The Chicago Defense was Rough and Rowdy per Usual as the Chicago Bears Overpower the Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football.
The Bears' Best Offense is its Defense
The 718th airing of Monday Night Football began, and the Chicago offense was off to a slow start. A 9-play drive ended in a sack before the Bears had to punt it away to the home team. However, the Monsters of the Midway weren't shying away from putting the ball into the end-zone. Just three plays into the first half, Case Keenum tossed a pass deep and to the left and was intercepted by HaHa Clinton-Dix, who returned the ball 37 yards for a Bears Touchdown.
The Chicago defense would proceed to come away with 5 takeaways, with 3 coming in the first half. Case Keenum accounted for all 5 of these (3 INTs & 2 FUM).
While watching this Chicago team, it seems as though all of the firepower is coming on the defensive side of the ball. Well, almost all of it; Throughout the remainder of the first half, the offense was determined to finish drives.
Trubisky to Gabriel, Trubisky to Gabriel, TRUBISKY TO GABRIEL
After two punts, the Bears next three drives resulted in touchdowns and all three of these were Trubisky touchdown passes to Slot WR Taylor Gabriel, who was his to be his favorite target throughout the contest. The first two were easy throws for Trubisky to make to the speedster. The last one was a beautiful ball, deep and to the right side of the field and Redskins CB Josh Norman had no chance to defend it.
Washington claws back, but it's not enough
The Redskins outscored the Bears 15-3 in the second half, but it was not enough to overcome the dominating first half the Bears displayed. The Redskins also ended up out-gaining the Bears by over 50 yards, though you would not guess it by how much it felt like Chicago dominated the game.
Key Takeaways for both teams
The offense needs more production: We all know the Bears can lean on their defense, but how much they can is a better question. The Redskins are clearly a struggling football team, and the Bears Offense has to have more production going forward if they want to live up to the expectations they have for their team.
Mitch is gaining confidence: If you are a Bears fan, regardless of how good the offense looked throughout the entirety of the game, it must have been nice to see Trubisky gaining some confidence and finding his guys--or should I say 1 guy--in the end zone.
It may be time to give Haskins a shot: We all know first-round draft pick Dwayne Haskins will play at some point this season, it is just a matter of when. It may be sooner rather than later after seeing the lack of production from QB Case Keenum.
Washington has some serious playmakers: Rookie WR Terry McLaurin was open all night as he caught 6 balls for 70 yards and a TD. Redskins receivers combined for over 330 yards through the air, which is not a small task against likely the best defense in the NFL.
The Bears return home to face NFC North Rival, the Minnesota Vikings (2-1). They will look to get their first divisional win against a team who shares in common the same record and a loss to the Green Bay Packers (3-0).
Washington will also play a divisional game against the New York Giants (1-2), a team excited about their rookie quarterback, Daniel Jones. The Redskins will look to get their first win of the year and who knows, maybe we will get to see the two rookie QBs in action on Sunday if they feel Dwayne Haskins is ready.
WHY FOOTBALL IS COOL
When I write, I always ask myself a simple question: Why am I writing? My initial answer is always the same. I write because I get to write about football, and football is awesome!
So, I've decided to start including stories about players, fans, or any other narrative that proves how great the sport is.
The story that stood out to me last night was hearing about the trials and tribulations of Bears WR Taylor Gabriel. Gabriel grew up in Mesquite, TX, which is east of Dallas. When he was just 15, his mother suffered a brain aneurysm. After this, Gabriel quit football with no intentions to return. However, he ended up finding a will to play harder than ever and had a great High School Football career. Although, his SAT scores were not up to par and he was unable to receive a Division-I scholarship. He went on to play at Abilene Christian where he finished second in school history in receptions and racked up over 3,000 receiving yards and 27 TDs. He then lodged his way into the NFL as an un-drafted free agent and has not looked back. Last night, he accounted for all 3 of the Bears' offensive TDs and is seemingly QB Mitch Trubisky's favorite target.
This is why football is cool; Stories like this one get brought up and I feel humbled when I hear them.
No Shenanigans, Just Football.