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2019 Redskins Game Preview: Redskins/Bears, Week 3

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The Redskins are back at FedExField on September 23 to play the Chicago Bears. This matchup, set for 8:15 PM, will be the first Monday Night game Washington has hosted since Week 15 of 2016 against the Carolina Panthers.

Here's everything you need to know ahead of the Week 3 tilt.

BROADCAST INFORMATION

All broadcast information for Sunday's game can be found, HERE.

GAMEDAY INFORMATION

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TICKETING INFORMATION

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Take a look at photos from Redskins practice on Thursday September 19, 2019 before they take on the Chicago Bears.

ALL-TIME SERIES

  • Redskins lead 26-23-1 overall and maintain a 4-3 advantage in postseason play.
  • Washington has won seven in a row dating back to the 2004 season
  • The two teams last met in 2016 at Soldier Field when the Redskins beat the Bears, 41-21, behind five interceptions from Washington's secondary and two Chris Thompson touchdowns.

COACHING STAFF

Redskins:

  • HC Jay Gruden
  • OC Kevin O'Connell
  • DC Greg Manusky
  • STC Nate Kaczor

Bears:

  • HC Matt Nagy
  • OC Mark Helfrich
  • DC Chuck Pagano
  • STC Chris Tabor

KEY NEW FACES

Redskins:

  • LB Jon Bostic / Montez Sweat / Cole Holcomb
  • S Landon Collins
  • OT Ereck Flowers / Donald Penn
  • QB Case Keenum / Dwayne Haskins
  • WR Terry McLaurin

Bears:

  • DB Ha Ha Clinton-Dix / Buster Skrine
  • RB Mike Davis / David Montgomery
  • WR Cordarrelle Patterson / Riley Ridley
  • K Eddy Piñeiro

OTHER SIGNIFICANT CHANGES

Redskins:

  • Kevin O'Connell took over duties as offensive coordinator in January after serving as the Redskins passing game coordinator a season ago.
  • Case Keenum earned the starting job following a summer-long quarterback battle between himself, rookie Dwayne Haskins, and long-time Redskin Colt McCoy. Through two games, Keenum has performed well, throwing for a combined 601 yards, five touchdowns, and zero interceptions.
  • The offseason release of LB's Mason Foster and Zach Brown led to the signing of former Pittsburgh Steeler Jon Bostic, who has filled in at the middle linebacker position along with rookie Cole Holcomb.

Bears:

  • With the offseason departure of Jordan Howard, a near 1,000-yard rusher in 2018, the Bears now feature of trio of rushers in their backfield. Highly touted draft pick David Montgomery joins Tarik Cohen and Mike Davis to help shape this formidable unit.
  • Along the offensive line, James Daniels, in his second year with the Bears, moved to the center position, while Cody Whitehair moved over to left guard.

STORYLINES/THINGS TO WATCH

  • Playing with consistency -- As was the case in Week 1, the Redskins found themselves in at least a decent position at the half Sunday, trailing Dallas by just one possession. Around halfway through the fourth quarter, though, things had unraveled; Washington could find no answer for the Cowboys offense and fell behind, 31-14. Looking ahead to the Bears, Jon Bostic summed up what the defense needs to accomplish in Week 3: “We gotta put a full 60 minutes together.”
  • Getting the run game going -- Through two games, the Redskins have netted just 75 total rushing yards on 30 carries. Having such little success on the ground only makes it more difficult for Washington’s passing attack, which currently ranks 25th in the NFL at 325.6 yards per game. Adrian Peterson and Chris Thompson will look to pick up most of the slack against one of the strongest defensive lines in the league in Week 3.
  • Prolonging drives -- Washington trails just Pittsburgh and Miami in time of possession following the first two weeks of the season. On average, the Redskins have maintained the ball for 26 minutes, 6 seconds of games, or a little less than one half of game action. A lot of that disparity stems from the team’s struggles on third downs, where the offense has moved the sticks 32% of the time and the defense has allowed conversions at a league-high rate of 64%.
  • Creating more turnovers -- While the Redskins have yet to cough up the ball on offense, the defense hasn’t had much luck of its own in the turnover department. Besides Montae Nicholson’s interception off a deflection Sunday against Dallas, the Redskins haven’t been able to provide much of a spark through changing possession. They’ll look to change that trend when facing the Bears' Mitch Trubisky, whose quarterback rating sits at an abysmal 27.5.

INTRIGUING MATCHUPS

  • Redskins Offensive Line vs. Bears Defensive Line -- Through two weeks, the Redskins offense has faced two tough tests in the Cowboys and Eagles. That difficult road continues Monday night against the Bears' elite defensive front. The unit is led by four-time Pro Bowler and three-time first-team All-Pro Khalil Mack and 2018 Pro Bowler Akiem Hicks. Still, in two games, the Redskins offensive line has only allowed two sacks, though they have fallen victim to the penalty bug. Expect the Redskins to double team Mack often or chip him with a running back or tight end in an effort to slow him down.
  • S Landon Collins vs. RB Tarik Cohen -- While Tarik Cohen is listed as a running back on the Bears depth chart, he is primarily used as a pass catcher in the slot and out of the backfield. Last season as a member of the New York Giants, Landon Collins covered Cohen often in their game in early December. A versatile safety, Collins will have a similar assignment on Monday night. Limiting Cohen’s production as a quick outlet for Trubisky will be a matchup to watch.
  • Redskins Defensive Line vs. Bears Offensive Line -- Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky has struggled so far this season, throwing for 348 yards, with zero touchdowns and one interception. Having posted two sacks through two games, the Redskins defensive line will look to pressure Trubisky as much as possible. Getting to the quarterback has been a point of emphasis for defensive coordinator Greg Manusky throughout the week and will be a key to victory Monday night.
  • WR Terry McLaurin vs. Bears Secondary -- In two weeks, third-round rookie wide receiver Terry McLaurin has emerged as Case Keenum’s No. 1 target. McLaurin has a team-high 187 yards, which is sixth highest for a rookie wideout through two games since 1996. The Bears boast a talented secondary led by safety Eddie Jackson and former Redskin Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. Not registering a catch until the second half against the Cowboys, McLaurin will look to make an impact early and often against Chicago.

INJURY REPORT

The injury report for Week 3 between the Redskins and the Cowboys can be found, HERE.

PROJECTED WEATHER

REGULAR SEASON STATS LEADERS

Redskins:

  • Passing — QB Case Keenum (601 yards)
  • Rushing — RB Adrian Peterson (25 yards)
  • Receiving — WR Terry McLaurin (187 yards)
  • Touchdowns — QB Case Keenum (5)
  • Tackles — S Landon Collins (19, 14 solo)
  • Sacks — LB Cassanova McKinzy, LB Ryan Kerrigan (1)
  • Interceptions — S Montae Nicholson (1)

Bears:

  • Passing — QB Mitchell Trubisky (348 yards)
  • Rushing — RB David Montgomery (80 yards)
  • Receiving — WR Allen Robinson (143 yards)
  • Touchdowns — RB David Montgomery (1)
  • Tackles — LB Roquan Smith (18, 13 solo)
  • Sacks — LB Leonard Floyd (2)
  • Interceptions — CB Kyle Fuller (1)

REGULAR SEASON TEAM STATS

Redskins:

  • Total offense — 25th (326.5 YPG)
  • Scoring offense — 10th (24.0 PPG)
  • Passing offense — 10th (289.0 YPG)
  • Sacks allowed — T-3rd (2)
  • Running offense — 30th (37.5 YPG)
  • Third down offense — T-21st (32.0%)
  • Red zone offense — 83.3%
  • Total defense — 30th (455.0 YPG)
  • Scoring defense — T-30th (31.5 PPG)
  • Passing defense — 25th (287.0 YPG)
  • Sacks — T-28th (2)
  • Running defense — 31st (168.0 YPG)
  • Third down defense — 32nd (64.0%)
  • Red zone defense — 60.0%
  • Time of possession — 30th (26:06)
  • Turnover differential — T-9th (+1)

Bears:

  • Total offense — 30th (263.5 YPG)
  • Scoring offense — T-30th (9.5 PPG)
  • Passing offense — 28th (164.0 YPG)
  • Sacks allowed — 17th (5)
  • Running offense — 18th (99.5 YPG)
  • Third down offense — 28th (23.08%)
  • Red zone offense — 50%
  • Total defense — 4th (292.5 YPG)
  • Scoring defense — 3rd (12.0 PPG)
  • Passing defense — 12th (224.0 YPG)
  • Sacks — T-6th (7)
  • Running defense — T-6th (68.5 YPG)
  • Third down defense — 3rd (19.23%)
  • Red zone defense — 40%
  • Time of possession — 25th (27:59)
  • Turnover differential — T-15th (0)

Contributing writer Jacob Steinberg contributed to this story.

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