Bears’ pick-six sets the tone (9:42 First Quarter): Safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix had a forgettable nine games in Washington last season after being acquired in a midseason trade with the Packers. Picked up by the Bears in free agency, the former Alabama star, who didn’t have a single interception with Washington, picked off an overthrown Keenum pass on the Redskins’ first possession and returned it 37 yards for a touchdown. It was Keenum’s first interception of the season, and it was a sign of things to come.
Dustin Hopkins misses wide left (13:23 Second Quarter): Late in the first quarter, the Redskins caught a break when an illegal hands to the face penalty on Bears cornerback Prince Amukamara negated a sack-fumble by Khalil Mack. Washington would drive to the Chicago 11-yard line before a holding penalty on left tackle Donald Penn and a sack by Trevathan set up a 43-yard field goal attempt. Dustin Hopkins pulled it wide left, leaving Redskins Coach Jay Gruden in an apparent state of frustrated disbelief and allowing the Bears to maintain a 7-0 lead.
Mitchell Trubisky finally throws a TD pass (7:00 Second Quarter): Chicago capitalized on Hopkins’s miss with an 11-play, 67-yard drive that culminated in Mitchell Trubisky’s first touchdown pass of the season, a three-yard strike to Taylor Gabriel that made opposing quarterbacks 10 for 10 in the red zone against the Redskins’ defense this year. Trubisky bought time on the play by scrambling out of the pocket before finding Gabriel wide open on an underneath crossing route.
Khalil Mack registers a strip-sack (6:28 Second Quarter): The Redskins missed left tackle Trent Williams more than ever, as Mack was too much for Penn and the rest of the Washington offensive line to handle from the start. Mack wouldn’t be denied on Washington’s first play from scrimmage after the Bears took a 14-0 lead. He blew past Morgan Moses and got his hand on the football as a host of defenders converged on Keenum, causing a fumble that was recovered by defensive lineman Akiem Hicks. The turnover came one play after a 22-yard completion to rookie wide receiver Terry McLaurin was negated by an illegal shift on Steven Sims Jr.
Upon further review, Taylor Gabriel scores again (0:43 Second Quarter): Gabriel had two touchdown catches in 16 games last season. He surpassed that total and set a new career single-game high with three in the first half on Monday. Gabriel’s third score was a thing of beauty, as he beat Redskins cornerback Josh Norman and made a leaping grab just inside the pylon to give the Bears a 28-0 lead. Officials initially ruled that Gabriel failed to get both feet in bounds, but the call was overturned upon replay review.
Keenum’s night goes from bad to worse (12:35 Third Quarter): Keenum entered the game with five touchdown passes and zero interceptions through two weeks, and his efficiency was one of the primary reasons Washington was one of two teams without a turnover this season. Keenum was responsible for five turnovers against the Bears, including three interceptions. His third interception came on the Redskins’ first drive of the second half, when, in the face of more pressure, he forced an off-balance throw that sailed into the arms of Clinton-Dix.
Scary Terry scores again (6:39 Third Quarter): McLaurin has been one of the few bright spots for the Redskins this season, and that continued Monday. The third-round pick out of Ohio State made a 15-yard touchdown catch in traffic midway through the third quarter to cut the Chicago lead to 28-9. McLaurin, who finished with six catches for 70 yards and a touchdown, became the first player in NFL history with at least five catches and a touchdown catch in each of his first three games.
- Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, who entered the game without a touchdown pass this season, threw three in the first half while completing 20 of 23 passes for 173 yards. The third-year pro finished 25 for 31 for 231 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
- Redskins quarterback Case Keenum was responsible for five turnovers, including three interceptions. Former Washington safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix had two interceptions for the Bears.
- The Redskins allowed the Bears to convert eight of their 13 third down opportunities.
- Washington is 0-3 for the first time since 2013 and has lost eight straight games on “Monday Night Football.”
Bears extend lead: Eddy Pineiro kicked a 38-yard field goal to give Chicago a 16-point lead. (Bears 31, Redskins 15, 1:50 Fourth Quarter)
Case Keenum commits a costly turnover: After the defense forced a three-and-out, the Redskins were driving with the chance to make it a one-score game. On fourth-and-one from the Chicago 16-yard line, Case Keenum leaped and extended the ball beyond the line to gain. The play would’ve resulted in a touchdown had Redskins been at the goal line, but they weren’t, and Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan punched the ball loose. Eddie Jackson recovered Keenum’s fifth turnover of the game. (Bears 28, Redskins 15, Fourth Quarter)
Redskins battling back: Washington turned Josh Norman’s interception into points with a 12-play, 97-yard drive capped by Case Keenum’s short touchdown pass to Paul Richardson on fourth-and-goal. The Redskins’ two-point conversion attempt failed, as Keenum’s pass intended for Terry McLaurin sailed through the back of the end zone. (Bears 28, Redskins 15, 13:11 Fourth Quarter)
Josh Norman makes an interception at the goal line: Norman was beat for a touchdown late in the first half, but made a nice play on a full-extension interception of Mitchell Trubisky to spoil what looked to be another Chicago scoring drive. (Bears 28, Redskins 9, 3:18 Third Quarter)
Terry McLaurin scores for the third straight week: The third-round draft pick out of Ohio State has been one of the few bright spots for the Redskins this year. Midway through the third quarter, McLaurin made a difficult 15-yard touchdown catch between cornerback Buster Skrine and safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to cut into the Bears’ lead. Washington’s ensuing two-point conversion attempt failed when Case Keenum threw too low for Chris Thompson. (Bears 28, Redskins 9, 6:39 Third Quarter)
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix intercepts Case Keenum again: Clinton-Dix is looking like the player the Redskins thought they were acquiring in that midseason trade with the Packers last season. On Washington’s opening drive of the second half, the safety intercepted Keenum for the second time and returned it 59 yards to the Redskins 24-yard line. Keenum is 11 for 17 for 112 yards and three interceptions. Chicago couldn’t capitalize on the turnover, as Eddy Pineiro missed a 44-yard field goal attempt wide right. (Bears 28, Redskins 3, 10:16 Third Quarter)
Halftime: Bears 28, Redskins 3
Redskins get on the board: Well, Washington won’t be shut out, not after Dustin Hopkins drilled a 35-yard field goal as time expired in the first half. (Bears 28, Redskins 3, End of First Half)
Upon further review, Taylor Gabriel scores another touchdown: Gabriel had two touchdown catches in 16 games last season. He has three in one half tonight after he beat cornerback Josh Norman and made a leaping grab in the end zone on third-and-17 from the Washington 36. Officials initially ruled that Gabriel didn’t get two feet down in bounds, but the call was overturned after replay review, much to the delight of the Bears fans in the crowd. (Bears 28, Redskins 0, 0:43 Second Quarter)
Case Keenum throws an interception: “Turnovers come in bunches,” ESPN analyst Booger McFarland said after Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller made a diving interception of a Case Keenum pass intended for Paul Richardson. That’s three in less than two quarters after the Redskins didn’t commit one in either of their first two games. No, rookie Dwayne Haskins is not getting warm on the sideline. (Bears 21, Redskins 0, 5:06 Second Quarter)
Chicago forces another turnover, turns it into points: Nothing is going right for the Redskins. One play after an illegal shift penalty on Steven Sims Jr. wiped out a 22-yard catch by fellow rookie wide receiver Terry McLaurin, Khalil Mack wreaked havoc in the Washington backfield yet again, with a strip-sack of Case Keenum that was recovered Akiem Hicks. Two plays and a Josh Norman pass interference penalty later, Mitchell Trubisky found Taylor Gabriel for a one-yard touchdown pass. (Bears 21, Redskins 0, 5:42 Second Quarter)
Bears take a two-touchdown lead: Chicago capped an 11-play, 67-yard drive with Mitchell Trubisky’s three-yard touchdown pass to a wide open Taylor Gabriel, who was uncovered as he ran across the field. The Bears benefited from three Redskins penalties on the march, including an illegal contact call on rookie cornerback Jimmy Moreland that resulted in a first down. The big play of the drive was Trubisky’s 15-yard pass to Anthony Miller on a crossing route on third-and-two from the Washington 23. The touchdown pass was Trubisky’s first of the season. (Bears 14, Redskins 0, 7:00 Second Quarter)
Redskins miss a field goal: Washington went backward to start the second quarter, thanks to a holding penalty on Donald Penn, who is doing everything he can to prevent Khalil Mack from getting to Case Keenum, and a sack by Danny Trevathan. Dustin Hopkins pulled his 43-yard field goal attempt wide left, and Washington’s 11-play drive was all for naught. Coach Jay Gruden’s face after the miss said it all. (Bears 7, Redskins 0, 13:23 Second Quarter)
Redskins catch a break, mount a drive: The Bears appeared to have forced their second turnover of the first quarter when Danny Trevathan recovered a Case Keenum fumble forced by Khalil Mack on third down, but cornerback Prince Amukamara was flagged for illegal hands to the face on the play. On the Redskins’ next third down opportunity, an offsides penalty on Trevathan set up a Keenum scramble for a first down. Washington will open the second quarter facing second-and-six on the Bears 11-yard line. (Bears 7, Redskins 0, End of First Quarter)
Defense gives Washington decent field position: Aided by a holding penalty on first down, the Redskins forced a three-and-out on Chicago’s second possession. Matt Ioannidis sacked Mitchell Trubisky near the Bears’ end zone, and while Ioannidis gave the safety signal, officials ruled that Trubisky’s forward progress was stopped at the 1-yard line. Trey Quinn returned Chicago’s ensuing punt to the Washington 42. (Bears 7, Redskins 0, 3:30 First Quarter)
Redskins go three-and-out: It’s going to be an especially long night for the Redskins if they don’t bother blocking Khalil Mack. The Bears’ star outside linebacker blew past tight ends Jeremy Sprinkle and Vernon Davis on his way to sacking Case Keenum on the Redskins’ second possession to set up a third-and-long. Adrian Peterson has three carries for seven yards in the early going. (Bears 7, Redskins 0, 6:37 First Quarter)
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix’s pick-six gives Bears the early lead: Clinton-Dix, who struggled in Washington last year after he was acquired in a midseason trade with the Packers, burned his former team on the Redskins’ first possession. On third-and-9 from the Washington 21-yard line, Clinton-Dix intercepted Case Keenum’s overthrown pass intended for Trey Quinn, tiptoed along the right sidelined and returned it 37 yards for a touchdown. The interception was Keenum’s first of the season. (Bears 7, Redskins 0, 9:42 First Quarter)
Montez Sweat spoils Chicago’s opening drive: The Redskins won the toss and elected to defer, giving Chicago the ball first. The Bears moved the ball into Washington territory, with quarterback Mitchell Trubisky connecting on his first four attempts and a neutral zone infraction penalty on Jonathan Allen giving Chicago another first down. On third-and-nine from the Washington 36-yard line, rookie pass rusher Montez Sweat chased down Trubisky for his first career sack and a loss of 14 yards, moving the Bears out of field goal range. (Redskins 0, Bears 0, 11:06 First Quarter)
There are no real surprises among the Redskins’ list of inactives. Defensive lineman Jonathan Allen will play after missing last week’s game with a knee injury, but Washington will be without cornerback Quinton Dunbar once again. For the Bears, kicker Eddy Pineiro, who was questionable with an oblique injury, will play, but starting right tackle Bobby Massie is a surprising scratch with an illness.
Redskins quarterback Alex Smith, who suffered a gruesome leg injury in Week 10 of last season, walked on the field before Monday’s game with his wife, Elizabeth. Smith had the external fixator removed from his leg in July and only recently began walking again without crutches.
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