NFL Game Recap - Chicago at Washington
Mon Sep 23, 2019 8:15 PM EDT

TEN
7
JAX
20
F
DET
27
PHI
24
F
NYJ
14
NE
30
F
OAK
14
MIN
34
F
BAL
28
KC
33
F
ATL
24
IND
27
F
DEN
16
GB
27
F
MIA
6
DAL
31
F
CIN
17
BUF
21
F
NYG
32
TB
31
F
CAR
38
ARI
20
F
NO
33
SEA
27
F
PIT
20
SF
24
F
HOU
27
LAC
20
F
LAR
20
CLE
13
F
CHI
31
WAS
15
F

Sep 23, 2019, 8:15 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Chicago (2-1)

7

21

0

3

31

Washington (0-3)

0

3

6

6

15

Trubisky, Bears get offense on track, beat Redskins 31-15
Tue Sep 24, 2019 3:27 AM

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) After the Chicago Bears' offense was slow to get going this season, Mitchell Trubisky was excited to speed things up.

Trubisky and the Bears used a no-huddle, hurry-up tempo to snap out of their offensive funk and score 28 first-half points on the way to beating the Washington Redskins 31-15 Monday night. After no passing touchdowns the first two games of the year, Trubisky connected with Taylor Gabriel on three of them in the second quarter alone.

The 2017 second overall pick looked at ease with a fast-paced approach and picked apart Washington's porous defense on 25 of 31 passing for 231 yards. It was the offensive explosion Trubisky predicted would happen this week.

"It just felt like the tempo helped us out a little bit," Trubisky said. "If everyone just continues to stick together and execute our plays and believe and just go out there and make plays, it'll be a fun offense."

Chicago (2-1) had just a 1-yard touchdown run to show for its first two games, and Trubisky entered the night with a completion percentage of 58.3 and ranked near the bottom of the league in yards per attempt. Facing the Redskins (0-3) brought out some of the best in Trubisky.

"Hat's off to him," said Washington linebacker Cole Holcomb, who was roommates with Trubisky at North Carolina. "I always knew he was a good quarterback. He struggled a little bit, but he came out and he played a good game."

Trubisky had 173 yards in the first half alone before throwing an interception at the goal line in the third quarter.

With scores of 1, 3 and 36 yards, Gabriel joined Mike Ditka in 1963 as the only Bears receivers with three TD catches in the first half of a game. Gabriel made six catches for 75 yards before leaving in the second half with a concussion.

The Bears took advantage of five turnovers by Redskins quarterback Case Keenum: two interceptions by Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, including a pick six, another by Kyle Fuller and fumbles forced by Khalil Mack and Danny Trevathan.

"That's all me," said Keenum, who was 30 of 43 for 331 yards and two touchdowns that didn't compensate for the turnovers. "Turn it over that many times as a quarterback, I let my team down. It's all on me. I take complete responsibility. I have to take care of the ball better."

With the offense up to the defense's speed in the first half, Chicago put up 28 points in two quarters after scoring a total of 19 the past two weeks, 12 of which came on field goals from Eddy Pineiro.

Mack had two of the Bears' four sacks to continue a dominant start by the defense that didn't give up a Washington TD until midway through the third quarter. Keenum's two TD passes came long after fans chanted for rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins and booed the Redskins off the field at halftime.

NOW WHAT?

Washington's defense that wilted in the second half of its first two losses had few answers for Trubisky all game Monday. Eight days after coach Jay Gruden said, "I don't think we have to push the panic button yet," some significant changes could be coming soon.

Before Gruden's job security is really in question, defensive coordinator Greg Manusky looks like the logical target as the first coach to take the fall. Washington's defense ranked in 21st and 17th in the NFL in Manusky's first two seasons in charge and is on pace to finish worse than that this year.

"We've got some talent," Gruden said. "We've just got to coach 'em up better, play better, be more balanced, protect the football. And defensively, stay after it."

The "Let's go Haskins" chants notwithstanding, the Redskins are far more likely to turn to longtime backup Colt McCoy if they make a change at the position. McCoy is working toward being healthy again nine months after breaking his right leg.

HA HA GETS LAST LAUGH

When the Redskins signed former New York Giants safety Landon Collins, it effectively spelled the end of their chances of re-signing Clinton-Dix, a trade acquisition last year from Green Bay who played nine games for them. Clinton-Dix made his old team pay with a first quarter interception he returned 37 yards for his first career touchdown.

Clinton-Dix for good measure picked off Keenum in the third quarter and returned it 59 yards.

JUST FOR KICKS

Pineiro, who was questionable because of a knee injury suffered while lifting weights, missed a 44-yard field goal attempt in the third quarter and was good from 38 yards in the fourth. "Eddy Money" was 4 of 4 going into the night, including a 53-yard game-winner at Denver in Week 2.

MONDAY NIGHT SADNESS

The Redskins lost their eighth consecutive Monday night game, tying for the second-longest streak in league history. They've now lost 17 of their past 18 Monday night home games.

INJURIES

Bears: DT Akiem Hicks left early in the fourth quarter with a knee injury. ... RT Bobby Massie was a surprise scratch with what coach Matt Nagy called "a small case of vertigo." ... DE Bilal Nichols was out with a broken hand.

Redskins: TE Jordan Reed (concussion) missed a third consecutive game, and CB Quinton Dunbar (knee) was out for the second week in a row.

UP NEXT

Bears: Host former Redskins QB Kirk Cousins and the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.

Redskins: Look to avoid an 0-4 start when they visit Daniel Jones and the New York Giants on Sunday.

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Passing

CHI Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat Sk
M. Trubisky 31 25 80.6 3 231 36 1 116.5 3
WAS Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat Sk
C. Keenum 43 30 69.8 2 332 33 3 78.8 4

Rushing

CHI Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
D. Montgomery 13 67 5.2 25 0
C. Patterson 4 14 3.5 7 0
WAS Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
A. Peterson 12 37 3.1 7 0
C. Thompson 7 29 4.1 11 0

Receiving

CHI Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
T. Gabriel 6 75 12.5 36 3
A. Robinson II 6 60 10.0 14 0
WAS Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
P. Richardson Jr. 8 83 10.4 22 1
C. Thompson 4 79 19.8 33 0

Team Stats Comparison

CHI WAS
Points For 31 15
Total Yards 298 356
Rushing Yards 90 69
Passing Yards 208 287
Passing Completions / Attempts 25/31 30/43
Turnovers 1 5
Interceptions Thrown 1 3
Fumbles - Lost 0/0 3/2
First Downs 21 25
Rushing Touchdowns 0 0
Passing Touchdowns 3 2
Penalties - Yards 9/59 9/61
Time Of Possession 31:36 28:24
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 8/13 3/9
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/0 2/3
Red Zone Conversions/Attempts 2/3 2/5
Sacks Against 3 4
Punts - Average Yards 3/47 1/48
Punt Returns - Average Yards/Punt Return 1/3 2/8
Kickoff Returns - Average Yards/Kickoff Return 2/26 3/34

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter CHI WAS
CHI 5:18 TD Ha Ha Clinton-Dix 37 yd interception return (Eddy Pineiro kick) 7 0
2nd Quarter CHI WAS
CHI 8:00 TD Taylor Gabriel 3 yd pass from Mitchell Trubisky (Eddy Pineiro kick) 14 0
CHI 9:18 TD Taylor Gabriel 1 yd pass from Mitchell Trubisky (Eddy Pineiro kick) 21 0
CHI 14:17 TD Taylor Gabriel 36 yd pass from Mitchell Trubisky (Eddy Pineiro kick) 28 0
WAS 15:00 FG Dustin Hopkins 35 yd FG 28 3
3rd Quarter CHI WAS
WAS 8:21 TD Terry McLaurin 15 yd pass from Case Keenum (failed 2pt Pass from Case Keenum) 28 9
4th Quarter CHI WAS
WAS 1:49 TD Paul Richardson Jr. 2 yd pass from Case Keenum (failed 2pt Pass from Case Keenum) 28 15
CHI 13:10 FG Eddy Pineiro 38 yd FG 31 15

Game Information

Stadium: FedEx Field, Landover, Maryland
Attendance: 67,327
Game Time: 3:05
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