The Chicago Bears start with some tempo early on in an attempt to find some rhythm for a struggling offense.
The Chicago Bears march down the field while settling the nerves of everyone not privy to Halas Hall. Unfortunately, they stall out after a sack takes them from field goal range. The lack of scoring on opening drives continues. This game was defined by a dominant defense and an opportunistic offense.
It was certainly a change of pace to score 28 points in the first half. The defense reminded everyone who they are on the opening possession. Pick-six by Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. The former Redskin showed his old team he can still play at a high level. Bears defense strikes first, 7-0.
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Khalil Mack and friends come right back on the field with a monstrous sack. That is back to back games with a Mack Attack sack. He is a different kind of special, his play is otherworldly. He is already camping out in Washington's backfield. It is understandable when opposing offensive coordinators have to account for him at all times.
Mitchell Trubisky is getting the ball out of his hands really quick. The offense is saved from a safety by a generous but accurate spot. The offensive line is a weakness this season. That is not a good sign for a championship-hopeful football team. The huge sack takes the Bears to another third and long. Second straight punt on the night.
Penalties define the first quarter. The sloppy undisciplined play has been a recent trend this season. Both sides of the ball are responsible for untimely penalties. These penalties are breaking up any kind of momentum necessary to sustain a drive. Plus, Trubisky continues to struggle with his accuracy in certain situations.
It took three weeks but Trubisky gets his first touchdown pass to Taylor Gabriel in the middle of the second quarter. The offense matches the defensive scoring output at six points apiece.
It will be hard to beat a struggling Chicago offense with this defense. Even Trubisky can beat you with a short field. This is the recipe for success for Chicago moving ahead. 21-0 with just under six minutes to go in the first half.
Kyle Fuller with his second interception in as many weeks! The defense continues to set up the offense. Trubisky is simply taking advantage of a mentally defeated Redskins team. He now has three touchdown passes to Taylor Gabriel in the second quarter alone!
It is fitting that the defense ends with a penalty allowing Washington to score its first three points as the clock expires. This was a tale of two quarters. The defense came alive wreaking havoc and forcing turnovers. This is the best-case scenario for Trubisky's confidence. He is throwing the ball with confidence and his squad leads 28-3 at the half.
The Bears open the half with another Clinton-Dix interception. That may have been the backbreaker for a Washington team desperate for a micro-win.
The bottom line is the defense will continue to save this team because that side of the ball is playing out of their minds. Matt Nagy, Trubisky and the rest of the offense still have some questions that need to be answered after a lopsided win on Monday Night.
The game ball goes to Chuck Pagano and the entire defense. They forced five turnovers and the offense did the rest. This was a necessary game to prove the Bears still belong. The NFC North has four teams playing winning football. Every game is a must-win at this point in this division.
Bears win this one 31-15.
Until next time, stay thirsty and Bear down!