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Bear Country Week 3: Chicago Bears at Washington Redskins

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Bear Country Week 3: Chicago Bears at Washington Redskins


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It’s time for week three of Monday Night Football between the Chicago Bears (1-1) and the Washington Redskins (0-2). The Bears are 0-7 in the last 7 games at Washington and the Redskins are 1-9 in their last 10 Monday Night Football games. Something has to give tonight.

Here are some key thoughts about tonight’s matchup:

1.       Nagy must open up the passing game

Through two games the Bears are the only team in the NFL without a passing touchdown.

Once again:

Through two games the Bears are the only team in the NFL without a passing touchdown.

Two games, 22 possessions, 121 plays—one 1-yard touchdown.

These graphs should give us a good indicator why:

https://nextgenstats.nfl.com/charts/list/all/chicago-bears/season/week/mitchell-trubisky/TRU215336/2019/1/pass

https://nextgenstats.nfl.com/charts/list/all/chicago-bears/season/week/mitchell-trubisky/TRU215336/2019/2/pass

In short, Matt Nagy is being cute with a bunch of dink and dunk plays to our running backs.

The Bears are also getting predictable in whom they are throwing the ball to.  Through two games Mitch Trubisky has thrown the ball Eighty-Two times. Forty-Two of those passes have gone to either Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel or Tarik Cohen. This is very frustrating because two possible break out receivers, Anthony Miller and Javon Wims have a combined 4 targets.

Matt Nagy came from the Andy Reid offense. He must go back to his roots of pushing the ball downfield or this disturbing trend will continue:

2.       It’s now or never for Mitch Trubisky

Matt Nagy has minimal concern about his quarterback’s slow start: “Everyone wants instant gratification. But there are QB’s one in particular, in Year 2, his first 4 Games he had 1 TD, 9 INT’s, & 60% comp., but now looks like a HOFer. We want instant results too, but we just need to be patient. We have 0 panic.”

The fans are not as kind. Bears twitter is being flooded with comments like:

“How about one touchdown please. For the love of god it’s week 3.”

 “More concerned about being pretty boy then making it happen on the field past his 1st read.”

“Trubisky makes me miss Cutler. There I said it.”

“#TruBUSTky”

“If Trubisky doesn’t start playing better, and soon, he’ll be compared to Rex Grossman…and find himself as a backup on another team. Just think, we could stayed at #3 and taken Patrick Mahomes. The Jets are looking for a QB. 2 #1’s for Mitch might be possible.”

They have good reasons for their comments. Both Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson were drafted behind Trubisky in 2017 and already are superstar quarterbacks. Mahomes is already looking like a generational talent. Rookie sixth round pick Gardner Minshew has stepped in flawlessly for the Jaguars. To add insult to injury, Kyle Allen and Daniel Jones also dominated this week in the first starts flashing more than Trubisky has all season.

As Stephen Letizia puts it in his great article in the Chicago Audible: “There’s no way around it. Mitch Trubisky has been a well below average quarterback the first two weeks this season.”

It’s put up or shut up time.

3.       Turnovers are the recipe for wins

The Bears defense has only surrendered 17 points to date. There is one issue, however.

The team led the NFL with 36 turnovers season. Through two games this season they only have one turnover off of Kyle Fuller’s late week two interception.

How do you fix this? Pass rush. Khalil Mack leads the NFL in pressures this year with 15. Turnovers should follow this week as the bears defensive line should dominate Washington’s banged up offensive line.

4.       Is Eddie Pineiro OK to play?

Eddie Pineiro quite possibly hit the biggest kick in Chicago Bears history last week:

This week he had an unfortunate weight room accident:

This is a huge concern entering Monday night. The Bears have scored 19 points this season, twelve of which are off of Pineiro’s leg. If Pineiro is unable to go, their only other kicker is punter Pat O’Donnell who has never attempted an NFL field goal.

If Pineiro is out, expect two point conversions and fourth down attempts.

Prediction and MVB’s:

Last season, Mitch dominated teams with a losing record to the tune of 2,252 yards, 8.68 yards per competitions, 18 touchdown’s, 3 interceptions.

Washington’s secondary is running out of bodies that can cover. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is already done for the year. Josh Norman is nowhere the player he used to be. Quinton Dunbar is questionable with an injury as well. This is why Carson Wentz and Dak Prescott both had big afternoons against them the first two weeks.

I expect Mitch to get into an early rhythm and break out somewhat in the passing game.  If he doesn’t, then there will be huge issues.

The Chicago Bears should pull away and win this game 29-14.

Most Valuable Bears:

Offense: Mitch Trubisky- 18/29 for 254 yards, 3 TD’s 1 INT

Defense: Khalil Mack- 8 pressures, 2 sacks, 1 FF, 2 TFL

Tim is a grateful believer, husband to Kristin, Father to Isabelle living in Los Angeles as both an actor and Claims adjuster. He was born and grew up eight blocks from Wrigley Field and is a die hard Chicago fan (Especially Bears). He is incredibly grateful to The Turf for giving him a chance to pursue a passion of his.

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