The Week 3 Monday Night Football matchup features a pair of long-time rivals in the NFC. The Chicago Bears will be in Washington, DC, on Monday night for a date with the Washington Redskins. Chicago has its sights set on a second straight playoff run this season, while the Redskins are worried about their 2020 draft selection.
The Bears come into this game with a record of 1-1, and it has been an interesting year for the defending NFC North champions. Chicago suffered a miserable 10-3 loss to the Packers in Week 1 but earned a heart-stopping 16-14 win over the Denver Broncos in Week 2.
Washington comes into this game with a record of 0-2, although both losses have been close. The Redskins have lost a pair of games to the Cowboys and Eagles this season. The Chicago Bears are four-point favorites in this game.
Bears Need More From Trubisky
If the Chicago Bears are going to win this game, Mitchell Trubisky is going to have to play much better. Trubisky has thrown for just 348 yards this season and has completed just over 58 percent of his pass attempts. Rookie running back David Montgomery found the end zone in Week 2 but is averaging just 40 rushing yards per contest. The Bears have plenty of weapons on offense, but they have looked out of sorts this season.
The Bears were the best defensive team in the NFL a season ago, and they have been terrific so far this season. Chicago has forced just one turnover so far in 2019, but that number is expected to go up in the coming weeks. The Bears have racked up seven sacks so far this season, and they are not afraid to come on the blitz. Linebacker Roquan Smith has a team-high 18 tackles this season and looks like a future star in the NFL.
Redskins Defense Taking Huge Step Back
The Washington Redskins were a great defensive team a season ago as well, but they have struggled in 2019. Washington has given up 31.5 points per game this season, and they have been burned by the deep pass. The Bears likely won’t challenge Washington with the deep ball, but they do have some explosive players in space. The Redskins will need to put up a low number in this game.
Quarterback Case Keenum is actually having a pretty solid season in running the Washington Redskins offense. Keenum has thrown for over 300 yards per game and has given his team a chance to win each weekend. The Redskins have just 75 total rushing yards this season, and that is a huge problem. Washington must find some balance on the offensive side of the ball to win this game.
Bears Pick Up Huge Road Win
The Chicago Bears have not played up to their potential yet this season, but there is no doubt that the talent is there. Chicago has been terrific on defense in each of its first two games, and that won’t change in this one. Look for Trubisky and the Bears offense to finally score some points in this one. Washington is going to have a long year, and they are going to bet blown out on Monday Night Football. Bet the Chicago Bears -4.0 over the Washington Redskins in this one.