The Commanders and Bears meet tonight in an NFC battle on Thursday. Washington is at the bottom of the NFC East with a 1-4 record and hasn’t won since their season opener over the Jacksonville Jaguars 28-22.
They came up short last Sunday against the Tennessee Titans at home, driving to their opponent’s two-yard line in the final seconds until Carson Wentz threw an interception to seal the Titans’ win.
Chicago is 2-3 on the season and has lost two straight games. Their biggest win this season was in Week 1 when they beat the San Francisco 49ers 19-10 at home. Last week they trailed the Minnesota Vikings at home 21-3 and scored 19 straight points to take a 22-21 lead in the fourth quarter.
However, the Vikings went on to score with just over two minutes remaining to escape with the 29-22 win.
Wahington had a golden opportunity to win their second game of the season last week before Wentz threw the decisive interception in the end zone. He’s thrown an interception in four of his five starts. However, the Commanders didn’t have a problem moving the ball last Sunday, with the quarterback throwing for 359 yards and two touchdowns.
Wentz has thrown for 1,390 yards with ten touchdowns and six interceptions on the season. Antonio Gibson is the leading rusher for the Commanders with 56 carries for 179 yards and two touchdowns. Terry McLaurin has 19 receptions for 326 yards and one touchdown to lead all Washington receivers.
Chicago had one of the worst offenses in the NFL in 2021, and they haven’t done much to change that so far this season. They are 31st in the league, averaging 274 yards of offense per game. They have had to depend on their running game to generate any offense and must get that going tonight if they have any hope of winning.
Justin Fields has thrown for 679 yards, with three touchdowns and four interceptions in the first five games, ranking him 31st among quarterbacks in the league. Khalil Herbert has been the lone positive on offense with 328 yards and three touchdowns and is seventh in the league averaging 5.9 yards per carry. Darnell Moody is the team’s leading receiver, with just ten receptions for 173 yards.
The Commanders are 2-8 in their last ten games and are 5-1 against the spread in their previous six games against the Bears. The total has gone under in seven of the last ten home games for Chicago, and they are 0-5 in their previous five games played in October.
This looks to be an even matchup between two teams that struggle on offense. Washington has a chance to win this game if they can limit their turnovers.
Fields had his first TD pass since Week 1 last Sunday, and if he can equal the two-touchdown performance he had against the 49ers, the Bears have a chance to stay undefeated at home.
Godds Pick/Prediction: The Bears win, and the total goes over.