WASHINGTON (1-4) at CHICAGO (2-3)
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BET LINE: Bears by 1, according to .
AGAINST THE SPREAD: Commanders 1-4, Bears 2-2-1.
SERIES RECORD: Commanders lead 26-24-1.
LAST MEETING: The Bears defeated the Commanders 31-15, Sept. 23, 2019, in Landover, Md.
LAST WEEK: Commanders lost to Titans 21-17; The Bears lost to the Vikings 29-22.
COMMANDERS OFFENSE: GLOBAL (19), RUSH (28), PASS (10), SCORING (26).
DEFENSE OF COMMANDERS: GENERAL (17t), RUSH (14), PASS (19), SCORING (25t).
OFFENSIVE BEAR: OVERALL (31), RUSH (5), PASS (32), SCORING (27t).
BEAR DEFENSE: GENERAL (22), RUSH (31), PASS (9), SCORING (15).
REVENUE DIFFERENTIAL: Majors minus-7; Bear even.
COMMANDERS PLAYER TO WATCH: Rookie RB Brian Robinson is playing his second game in five days, less than seven weeks after being shot twice in the right leg during a robbery attempt. He had nine carries for 22 rushing yards in his NFL debut against Tennessee on Sunday. With run-pass balance becoming one of Washington’s biggest issues, expect a bigger workload for Alabama’s third-round pick, who impressed in training camp and preseason action and was to be the starter before filming.
BEARS PLAYER TO WATCH: QB Justin Fields. Fields finally showed signs of progress last week as he adjusts to his second offense in as many NFL seasons. The former Ohio State star completed 15 of 21 passes while setting career highs in completion rate (71.4%) and passer rating (118.8) against Minnesota. He threw for a season-high 208 yards and a touchdown.
KEY MATCH: Bears DE Robert Quinn against commanders LT Charles Leno. Quinn, who set a franchise record with 18 1/2 sacks last season, has just one. It may be a chance to get started, facing a former Bear.
KEY INJURIES: QB Carson Wentz was restricted to training with a sore right shoulder but played down any concerns about the injury. …Rookie WR Jahan Dotson will miss a second straight game with a hamstring injury. … TE Logan Thomas did not train on Tuesday due to a calf injury and was also ruled out with CB William Jackson (back). … The Bears’ secondary numbers to get a big boost, with CB Jaylon Johnson (quadruple) is expected to return after missing three straight games. … WR N’Keal Harry (high ankle sprain) was called up from injured reserve on Monday.
Game Notes SERIES
Chicago had lost seven straight to Washington before winning in 2019. … Commanders coach Ron Rivera played his entire nine-year NFL career as a linebacker for the Bears from 1984 to 1992. He played in the three games for the 1985 Bears in their championship run and was the defensive coordinator for the 2006 team that qualified for the Super Bowl.
STATS AND ITEMS: The Commanders have lost four straight since beating Jacksonville in their season opener. … They went 1 of 11 on third down in Week 5 against the Titans. … Wentz threw for 10 touchdowns and six interceptions in his first five games with Washington. He threw an interception with 6 seconds left just outside the end zone last week to seal the loss against Tennessee. Wentz has been sacked 20 times, behind Matt Stafford and the Rams Colts matt ryan (21 each). … Washington had just 12 transfers to a running back in the Titans game, compared to more than 40 throwbacks by Wentz. … sophomore WR Dynami Brown caught his first two touchdown passes in the NFL last week – receptions for 75 and 30 yards. … COs forced turnover to league lows. … Washington’s five sacks against the Titans were the team’s most since they had five against the Titans. New York Giants November 8, 2020. Edge rusher Climb Sweatshirt had two. … Leno played his first seven professional seasons for the Bears before releasing him in May 2021. … The Bears scored 19 unanswered points to take a 22-21 lead last week and were driving after a late touchdown executed by Kirk Cousins. ancient viking Ihmir Smith-Marsette failed to get out of bounds and was stripped by the cornerback Cameron Dantzler Sr.. at Minnesota 39 after a 15-yard reception, sealing Chicago’s loss. … The Bears’ 787 yards in the first five weeks are the most for Chicago since the 1990 team had 835. … LB Roquan-Smith is tied for the NFL lead with 54 tackles. …S Eddie Jackson is tied for second in the league with three steals. …WR Darnell Mooney has six receptions for 146 yards in the past two games. He had four catches for 27 yards in the first three games.