Anatomy of a Play: Orton's TD pass to Booker

In Week 3, the Philadelphia Eagles defense feasted on Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, sacking him eight times and allowing just two field goals in a 15-6 victory.

The unit, directed by Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Johnson, used its aggressive blitz package to record 13 sacks through the first three games, tied for the league lead with the New York Giants. But the Chicago Bears had a plan in mind to neutralize the Eagles rush and create some big plays of their own.

Anatomy of a Play

In their Week 4 contest at Soldier Field, the Bears started the game with a no-huddle offense. That accomplished two things: It allowed Bears quarterback Kyle Orton to get into a good passing rhythm early and it also kept Johnson from shuttling in his multiple personnel packages.

"The Eagles normally show you a lot of exotic (defensive) looks," Orton said, "but with the no huddle, they weren't able to substitute as much so they had to play more base. It definitely had them off balance."

The Eagles were so off balance, in fact, that Orton was able to set a career high with three touchdown passes, all in the first half. The Bears took the lead just 1:55 into the game on a pass from Orton to tight end Greg Olsen on their way to a 24-20 victory.

Offensive coordinator Ron Turner was not intimidated by what he saw in the films of the Eagles defense. He saw ways that he could dictate coverage and create mismatches that would set up big plays. On the touchdown to Olsen, he got the tight end matched up one-on-one with linebacker Chris Gocong and Olsen pulled in Orton's perfectly thrown pass.

The play that we break down in this week's anatomy was the second Chicago touchdown when the Bears beat the Eagles blitz. They had a trips right formation with two tight ends -- Olsen and Desmond Clark -- and wide receiver Marty Booker lined up side by side. The Eagles were in man coverage and when Olsen ran to the flat and Clark broke inside, it left Quintin Mikell, a safety, one-on-one with Booker. It was a mismatch favoring Booker, who beat the Eagles safety by faking a corner route and breaking to the post.

Orton executed the play perfectly, looking off the other safety Brian Dawkins, then throwing a strike to Booker to complete the 23-yard touchdown. It was a beautifully designed play, but it only worked because the Bears offensive line -- with an assist from rookie running back Matt Forte -- picked up the Eagles blitz and gave Orton a nice wide pocket and a clear throwing lane.

Award-winning sportswriter Ray Didinger is a senior producer for NFL Films.

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