It is tough to categorize the Bears win over the Washington Redskins, but from the Bears perspective they saw growth from the offense and another splendid performance from the defense. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, the former Green Bay Packer who played for the Redskins last season and was picked up by the Bears this season had a studding performance. Clinton Dix scored on a 37-yard interception and run back–one of 5 turnovers for the Monsters of the Midway. Eddy Pineiro who was nursing a sore knee, but kicked the extra point. Bears up 7-0. Bears punter Pat O’Donnell handled the kickoffs which need to be kicked at “full-tilt.”
A few series later, the Bears took over starting on their own 33 yard line. Trubisky was able to put a 6-minute touchdown drive together with a combination of short passes and a few runs. Although some continue to criticize Bears head coach Matt Naggy for not using David Montgomery on the run more, on this series alone he was involved in 4 plays–2 runs and 2 pass plays. At the Redskins 3-yard line, Trubisky made an easy toss to Taylor Gabriel for the first offensive touchdown for the Bears. After the Pineiro’s extra point, Bears were up, 14-0.
Less than a minute later, Khalil Mack sacked Case Keenum at the Redskins 20, causing a fumble that was recovered by Akiem Hicks at the 11. From there, Montgomery ran off tackle for 3 yards and then Allen Robinson was interfered with on a short pass from Trubisky. After the penalty, Trubisky went to Gabriel again for an easy score from 1 yard out. Pineiro kicked the extra point: Bears were up, 21-0.
About 30 seconds later, the Redskins gave up the ball again as Kyle Fuller dove for interception at the 37. Trubisky put together another excellent drive–this one with 10 plays taking a little over 4 minutes. On a tough 3rd down, Trubisky scrambled and threw a 36 yard beauty to Gabriel who planted both feet in the end zone with great skill for the score. Once again, Pineiro kicked the extra point: Bears lead, 28-0.
On the next series, Keenum drives the Redskins to field goal range and Dustin Hopkins kicks a 35-yard. Bears leads, 28-3.
In the second half, Clinton Dix picks off Keenum again and returns 59 yards. The Bears drive ends as Pineiro misses a 44-yeard field goal. Nevertheless, the Redskins are not giving up.
The Redskins look unstoppable as Case Keenum takes the team down the field with series of passes that include 5 for exactly 10-yards apiece. Keenum hits Terry McLaurin for a touchdown from the 15. The Redskins 2-point conversion fails. Bears are up, 28-9.
The Bears drive again, but Trubisky tosses one a little short from the 7 for Allen Robinson and Josh Norman snags an interception right in front of the end zone. The Redskins take over from the 3-yard line. Keenum puts together a 97-yard drive that he finishes off with a pass to Paul Richardson from the 3. After the Redskins miss another 2-point conversion, the Bears are up, 28-15.
After a quick series by the Bears, Keenum put together a long drive but stalls out on the Chicago 16. On 4th and 2 yards, a desperate Case Keenum attempts to jump over the line holding the ball out in front of him. Danny Trevathon forces a fumble that is recovered by Eddie Jackson.
Coach Naggy looking to use up some clock, calls for 8 rushes with just 1 pass on a drive that gets the Bears within field goal range. Pineiro connects on a 38-yard attempt and the Bears lead, 31-15, with under 2 minutes.
The Bears make it difficult for the Redskins to advance the ball and the game ends with a Nick Williams sack.
Trubisky was 25 for 31 with a completion percentage of 80.65. He had 3 touchdown passes and 1 interception with a 116.5 rating according to Pro Football Reference (https://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/T/TrubMi00.htm). Not a bad outing by any measure.
The Bears play a very good Vikings team this Sunday. The Vikings lost to the Packers, 21-16, but it could have gone either way. The Vikings had a 45 yard rushing touchdown and a 45 yard passing touchdown in the second half of the Packers game. The Packers are 3-0, the Bears are 2-1, the Vikings are 2-1, and the Lions are 2-0-1. It should be a good year in the NFC North!