The Week Ahead: Bears prep to visit Redskins

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Four days after their thrilling comeback win over the Broncos, the Bears return to the practice field Thursday to resume preparing for Monday night’s road game against the Washington Redskins.

After a season-opening loss to the Packers, the Bears evened their record at 1-1 last Sunday with a thrilling 16-14 victory in Denver. The Broncos took a 14-13 lead on a touchdown and two-point conversion with :31 remaining in regulation, but Mitchell Trubisky’s 25-yard completion to Allen Robinson on fourth-and-15 set up Eddy Pineiro’s 53-yard field goal as time expired.

The Redskins (0-2) have opened the season by losing to the Eagles 32-27 on the road and the Cowboys 31-21 at home. Last season the Redskins finished in third place in the NFC East with a 7-9 record.

• Prime-time players: The Bears are scheduled to play five prime-time games in 2019, but their contest in Washington is their only appearance on Monday Night Football. The Bears and Redskins have met 50 times in a series dating back to 1932, but this is their first ever matchup on MNF. Last season the Bears won their only Monday night game, beating the Seahawks 24-17 on Sept. 17 at Soldier Field.

• Something has to give: The Bears have lost their last seven games to the Redskins, their longest active skid against any NFL team. The Bears last beat the Redskins in 2003, 27-24 at Soldier Field. Their last win in Washington came in 2001, 20-15. 

The Redskins, on the other hand, are 1-16 in Monday night home games since 1998. Their only win during that span was a 17-16 victory over the Giants in 2012. Washington has dropped seven straight Monday night games overall.

• Road warriors: The Bears have won three straight road games and five of their last six away from Soldier Field.

• Storyline of the week: Is this the week the offense gets back on track? The Bears have mustered just one touchdown in their first two games and are tied for 30th in the NFL in scoring with 19 points. The Redskins are tied for 30th in points allowed with 63 points. 

• Series history: The Bears trail the all-time series 26-23-1. They lost the last meeting between the clubs 41-21 on Dec. 24, 2016 at Soldier Field. Kirk Cousins passed for 270 yards and one touchdown and rushed for two more TDs. Matt Barkley countered with 323 yards and two touchdowns, but he threw interceptions on the Bears’ first four possessions of the second half and five overall.

• Statistically speaking: The Bears enter Week 3 ranked 30th in offense in the NFL (18th rushing and 28th passing) and 4th in defense (tied for 6th against the run and 12th versus the pass. The Redskins rank 25th in offense (30th rushing and 10th passing) and 30th in defense (31st against the run and 25th versus the pass).

• Talk show: Coach Matt Nagy will address the media Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky will speak Thursday, while offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich, defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano and special-teams coordinator Chris Tabor will talk Friday.

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