PHILADELPHIA—Monday was not the Bears' night.
Monday is hardly ever the Bears' night.
This Monday it was the Philadelphia Eagles, a team the Bears have dominated any other day of the week, who took advantage of the doomed visitors at Veterans Stadium, winning their eighth straight home Monday night contest.
"I love it and my players love it," said Eagles coach Rich Kotite of their Monday night magic.
Randall Cunningham enjoyed the 11th 300-yard passing game in his career and his first back-to-back 300-yard performance as the Eagles breezed to a 24-0 halftime lead and 30-0 third-quarter advantage, then held on for a 30-22 victory.
In the Eagles' previous 100 games, only twice had they scored 24 points in a half.
The loss left the Bears 1-1 and tied with every other team in the NFC Central. The Eagles improved to 1-1.
"It was pretty obvious that in all areas Philadelphia made the plays and we didn't," said Bears coach Dave Wannstedt. "We didn't make any plays on offense until the second half. We didn't make any plays on defense. And we gave them plays with our kicking game.
"It wasn't the preparation by our players. They worked hard this week. For whatever reason, we never got on track."
Actually, the Bears did get on track in the fourth quarter as Erik Kramer threw three touchdown passes, two to Curtis Conway. But by then the game was out of hand.
The Bears have not fared well on the road on Monday nights, going 3-17. Overall, they are 12-24 on Monday nights. It was their sixth straight Monday night loss.
The Eagles took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter after an 11-play, 83-yard drive capped by an 8-yard pass from Cunningham to Calvin Williams.
Cunningham and Williams hooked up again with 12 minutes 8 seconds left in the second period with a 14-yard touchdown pass to give the Eagles a 14-0 lead.
A 47-yard punt return by Jeff Sydner set the Eagles up at the Bears' 19. Five plays later, Cunningham threw his third touchdown of the night, a 7-yarder to tight end Maurice Johnson.
Cunningham (24 of 36 for 311 yards) had missed 28 games in the last three years because of serious leg injuries, and many of his teammates had questioned his toughness after the Eagles' opening-day 28-23 loss to the New York Giants.
"I don't read the papers and I don't listen to the radio, but a lot of people have been telling me that I've been getting dogged lately," said Cunningham. "It got to the point where I said: `What have I done to get dogged?' A lot of the fans have come up to me and said, `Forget about what everybody is saying. We're behind you 100 percent.' And that kind of lifted me up."
Eddie Murray kicked a 42-yard field goal with :02 left in the half to make it 24-0.
The Eagles had not beaten the Bears in 14 years. The Eagles have won five of their last six Monday night outings. Their last home Monday night defeat was Sept. 10, 1979, against Atlanta.