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Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky will not get a better opportunity to put his money where his mouth is when his side faces the Redskins at FedExField on Monday.
David Montgomery’s one-yard effort remains the Trubisky-led offense’s solitary touchdown over the first two games. The side has struggled because their signal caller has struggled, completing just 42 of his 72 attempted passes for a mere 348 yards.
For a side that breezed through the regular season last year and, at 12-4, finished just one shy of the league-best record, this is quite surprising.
While critics may be getting ready to count the Bears out already, Mr. Biscuit on Thursday insisted that his side’s sputtering offense can “explode” into life. Coach Matt Nagy, too, maintains that the team is not doing anything different from last year and is confident that his charges will eventually turn things around.
Against Washington in the capital — hyperbole aside — Trubisky and the Bears can indeed explode into action. Why? Let us explain.
Chicago (1-1) have been much maligned due to their lackluster offense. But much to their relief, their Monday night opponents have been just as bad on defense, not to mention winless and dealing with a plethora of injuries.
Surprisingly, or unsurprisingly (whichever way you prefer), the chants blaring out of the Redskins camp are not much different. Their coach Jay Gruden is also refusing to throw in the towel or even ready to acknowledge that his team is in a real tough spot, what with injuries to cornerbacks Fabian Moreau and Quinton Dunbar as well as defensive lineman Jonathan Allen.
But while the Bears’ optimism makes some sense, the Redskins’ simply doesn’t. The injury-depleted Washington defense is struggling to contain offenses as games progress and their legs get weary — a fact signified by the combined 569 yards they have conceded in the second periods of their 32-27 and 31-21 defeats to the Eagles and the Cowboys in Week 1 and 2 respectively.
Like the Bears, the Redskins too are struggling to pinpoint what exactly is going wrong for them apart from the many injuries. Defensive tackle Tim Settle believes the players need to communicate better, while linebacker Jon Bostic is of the opinion that their defense is currently lacking “cohesion” — both vague, generic takes.
Redskins vs Bears Betting Prediction:
As much as the Bears are labouring on offense, they are doing fine when the roles get reversed. With new coordinator Chuck Pagano calling the shots, Chicago are the league’s fourth-best defense right now and have had seven sacks over the first two games. They’ve got one problem area, the Redskins have God knows many.
The suggested play here is to back Chicago Bears -4 @ -105 via PointsBet.
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