By David F. Cohen

Ryan Mathews has come a long way since last season when he was considered the Eagles’ sissy-boy, soft running back who was just a soft issue injury away from the injury list.

Now that DeMarco Murray is gone, Mathews is considered the Birds’ workhorse back.

And if the Eagles are to beat the Bears tonight they will need to run the football early to set up the pass. Mathews will get to bang the ball inside against Vic Fangio’s 3-4 defense.

He may not get the yards initially, but the inside runs will set up the pass. Danny Trevathan and Jerrell Freeman will be called upon to make the plays against the run. Once they start to cheat up to stop the run, the Eagles will be able to use play action to

Once they start to cheat up to stop the run, the Eagles will be able to use play action to get Carson Wentz on the move and use the aggressiveness of Trevathan/Freeman against them.