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0-2, 4th in NFC East
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Best bets for Bears-Redskins

For the Week 3 finale, the 1-1 Chicago Bears visit the 0-2 Washington Redskins. Here are our experts' best bets for Monday night.

Mike Clay ESPN Writer 

The Redskins were home underdogs in six games last season. They went 3-3 in those games. The Bears and their struggling offense are in town and favored on Monday night.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

As expected, Redskins tight end Jordan Reed was ruled out of a third consecutive game because of his concussion. Reserve linebacker Cassanova McKinzy (hip) also was ruled out for Monday's game vs. Chicago, which means newly-signed Noah Spence likely will play Monday. Defensive end Jonathan Allen (knee), who said Friday he was "100 percent" going to play, is listed as questionable. So, too, is corner Quinton Dunbar (knee). Safety Montae Nicholson (foot) was a full participant Saturday.

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Redskins' season could hinge on beating Bears

Monday's game could be a pivot point for Washington, because the fallout from starting 0-3 could look drastically different than it would at 1-2.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

I'm told Noah Spence signed his contract with the Redskins this morning. They'll have to make a corresponding move to meet the 53-man roster requirement.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Source tells me that the Redskins are planning to sign former Bucs outside linebacker Noah Spence tomorrow. Spence worked out for them last week. He also worked out for the Bears today, along with the Bills two weeks ago.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

During the Fox broadcast Sunday, there was mention that Redskins coach Jay Gruden struggled with running back Adrian Peterson in this offense because he was a north-south runner. Gruden, though, on Monday said, "It's good to have a north-south runner. It's good to have variety with [Wendell] Smallwood and [Chris] Thompson. They can do some of the other stuff. Adrian did a good job toward the end of the year with some of the east-west stuff where you have to stick your foot in the ground and go north eventually. It's good that we have that because our play-actions are right off those same looks, north-south. Those things will open up for us once we get our north-south game going a little better."

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

New Redskins corner Aaron Colvin said Houston was a "tough fit" for him. He said the last week — losing a game to New Orleans, having a coverage issue, then getting released the next day — was embarrassing, disappointing but also a relief.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins running back Adrian Peterson said the young players need to stay upbeat despite an 0-2 start. And he pointed to last season as proof of how things can change in an unexpected way. "It's a long season. Last year we were 6-3 and then things went downhill," he said. "It can go the opposite way as well."

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Biggest takeaway: The pressure will start to mount on defensive coordinator Greg Manusky. The Redskins nearly fired him after last season and, through two games, his group has allowed a combined 63 points and 911 yards. If things don't get better for his group, it's easy to wonder about his future in Washington. The Redskins do have a lot of youth on their defense and were missing two of their top three corners plus end Jonathan Allen Sunday. That matters. But as linebacker Jon Bostic said, "We'll never use that as an excuse... Everyone is in this league for a reason." The Redskins have not had a defense finish in the top 10 in yards or points allowed since 2009. The bottom line is too many plays have big gaps for offenses to run through -- and too many big plays are hit downfield. It's not always about scheme or the coaches. The players have failed, too. Just like on the right side of the offensive line where guard Brandon Scherff and tackle Morgan Moses have combined for four holding penalties this season. They need to play better, too. But the Redskins have no shot this season if the defense doesn't improve.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The Redskins are 0-2 after the 31-21 loss to Dallas because they have a defense that keeps giving up big plays --an issue that was supposed to have been fixed - and an offense that can't run the ball. Before the season the two areas many thought they would be OK: defense and running the ball. They're not. They need better production from the big money guys such as corner Josh Norman. They're forcing an offense with a journeyman quarterback to score often or lose. The Redskins have 14 games left, but they need to provide reason to believe those games will be a lot different.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The Redskins' defense was strong on Dallas' first three drives, holding the Cowboys to 36 yards on 12 plays with one interception. But since then the Redskins have allowed 331 yards and 21 points -- with Dallas in position for another score. They continue to make mistakes that lead to huge gaps in the defense and aren't disciplined with assignments or their eyes. The coaching staff has yet to provide any answers, either, and that's been true for a couple years.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

It had been tough for the Redskins to get the ball to receiver Terry McLaurin. They had tried twice in the first half on deep throws, but on one where he was wide open, Case Keenum missed him. But they were able to find him on their scoring drive, getting him down the middle for 27 yards as they were able to occupy the safety help by running Paul Richardson down the middle. And, because corners have dropped off him at the snap, they finally connected on a back-shoulder pass. The more teams see McLaurin, the more the Redskins will have to adjust how they get him the ball.

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Team Stats

Passing Yards289.010th
Rushing Yards37.530th
Points For24.09th
Points Against31.5