It’s safe to exhale, Eagles fans.

Just when things were looking quite dubious for the Eagles, the offense put together an eight-minute drive to kill the clock. A Miles Sanders’ first-down catch on third-and-long extended the drive, and Carson Wentz made a handful of plays to keep the team ahead of the chains.

It was a dominant first half for the Eagles defense, but the offense struggled to build a convincing lead while the Bears incompetence kept them from getting a first down for the majority of the first half.

In the third quarter, the Bears gained some ground, but the Eagles were able to avoid a repeat of their loss to the Panthers last season.

Now, the 5-4 Birds can go into their bye week.

Eagles secondary rears its ugly head

Those feeling good about the Eagles secondary with its starters returning healthy may be a bit uneasy at this point. Several blown coverages have allowed the Bears to come back in the game, with David Montgomery leaping for a one-yard score with 12:43 left in the game.

The Eagles offense has been completely ineffective in the second half, being shut out for the entire third quarter.

Bears offense shows signs of life

The Eagles’ secondary held up for the entire first half, and Mitchell Trubisky finally cashed in. Trubisky found Taylor Gabriel for a 53-yard gain over Jalen Mills’ head. Mills may have been expecting safety help.

The Bears capitalized on its first trip to the red zone as David Montgomery scored a touchdown on a one-yard run.

Jordan Howard gets his revenge

Jordan Howard scored a touchdown against his former team, as Brandon Brooks and the Eagles offensive line carved out a massive hole in the Bears defense. They lead, 19-0.

Howard was traded to the Eagles in exchange for a late-round draft pick. The Bears moved on from Howard despite him being one of the more productive running backs during his tenure in Chicago. The Bears drafted David Montgomery in last year’s draft, but he’s struggled along with the rest of the Bears’ offense to be consistently impactful.

Dominant defense

The Eagles went into halftime with a 12-0 lead, and there’s a chance those 12 measly points could be enough to go home. To say the Bears offense struggled in the first half would be like saying Nick Foles is “well-liked” in Philadelphia.

Chicago didn’t manage a first down until late in the second quarter. They have nine net yards in the game, and Mitchell Trubisky has just one net yard through the air.

Ertz finds the end zone

Carson Wentz found Zach Ertz for a 25-yard touchdown pass to give the Eagles a 12-0 lead. Ertz has been having a quiet season, so getting in the end zone for the second time this season could be just what he needs.

It was the first time the Eagles cashed in for a touchdown when getting into the red zone, but Jake Elliott missed the extra point.

Eagles settle for three in the red zone twice

Jake Elliott fantasy owners will be happy, but perhaps not those pulling for the Eagles. For the second straight drive, the Eagles had to settle for a field goal in the red zone.

DeSean Jackson heads to locker room

Carson Wentz and the Eagles offense got to enjoy the services of DeSean Jackson for exactly one drive. The wide receiver, who is dealing with an abdomen injury, left the game on the team’s second offensive series, and went to the locker room at the end of the first quarter.

Jackson left the team’s Week 2 loss to the Atlanta Falcons in the second quarter and had yet to return. Jackson had one catch for five yards on the day.

Eagles strike first

The Eagles drove 70 yards for their first drive, but settled for three points after a three-and-out in the red zone. Carson Wentz connected with DeSean Jackson for the first time since Week 1, and Miles Sanders busted another screen loose for a 19-yard run sparked by key blocks by Jason Kelce and Brandon Brooks.

Eagles back to deferential ways

The Eagles won the toss and decided to defer. Their defense swiftly forced a three-and-out thanks to a disruptive play by Fletcher Cox and an errant throw by Mitchell Trubisky on third down.

Welcome to the blog

Good afternoon and welcome to the Eagles live blog. The Birds are back at home for the first time in nearly a month, as they host the Chicago Bears (3-4) at Lincoln Financial Field.

The Bears are currently reeling after losing three straight games. Their quarterback, Mitchell Trubisky, has been under scrutiny for inconsistent play, and their coach, Matt Nagy, has experienced the end of the honeymoon in his second season at the helm.

The Eagles (4-4) are hoping to leave the Linc with a winning record as they head into the bye week. They’ve spent the week getting ready to face Bears edge rusher Khalil Mack, who leads a solid defensive front. Jordan Howard will be out for revenge, too, as he gets to race the team that traded him last offseason.

Pre-game stories of interest

Les Bowen has today’s inactives, which include a healthy Sidney Jones, along with linebacker Nigel Bradham, who is still healing from a bad ankle.

Want to read up on some stats before kickoff? Paul Domowitch has his pre-game stats that matter for your reading pleasure.

Domo also broke down the matchups to keep an eye on today with his weekly scouting report.

The gang, including yours truly, predicted the final score for the game. We all agree on the winner, but not on the score.

Miles Sanders is ready to go after missing part of the second half last week with a shoulder injury. Jeff McLane details how the rookie has consistently improved so far this season.