The 5-7 Washington Redskins travel to Chicago to take on the 5-7 Bears this Sunday a week after both of these teams suffered disappointing losses. The Redskins lost to the Dallas Cowboys 19-16 on a last minute field goal. The Cowboys scored their only touchdown after Desean Jackson fumbled a punt return with 90 seconds left at his own 7 yard line. The Bears lost 26-20 to the San Francisco 49ers in overtime after blowing a 7 point 4th quarter lead and kicker Robbie Gould missed 2 field goals.
The Redskins offense struggled last week as they were only able to rush for 73 yards on 26 carries and scored its lone touchdown with a minute left in the 4th quarter. Kirk Cousins was efficient as he completed 22 of 31 passes for 219 yards and a touchdown without throwing an interception. His favorite target was Desean Jackson who caught 6 passes for 80 yards and the only touchdown. The offensive line didn’t help him as they allowed Cousins to be sacked 3 times for a loss of 24 yards. Matt Jones led the team in rush yards with 49 on 18 carries. Kicker Dustin Hopkins missed a 43 yard field goal in the 4th quarter which would have extended the Washington’s lead from 3 to 6 points. Defensively, they played well as they were able to force 3 turnovers and had 6 tackles for losses. They kept the cowboys out of the end zone until the final minute of the game when the botched punt allowed Dallas to start their drive in the red zone.
Chicago made crucial mistakes at inopportune times in last week’s loss to San Francisco. Kicker Robbie Gould missed 2 field goals in this game including a 36 yarder with 2 minutes left that would have given the Bears the lead. Jay Cutler also threw a pick six in the first quarter which tied the game at 6. Overall Cutler was 18 for 31 for 202 yards and 0 touchdowns. His favorite target was Alshon Jeffrey who had 4 receptions for 85 yards. They had success running the ball as they gained 170 yards on 42 carries. Matt Forte led the way with 84 yards on 21 carries. Defensively, they were able to sack Blaine Gabbert 4 times for a loss of 26 yards and were able to contain him until the very end of the game. They allowed Gabbert to tie the score on a 44 yard rushing touchdown with 90 seconds remaining in regulation and gave up a 71 yard touchdown reception on the very first play of overtime.
Chicago is 7-5 this year against the spread but only 2-4 at home. Washington is 5-7 against the spread but only 1-4 on the road. Chicago has home field advantage and is favored by a field goal. Even though they have identical records the Redskins play in a weaker division and are tied for first place in the NFC East while the Bears are currently in third place in the tougher NFC North.
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