The Bears are riding high after their first win of the season versus Vic Fangio and the stingy early season Broncos. While the performance of Mitchell Trubisky & the offense left fans yearning for more, the Bears found a way to escape with a victory despite playing in a place that boasts some of the toughest conditions the NFL has to offer. On the road once again in week 3, the Bears offense should be able to find their groove against a Washington Redskins team that has struggled thus far in 2019.

Per NFL.com, the Redskins defense is currently ranked; 30th in total yards per game (455.0), 29th in yards per play (6.7), 29th in 1st downs per game (23.5), 25th in passing yards per game (287.0), tied for 2nd in most passing touchdowns given up (6), 31st in rushing yards per game (168.0) and tied for 26th in yards per carry (5.2).

While many of the Redskins defensive stars such as Josh Norman have struggled thus far in 2019, many of their troubles on that side of the ball can be attributed to injuries. As of Friday, defensive end Jonathon Allen and corners Quinton Dunbar and Fabian Moreau are all listed as questionable but it seems that Allen will be good to go. If neither Dunbar nor Moreau are able to suit up, Washington will be forced to turn to either 7th round rookie Jimmy Moreland or former Jacksonville Jaguar, Aaron Colvin.

Many are drawing parallels between this game and the Bears 48-10 victory over Tampa Bay in 2018, and in some ways, they’re right. Last season, Trubisky largely struggled through the first 3 weeks of the season before finally slinging the ball around for 354 yards and 6 touchdowns versus the Buccaneers. If Trubisky is to get back on track in 2019, there is perhaps no better matchup for him than the Redskins.

Facing criticism from national media and fans alike, the former 2nd overall pick could use a dose of confidence that will at least propel him back to last year’s form. Judging from Trubisky’s press conference Thursday, he believes the offense is close. “We have that belief within our offense, and it’s just the type of guys we have around us. I’m always going to stay positive and believe that the next game is going to be our best game. And those guys believe that too.”

In week 2, the Bears gave rookie running back David Montgomery a full workload (18 attempts 62 yards 1 touchdown) after only giving him 6 carries in week 1 versus the Packers. While he was able to find some success in Denver, he should be able to hit the ground running even harder this week. Washington has given up the 3rd most rushing yards thus far this season. With the Bears looking to solve their issues in the passing game, a good ground game could be the key to opening up the rest of the offense.

On the defensive side of the ball, the Bears should continue to dominate, especially in the running game. Although the Redskins have played stout defensive fronts in the Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys, they are still averaging just 2.5 yards per carry (Per NFL.com). The Bears will also meet with a familiar face in future Hall of Famer, Adrian Peterson. Peterson, now 34 years old, has run for 1,562 yards against the Bears, the 2nd most versus any team he’s squared off against (Per Cam Ellis of NBC Sports Chicago). Now in the twilight of his career, he will certainly find a more difficult time against Khalil Mack and company this Monday night.

PREDICTION:

The Bears will come into FedEx Field as a 4 point favorite with the o/u sitting at 41.0, just a point higher than last week’s matchup in Denver. While there has been chatter that this could be the offensive explosion the team is looking for, I have found myself more on the conservative side. While I do believe that the Bears will try to come out and throw the ball down field more right away, we may not see that 300 yard, 3 touchdown game that fans are hoping for. Right now, I am looking at Trubisky to accumulate around 230-250 yards or so and a touchdown to top it off. After the first two weeks, this would surely be a step in the right direction for the young quarterback’s confidence. On the defensive side, the only way I can see Washington moving the ball is if they execute the short passing game to a T. Even then their offense might still not score 14 points. Final Score: Bears 23, Redskins 13.

 The Chicago Bears (1-1) will take on the Washington Redskins (0-2) at 7:15 CST on September 23rd on ESPN. The Redskins currently lead the all-time series holding a 22-20-1 record. Per Daniel Greenberg on twitter (@ChiSportUpdates), the Bears have lost their last seven games to the Redskins, which is their longest active losing streak against any NFL team, with their last victory coming in 2003.