Monday night matchup

Chicago Bears' running back Matt Forte celebrates after scoring a touchdown on the Tampa Bay...

Chicago Bears' running back Matt Forte celebrates after scoring a touchdown on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during their NFL football game at Wembley Stadium, in London, October 23, 2011. REUTERS/Paul Hackett

Bill Lankhof, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:08 AM ET

The Chicago Bears have been lousy against the pass.

The Philadelphia Eagles haven’t been very good at stopping the run.

That could translate into an offensive shootout Monday night when the Bears meet the Eagles. Whichever defence figures it out soonest, will end up wearing the post-game grins.

So far, it’s pretty much been a mystery to both sides.

The Eagles and Michael Vick seem, at least, to finally have figured out the season has started which could be bad news for the sad-sacked Jay Cutler.

They crushed division rival Dallas 34-7 last Sunday for their second consecutive win.

Vick has cranked it up with passing for the season (10th in the league) and that should set him up for a big night.

The Bears pass defence is 28th in the NFL, allowing 272 yards per game.

On the other hand, the Eagles will have to find a way to at least slow down Matt Forte, who leads all NFL running backs with 155.9 yards from scrimmage per game.

He is arguably the most versatile running back in the league with 38 receptions, second among NFL running backs. His 5.4 yards per carry ranks third in the league.

“He’s one of the few running backs that they probably keep him in there in any situation, whether it’s pass, run, long yardage, short yardage,” Eagles linebacker Jamar Chaney told reporters this week.

Vick is 0-4 against Chicago, but If LeSean McCoy recovers fully from what coach Andy Reid called a “stomach flu,” he has his own major ground weapon. McCoy is coming off a career-high 185-yard rushing night against the Cowboys.


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