The Washington Redskins will travel to Chicago to take on the Bears Dec. 24. PressBox football writers and radio personalities share their thoughts on the game.
Stan "The Fan" Charles, PressBox (
The Redskins' playoff hopes took a pretty fatal blow to the chops when they lost at home to the Carolina Panthers, 26-15, Dec. 19. The Redskins' real culprit is a defense that gives up way too many points (343 for the season, ninth-most in the league and 23 more than Chicago). Meanwhile, the Bears have an angle of importance to their last two games -- that angle being the chance for a serious look at free-agent-quarterback-to-be Matt Barkley. Head coach John Fox sees some things in his new starter that remind him of former Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme, who led Fox and Carolina to Super Bowl XXXVIII. That's enough reason for me to believe the Redskins will get eliminated in Chicago, and head coach Jay Gruden will officially hit the hot seat.
Bears 29, Redskins 24
The Redskins are already in trouble when it comes to the playoff picture. Another loss and they're almost certainly dead. While quarterback Matt Barkley has played admirably for Chicago, I think Washington finds a way.
Redskins 27, Bears 20
On the surface, it might be easy to take the Redskins here. But attention must be paid to how well Bears quarterback Matt Barkley is playing. He is averaging more than 7 yards per attempt and has been sacked just four times in 99 dropbacks. With starts in four straight games for a team whose season was over long ago, he is getting valuable experience that can carry over to 2017. This week, he'll face a secondary that is as porous as any in the league.
Bears 27, Redskins 17
The Redskins did what's normal for them at home on "Monday Night Football" Dec. 19, they lost, and in the process, they cut their postseason hopes in half. A short turnaround sees Chicago coming their way Christmas Eve. The Bears are bad but have been playing better as of late. I see a pretty close game, because the Washington defense is an absolute joke, and you can't count on it for anything, really. The Redskins stay alive, but barely.
Redskins 31, Bears 27
Monday night's implosion by the Redskins could linger on a short week. Historically, traveling on a short week is never a good thing and especially to frigid Chicago. The Bears have not given up, and quarterback Matt Barkley is playing well -- as is running back Jordan Howard. The Redskins' hangover from "Monday Night Football" will be a real thing, and the Bears win.
Bears 24, Redskins 20.