a win over the 2-10 Giants, who have lost eight straight games. Three players missed practice for the Eagles on Thursday: wide receiver Nelson Agholor (knee), defensive end Derek Barnett (ankle), and linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill (concussion). Running back Jordan Howard (shoulder) was limited, but still has not been cleared for contact.
The Giants turn to Eli Manning, who is set to start for an injured Daniel Jones (ankle). Manning started the first two games of the season, both losses, before being benched for the first-round pick. Other injuries of note for the Giants include safety Jabrill Peppers (DNP, back), cornerback Corey Ballentine (limited, concussion), tight end Evan Engram (limited, foot), and tackle Nate Solder (limited, ankle). Former Eagle Golden Tate was a full participant with a concussion.