The Washington Redskins were slaughtered by the Chicago Bears on Monday night, by a score of 31-15.
For the third week in a row, the Redskins gave up 30+ points, however this time it was against one of the worst offenses in the league.
“We’ve got talent, we have to coach them up better,” said Washington’s head coach Jay Gruden. “We have to play better, we have to be more balanced and protect the ball.”
After starting the season 0-3, maybe it’s time for Gruden to give reporters the answers they want to hear. Weak responses like the above one are the reason why Redskins fans want to see a multitude of changes.
Mitchell Trubisky Torched the Redskins’ Defense
Entering Week 3, Bears’ QB Mitchell Trubisky averaged 174 yards per game, per Pro Football Reference. In addition, the Bears had only scored a single touchdown before Monday night’s game. It’s safe to say that this would’ve been the Redskins’ best chance of winning yet.
Despite a few sparks from Washington’s defensive line, Trubisky and the Bears picked apart the Redskins all night long. Before halftime, Trubisky had completed 20 of 23 passes for 173 yards and three touchdowns, helping the Bears go ahead 28-3. His favorite target was Taylor Gabriel, who finished the game with six catches for 75 yards and three touchdowns.
ESPN’s MNF broadcast flashed a statistic on the screen during the game, which stated the Bears had scored touchdowns on three straight drives, while only producing one in their previous 24 drives.
Case Keenum Crumbled in the Spotlight
It’s no secret the Washington Redskins are one of the worst teams in the NFL when playing in prime time situations. Before the game on Monday, the Redskins were 6-23 all-time on Monday Night Football. This bad luck seemed to rub off on Case Keenum, as he simply could not do anything right against Chicago.
Keenum was one of the few bright spots on the Redskins heading into Monday’s game, however that quickly changed in just the first half alone. Through eight quarters, he had no interceptions, but in just the first half on Monday, Keenum threw two interceptions and lost one fumble. In fact, his first interception was a pick-six to former Redskin Haha Clinton-Dix. Clinton-Dix finished the day with two interceptions, the latter coming in the second half.
For the Redskins, there really wasn’t much to talk about. With Keenum playing so loose with the football, it was hard for their offense to get anything going. Keenum did finish the game with two touchdowns and over 300 yards passing, but the five total turnovers are the only things that matter. Also, the running game remained stagnant, as the team finished with just 69 yards on the ground.
The only hope remaining on this Redskins’ offense is rookie WR Terry McLaurin. For the third game in a row, McLaurin hauled in a touchdown pass. He also racked up 70 yards off six catches, keeping him as Washington’s leading receiver with 257 on the season.
Every Game is Now a Must-Win Game
Week 3 had already been considered a must-win game for the Redskins, but at 0-3, they now have no choice but to take it one game at a time. Next week, the Redskins will travel to play the New York Giants and their new QB Daniel Jones. Jones notably helped the Giants come from behind against the Buccaneers in Week 3, securing a win in his first career start in the NFL. If the Redskins can come away with a win in the Meadowlands, some hope can be salvaged from this rough start to the season. However, dropping to 0-4 would definitely be cause for panic.
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