Eagles 31, Bears 3: Studs, duds, turning point and more

Dave Zangaro | NBC Sports Philadelphia
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<p>The Eagles put the Bears away early with 24 unanswered points in the first half and cruised to their ninth straight win, 31-3. By Dave Zangaro</p>

Eagles 31, Bears 3: Studs, duds, turning point and more

The Eagles put the Bears away early with 24 unanswered points in the first half and cruised to their ninth straight win, 31-3. By Dave Zangaro

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The Eagles are a machine. 

On Sunday, they were a steamroller. 

The Bears had absolutely no chance against them Sunday at the Linc. The Eagles bullied them on their way to a 31-3 win (see Roob's observations). This one was never close. 

With the win, the Eagles improved to 10-1 for just the fourth time in franchise history (2004, 1980, 1949). The Bears dropped to 3-8. 

The Eagles are just the 39th team in the Super Bowl era to win 10 of their first 11. The first 38 have all made the playoffs - 17 went to the Super Bowl and eight won it. 

The Eagles still have the best record in the entire league with five games left on their schedule. 

Carson Wentz had his fifth three-touchdown game of the season. He's just one away from tying Norm Snead's franchise record of six, set in 1967. 

The Eagles scored 30-plus points for the fifth straight game. It's the first time they've done that since 1953. 

But the real story of the game was the Eagles' defense. Jim Schwartz's unit was incredible against the lackluster Bears, who just couldn't get anything going. 

The Eagles crushed the Bears in the first half and went into the locker room with a 24-0 lead. That came after they shut out the Cowboys in the second half in Dallas. They had outscored their opponents, 54-0, in four quarters. 

Turning point
Once the Eagles scored first, this one was over. 

Key stats
The Eagles held the Bears to six rushing yards. That's the fewest rushing yards they've allowed in a game since 1946. 

The Eagles outgained the Bears 272-33 in the first half. They also had 16 first downs, while the Bears didn't have one. This was never a game. 

The Bears became the first team since the Chiefs in 2012 to fail to get a first down in the first half.

Offensive stud
Wentz continues to amaze. He was dazzling yet again Sunday (see report card). He finished his day completing 23 of 36 passes for 227 yards, 3 touchdowns, no interceptions and a passer rating of 109.4. He came out with 9:38 left in the fourth for Nick Foles. 

Offensive dud
While LeGarrette Blount and Corey Clement had nice days, Jay Ajayi didn't have much of an impact. He did have a 30-yard run in the fourth quarter but fumbled. Nelson Agholor was there to jump on it. 

Defensive stud
Brandon Graham picked up a sack and has a new career high with seven. He had a very good game again. 

Defensive dud
I dunno. 

Key plays 
• Corey Graham had a late interception to finish off the game. 

• Ajayi broke off a 30-yard run but fumbled near the goal line and the ball rolled into the end zone. Agholor was there to fall on it. The Eagles are even scoring on their fumbles. 

• The Bears broke up the shutout with a 38-yard field goal in the third quarter. They finally got a first down on the drive. 

• Wentz hit Alshon Jeffery for an eight-yard touchdown pass to end the half with the Eagles up 24-0. Jeffery jumped a little early but it didn't matter. He came down with a touchdown and celebrated by fake bowling and knocking down his teammates. 

Jake Elliott made a 45-yarder to put the Eagles up 17-0. It was his first field goal since coming back from a concussion last week. 

• Wentz made an incredible play, avoiding a rusher and scampering for 16 yards and a first down on a third-down attempt. It was an incredible play. 

• The Eagles made it 14-0 in the second quarter, when Agholor caught a pass, made a man miss and flipped into the end zone. 

• On their second drive of the game, Wentz hit Zach Ertz for a 17-yard touchdown to put them up 7-0 and start the demolition.

Injuries 
Beau Allen (knee) and Trey Burton (back) both missed the game after being listed as questionable. Joe Walker left early with a stinger; Najee Goode replaced him. 

Up next
The Eagles will play the Seahawks in Seattle before traveling south to spend the week in Southern California in advance of the Rams game. Two tough road games on tap. 

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