Chicago Bears at Washington Redskins Matchup Preview 9/23/19: Analysis, Depth Charts, Daily Fantasy

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The Bears march into Washington after winning by a field goal as time expired last week. Their defense has been playing at an outstanding level, but their offense has not been doing well at all. The offense has an opportunity to improve against the Redskins defense this week. The Redskins have not done well to start the season. They have allowed over 30 points in each of their two losses to the Eagles and Cowboys. The Bears are projected to win this game by 4.5 points, so this game should be close. The Bears need a win if they want to stay relevant in the NFC playoff competition. For odds movement and full matchup history, visit the Chicago Bears and Washington Redskins matchup page.

TV Schedule

Date: Monday, September 23rd, 2019
Time: 8:15 ET
Location: FedEx Field – Landover, MD
Coverage: ESPN

Injury Report

Chicago Bears: DT Bilal Nichols (D) – Hand, TE Trey Burton (Q) – Groin, DT Eddie Goldman (Q) – Oblique, S Eddie Jackson (Q) – Shoulder, G Kyle Long (Q) – Hip
Washington Redskins: DE Jonathan Allen (Q) – Knee, CB Quinton Dunbar (Q) – Knee, QB Colt McCoy (O) – Fibula, LB Cassanova McKinzy (Q) – Hip, TE Jordan Reed (Q) – Concussion, CB Fabian Moreau (Q) – Ankle, T Morgan Moses (Q) – Knee, S Montae Nicholson (Q) – Foot, CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (IR) – Ankle, RB Derrius Guice (IR) – Knee

Chicago Bears Analysis

Chicago BearsThe Bears offense has had a horrible start to the season. They have only scored on touchdown and 19 total points to start the season. They can definitely improve against a Redskins defense that has allowed 63 points to start the season. Whether they will is yet to be seen. Mitchell Trubisky has not looked confident as the starting quarterback for the Bears and has not performed very well. He has a passer rating of 66.0 and has only thrown for 348 yards on 72 pass attempts. This matchup against the Redskins looks good for the Bears offense, so the Bears have an excellent opportunity to prove that they can compete on the offensive side of the ball.

In this game, look for the Bears to run the ball early and often. The Redskins defense has surrendered 336 rushing yards in two games, so the Bears should not have trouble running the ball. Look to running back David Montgomery to have a great game as the lead back for the Bears. Even if the Bears offense does not perform well as a whole, Montgomery will still get many carries and will have success running the ball. Since the Bears will try to run the ball often, they will rely less on Tarik Cohen. He is more of a pass-catching back and the Bears do not like to run with him–he has only had 4 carries this season. The running game should open up the passing game for the Bears and they should score many points on Monday night.

Chicago Bears Depth Chart

QB: Mitchell Trubisky
RB1: David Montgomery
RB2: Tarik Cohen
WR1: Allen Robinson
WR2: Taylor Gabriel
WR3: Anthony Miller
TE: Trey Burton

Washington Redskins Analysis

Washington RedskinsThe Redskins face another difficult matchup at home this week after losing to the Cowboys at home 31-21. Their offense has looked pretty good so far, as Case Keenum fits well into Jay Gruden’s system. The defense is a major concern for the Redskins. They rank 30th in points allowed and 30th in yards allowed. While the Redskins are not title contenders, their defense has to improve if they want to stay in games. In week 1, they had a chance to beat the Eagles, but the defense could not stop anything in the second half and ultimately lost the game. The Redskins have shown that they can compete with top teams, but do not have any wins to show for it. If they can stop the Bears offense this week, the Redskins have a chance at winning a low scoring game.

Though the offense for the Redskins looks decent, they will have trouble against this Bears team. This Bears defense is not impenetrable though. The Bears have allowed 2 touchdowns in 2 weeks, both of which have been passing touchdowns. Luckily for the Redskins, the passing offense is their strength. They rank 10th in passing yards and may be able to score a touchdown through the air this week. I would not expect any single receiver to have a big game, as Keenum likes to pass the ball to a variety of receivers. No single Redskins receiver has shown themselves to be a consistent target for Keenum yet. Only Chris Thompson out of the backfield has had a steady number of targets over the first two weeks. He has had 12 receptions for 116 yards on 18 targets to start the season. The Redskins will likely lean on Thompson in the passing game this week. Keenum will throw a lot of checkdowns to him, so he will get plenty of receptions, even if he does not score a touchdown.

Washington Redskins Depth Chart

QB: Case Keenum
RB1: Adrian Peterson
RB2: Derrius Guice
WR1: Terry Mclaurin
WR2: Paul Richardson
WR3: Trey Quinn
TE: Jordan Reed

Daily Fantasy:

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With 18 carries last week, David Montgomery (DK: $5,200, FD: $6,000) has taken over as the lead running back for the Bears. He has an outstanding matchup this week against the Redskins rush defense that ranks 31st in rushing yards allowed. With a high volume of carries and a favorable matchup, Montgomery is a great value pick for daily fantasy this week. I would avoid Allen Robinson (DK: $5,600, FD: $7,000) this week. The Redskins have not allowed over 60 yards to a WR1 this season, so Robinson should not have a great game as the WR1 for the Bears. I also do not like Tarik Cohen (DK: $4,400, FD: $5,800) because the Bears will likely run the ball often, and will not have to rely on Cohen in the passing game, where he gets the majority of his fantasy production. A sneaky pick for this week is Redskins running back Chris Thompson (DK: $4,500, FD: $5,300). He will get a lot of checkdowns from Case Keenum and has had 12 receptions for 116 yards in two weeks. He will not have a game breaking performance, but he is a cheap option with a high floor for fantasy points in PPR formats.

Rohil Bajaj is a student at the University of California–Santa Barbara and is from Maryland. He is a devoted Washington Redskins fan and has a passion for fantasy football. As a statistics major, Rohil enjoys using data and analytics to gain an edge in his won fantasy football leagues.

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