Zach Ertz and the Philadelphia Eagles (5-4) earned a 22-14 win this week over the Chicago Bears (3-5) as the team returned home to the friendly confines of The Linc for the first time since Week 5. The Bears defense had no answer for No. 86 on Sunday as he hauled in a game-high and season-high nine catches for 103 yards and the Eagles only receiving touchdown.
“This is a really good team win today,” Head Coach Doug Pederson said. “All three phases, we saw it on offense, we saw it on defense, and of course special teams there at the end. [It was] a great team win.”
No. 86 turned in his biggest offensive day of 2019, going over the century mark in receiving for the first time this season. His most important of the nine catches, a 25-yard touchdown reception late in the second quarter to extend their lead to 12-0 over Chicago at halftime.
On a personal note, Zach increased his career total to 483 receptions and moved past Owen Daniels (479) and Hall of Famer Jackie Smith (480) on the NFL’s all-time tight end receptions list. The total puts No. 86 into 20th place in NFL history for catches by a tight end. Next on the list are Steve Jordan (498), Ben Coates (499) and Todd Heap (499).
What was perhaps most impressive on Sunday for the big tight end was his ability to earn yards after the catch and break tackles.
“He ran really good routes today,” Pederson said. “He was tough, he was physical [and] made some contested catches. That’s who Zach is and it was good to see.”
Zach’s individual efforts were equally matched by a ground game that saw the Eagles run for a combined 146 yards on 35 carries, with a score by Jordan Howard.
For Wentz, his ability to go 4-for-4 on third downs during the Eagles 8-minute fourth quarter drive, flawlessly executing Doug Pederson’s plays, was particularly noteworthy.
“Doug is a phenomenal play caller. Probably the best I have ever been around. We love playing for him,” Ertz said.
Defensively, Philadelphia was able to put pressure on Trubisky, sacking him three times and preventing him from connecting on more than half of his passes. On the day, Trubisky was just 10/21 for 125 yards and zero scores, and the Eagles were able to get up early after holding the Bears to a single yard of passing offense in the first half. Additionally, the Eagles defense forced and recovered the fumble of Bears tight end Adam Shaheen.
Kicker Jake Elliott topped off the all-arouond performance by making all three of his field goals, and he aided in the Bears’ botched kick return with under a minute remaining, thus preserving the eight-point win.
Next week, the Eagles welcome the defending Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots to the City of Brotherly Love. Kickoff from The Linc is set for 4:25 p.m. ET, and the game can be seen on CBS.