Chicago Bears (4-2) at Washington Redskins (1-4)
Where: FedEx Field
When: 1 p.m.
TV: FOX (Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa)
Radio: ESPN 980 (Larry Michael, Sonny Jurgensen, Chris Cooley, Rick “Doc” Walker)/ WestwoodOne Sports (Dave Sims, Mark Malone)
Last meeting: Oct. 24, 2010 (Redskins 17-14)
Outlook: Time is running short for the Redskins, who are already 0-2 at home and have yet to beat an NFC opponent this season. They face Chicago for the first time since 2010.
Special teams has been a well-documented disaster this season. Washington worked this week to get that fixed. We’ll see. It doesn’t help that Bears return man Devin Hester has 18 career special teams touchdowns. He recently became the seventh player in NFL history with 3,000 punt return yards and 4,000 kickoff return yards.
At least defensively for the Redskins there has been legitimate improvement. Neither Oakland nor Dallas topped 300 yards of total offense in the last two games.
How important are red zone opportunities? The Bears rank 11th in the NFL in total offense (369.2 yards per game) and yet are third in points (28.7). Washington is fifth in total offense (399.2) and is 20th in points (21.4). But the Redskins let too many chances go by last week in a 31-16 loss to Dallas. They settled for three Kai Forbath field goals inside the 20 and Robert Griffin III threw an interception in the end zone from the 23.
Never too early to look at the NFC playoff chase and the Bears hold the sixth and final position heading into Week 7. The Redskins, without a conference win yet, have put themselves in a terrible spot. All four losses are to NFC rivals.
Washington won’t be winning any tiebreakers this year. And with NFC East rivals Dallas and Philadelphia playing each other on Sunday, the Redskins need a win just to keep pace with whoever takes over sole possession of first place in the division.
Redskins wide receiver Santana Moss needs just four catches on Sunday to pass Gary Clark for the third-most in franchise history. If Moss finishes with 71 receiving yards he’d become only the seventh active player to reach 10,000 for his career.
The Bears are about to go into hibernation. Chicago last played on Oct. 10 against the New York Giants, a Thursday night game. They have a bye next week and don’t play again until Nov. 4 against Green Bay, a Monday night. That’s one game over 24 days.
The Redskins have actually won 12 of the last 15 meetings with Chicago, including the last four in a row, dating to 1986.