Against the Bears today, the Eagles will be minus their great cornerback Asante Samuel, who leads the league with seven interceptions. He has a sprained medial collateral ligament and has to be upset because Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has been known to force passes into coverage.
Last week against the Giants, the Eagles stuffed New York’s running game and also created five turnovers. Their play helped secure the win and put the Eagles in first place in the NFC East. The defense will start two rookies today — free safety Nate Allen, a starter since Week 1, and first-round pick Brandon Graham, who goes for injured left defensive end Juqua Parker.