The Expectant Resurgence: Bears-Redskins Recap
The Bears prevailed in a much-needed bounce-back game on Monday Night Football, but they will have a tough test ahead when the Vikings come to town.
Finally, Bears fans, we have a solid outing from every phase of the game and the offense actually looked strong! I’m not going to go as far as saying their offense is “back,” but it definitely looks like it’s on the right track.
The first drive saw Mitchell Trubisky only throw one bad ball to Tarik Cohen, who just couldn’t hang on. The Redskins next drive was threatening until Ha Ha Clinton-Dix picked off Case Keenum and took it to the house for a Bears pick-six touchdown!
Bears lead 7-0.
Later, the Bears got badly dragged down to their own one-yard line. It was awful close to a safety, and it was a terrible decision by Trubisky to not throw the ball away. They couldn’t get anything going on this drive and punted away to Washington.
The Bears’ Danny Trevathan jumped on a loose fumble but the play was negated due to a really poor call from the referees of illegal hands to the face on Prince Amukamara. This call had me screaming! The referees were piss-poor on this one, costing the Bears a takeaway.
The second quarter had the Redskins driving into the red zone when Trevathan sacked Keenum and knocked them further out of field goal range. Dustin Hopkins attempted a field goal, but he missed!
On the next offensive drive, the Bears got down to the three-yard line and Trubisky hit a wide-open Taylor Gabriel for a touchdown. Eddy Pineiro banged home the extra point and the Bears were up 14-0.
On the next Redskins offensive drive, Khalil Mack stripped the football and Akiem Hicks recovered it. The Bears took over and drove to the one-yard line, where Trubisky found Taylor Gabriel for another touchdown! It was a great throw from Trubisky to put the Bears up 21-0.
The next Redskins possession ended with a beautiful Kyle Fuller interception. Back on offense, Trubisky delivered a beautiful throw to Gabriel (starting to sound like a broken record here, and that’s alright) for their third touchdown of the first half!
Trubisky ended the first half 20/23 for 173 yards and three touchdowns. The Redskins kicked a field goal to close out the half with the Bears leading 28-3.
Washington opened the second half with possession of the ball and for some odd reason, Keenum threw it straight back to Ha Ha Clinton-Dix who returned it deep into Redskin territory. The Bears then went three-and-out followed by a Pineiro miss, which was his first of the year. This was going to happen eventually, Bears fans, so there is no need to panic. We still have a kicker and no one is perfect. Washington then put together a drive that ended in a 15-yard touchdown to Terry McLaurin. They went for the two-point conversion but failed.
During the fourth quarter, the Bears took the foot off the gas a bit, got lazy with their coverage, and let Paul Richardson score a wide-open touchdown.
There was some bad news to report during the final frame as well: Akiem Hicks left with a knee injury and Taylor Gabriel suffered a concussion. Neither player returned to the game.
The game ended after a 38-yard field goal from Pineiro and a feeble attempt at a Washington comeback.
The Bears won by a final score of 31-15. They move to 2-1 on the season and will face an intimidating Vikings run game next week. Trubisky ended the night 25/31 for 231 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception. David Montgomery had a fairly quiet night, only taking thirteen carries for 67 yards. Going forward this season, the Bears offense has to get the run game going much more effectively. They won’t do very well against legitimate defenses if they are a one-dimensional offense.
The star of the game was Taylor Gabriel, who recorded six receptions for 75 yards and three touchdowns! Hopefully, he clears the concussion protocol quickly and doesn’t have lingering symptoms — the Bears need him badly. The defense caused chaos all night, recording three interceptions and two fumble recoveries. That being said, the Bears will be going up against a dangerous Vikings offense next week. They still have work to do, and the season is still very young. It was a nice bounce-back game from the offense, and the defense looked to be in top form. The special teams held their own as well, as they didn’t lose the game for them. There is a massive NFC North showdown this Sunday when the Bears host the Vikings at Soldier Field. It will surely be a tough test for both squads.
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