After Jeffery hauled in an eight-yard touchdown in the second quarter, he organized a celebration where he mimicked a bowler and his Eagles teammates were the bowling pins. Only when it came time for Jeffery to roll, he refused to let go of the football.
"Trust me, I wasn't rolling that one," Jeffery said.
Jeffery was all business before and after the contest, calling it "just a regular game," although it didn't necessarily feel like it to observers.
The Eagles seemed to make a point of throwing the ball Jeffery's way on the first play from scrimmage. That five-yard reception was the first of five catches for 52 yards and a score, all coming in the first half.
Targeted nine times, Jeffery insisted the Eagles were "working within our game plan," but everybody knew he wanted to play a role in a victory over the Bears.
“Alshon didn't say anything," Eagles wide receiver Torrey Smith said. "Sometimes it's understood, it doesn't have to be explained.”
After spending the first five seasons of his NFL career in Chicago, Jeffery was allowed to become a free agent in March, signing with the Eagles. There's little doubt this date had been circled on his calendar ever since.
“That was home for him," Smith said. "He was raised up there. I'm sure it meant something to him. Glad he was able to get a touchdown and play a big game today.”
Whatever emotion Jeffery was feeling during the Eagles' rout, it certainly wasn't mercy or pity.
A woeful Bears offense with a receiving corps decimated by injuries managed only 140 yards of total offense against the Eagles. There's no question they could've used Jeffery on the opposite side — not that he cares.
“My brothers are over here," Jeffery said. "Me and my brothers are on the same team. If I go to a different team, I'm on a new team.
“These are my group of brothers now. I'm trying to tear their ass up if you're on the other side.”
Though he probably wanted to send his former employer a message, that wasn't what was most important to Jeffery. Sunday was all about improving the Eagles' record to 10-1.
"He didn't seem too much different today," Eagles tight end Zach Ertz said. "He was focused on the win.
“That's the one thing that's stuck out about him is that he doesn't really care about his stats. There have been games where he had one catch early in the year, and he's like, 'Hey, I don't care. As long as we win, that's all that matters to me.'”
No matter what was running through Jeffery's mind this week, he remained professional and insisted this game wasn't personal. What's more, you have to believe him — to a point.
After all, with every win the Eagles amass, Jeffery's decision to flee Chicago is being vindicated.
“Nothing against those guys and what they have going on," Jeffery said. "I'm just going out and playing football and having fun.”
When Jeffery says he could've been a non-factor in a W and been perfectly satisfied, that's likely true. But when he did find the end zone against the Bears, it clearly meant something to Jeffery.
It was important enough to not carry out an end zone celebration as planned.