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Posted at 02:56 PM ET, 11/08/2011

Chicago Bears earn respect with win over Eagles


Matt Forte, Jay Cutler and the Bears just want a little respect! (Matt Slocum - AP)
The Chicago Bears went into Philadelphia on Monday night as 8-point underdogs.

The Bears entered with a 4-3 record, having won three of four. The Eagles came in at 3-4 with a modest two-game win streak.

Based on talent alone, the Eagles should have been given the edge on their home turf. But eight points?

That didn’t sit too well with the Bears, who did their best to change NFC perceptions with a come-from-behind 30-24 win.

“The Chicago Bears should not be 8-point underdogs in a game like this on the road. And our guys played like they felt that way,” Bears coach Lovie Smith said. “We feel like we have a pretty good team that is not getting a lot of respect.”

When they play the way they did Monday, there’s little doubt the Bears deserve more respect than they’re getting.

Jay Cutler threw for a pair of touchdowns — including the go-ahead score with 2:21 left — and running back Matt Forte continued his campaign for a first Pro Bowl bid with yet another 100-yard day.

Forte, who last week said his team was “grinding (him) into a pulp,” bounced back from a pair of early fumbles to rush for 133 yards on 24 carries against the Eagles porous run defense. He’s now second in the NFL (behind Eagles RB LeSean McCoy) with 805 rushing yards.

Don’t look now, but the Bears are smack dab in the middle of the playoff hunt. They’re currently one game behind the Detroit Lions for second place in the NFC North... and look who’s coming to Soldier Field on Sunday.

The Lions rode a raucous Monday night crowd to a 24-13 win in Week 5, but the Bears have now won three straight with Forte’s 365 yards during that stretch.

With the loss, the Eagles fell to 3-5 and now trail the NFC East leading Giants by three games.

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