MNF Chicago Bears @ Washington Redskins: All You Need To Know
Where: FedEx Field, Landover, Maryland
When: Monday, September 23
Time/Channel: 8:15 PM ET/ESPN
Weather: Day: 91 F, Night: 68 F
Spread: Bears -4
Moneyline: Bears -200, Redskins +175
The Chicago Bears will try to get things headed in the right direction on the offensive side of the football when they square off with the Washington Redskins on Monday night.
The Bears have the third-worst offense in the NFL through the first two weeks of the season. The Bears have only one touchdown through two games; it was a 1-yard touchdown run by rookie running back David Montgomery as the Bears came away with a 16-14 win over the Denver Broncos because of some late-game heroics.
Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, the second overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, is a combined 42-of-72 for 348 yards with an interception in the team’s first two games. He has an abysmal 4.8 yards per completion.
However, with all of that said, the Bears are lucky that they will be playing against the third-worst defense in all of football.
The Redskins will need to get it together on defense.
Washington has allowed a combined 569 yards in the second half in losses to the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys.
Bears Fantasy Star
David Montgomery, RB
I think this Week 3 game against the Redskins will be a positive for the Bears on offense. They will finally start getting some momentum headed in the right direction on that side of the ball.
And it will start and end with running back Montgomery.
In the Week 2 matchup against the Denver Broncos, Montgomery had 18 carries for 62 yards and the lone touchdown of the season for the Bears. He only had one reception for six yards, but I do expect him to be more involved in the passing game.
With that said, it will be on the shoulders of quarterback Trubisky to ultimately decide how far this team goes. The Bears defense is still playing at their elite level, and if they can put the pieces together on offense with head coach Matt Nagy, a former assistant under offensive guru Andy Reid, I believe the Bears could be one of the best teams in all of football.
But until that happens, they won’t be.
Look for Montgomery to be heavily involved in this game to take pressure off Trubisky’s shoulders.
Redskins Fantasy Star
Terry McLaurin, WR
Montgomery isn’t the only rookie that will shine in this game.
How about Ohio State-product wide receiver Terry McLaurin?
Through two games, the 6-foot speedster has proven to be a weapon for quarterback Case Keenum and the Redskins offense.
In their Week 1 game against the Eagles, McLaurin hauled in five receptions for 125 yards and one touchdown. He followed that up with five more catches, 62 yards and another score in their Week 2 matchup against the Cowboys.
McLaurin is slowly, but surely, making his case as the No. 1 wide receiver on this team, and I believe he will continue to impress in Week 3 against the Bears.
** If you found this insightful, you may want to check out Lester A. Wilftong Jr's preview for the game, as he goes in-depth on what we can expect from the Bears' offense - See it HERE **