- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Chicago’s defense found a way to curtail Michael Vick’s exploits. Houston’s D doesn’t resemble the Bears in any way.

Another prime-time showcase for Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles comes Thursday night when they entertain the Texans. Yes, Houston comes off a shutout of Tennessee, but the Titans are in turmoil and nobody is suggesting the Texans should be equated with the Monsters of the Midway.

In fact, they’re usually more like a turnstile than a brick wall. Even with the blanking of the Titans, Houston ranks 28th overall on defense and 31st against the pass.

Vick, DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin and Brent Celek collectively must be saying “Bring them on.”

Philly is a 7-point favorite to remain atop the NFC East.

“For us to go out there and not to be able to win like we wanted to is obviously disappointing,” Jackson said of the loss at Soldier Field. “That’s (neither) here nor there. We’re on to the next one. We have Houston coming in, and that’s what we’re worried about.”

No worries.

EAGLES, 28-20

Chicago (minus 3 1/2) at Detroit

Time to give the Bears some Lovie.


Dallas (plus 5) at Indianapolis

Imagine: Colts were 11-0 a year ago. Now, they could fall to 6-6 as Peyton Manning struggles to carry an injury-ravaged squad.

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