Bears vs. Redskins: Final score and highlights for Week 3

The Bears held off a second-half run from the Redskins to improve to 2-1 this season.

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Khalil Mack had two strip-sacks in the first half.

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Taylor Gabriel scored three touchdowns and the defense picked off Case Keenum three times to power the Bears to a 31-15 victory over the Redskins on “Monday Night Football.” A lot of fans are surely thinking “that’s more like it” after a couple of lackluster performances to open the season.

The Bears completely dominated the first half at FedExField by jumping out to a 28-0 lead behind Gabriel and the defense. The Redskins responded with 15 unanswered points to make it interesting, but the defense held firm and David Montgomery delivered some big runs to help put the game away.

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, the team’s lone prominent addition to its secondary over the summer, set the tone early with the first pick-six of his career, and he intercepted another pass later on.

Mitch Trubisky also played much better, completing 25 of 31 passes for 231 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. 

Relive the Bears’ Week 3 victory over Washington below. 

Final score: Bears 31, Redskins 15

Bears 31, Redskins 15: Washington has done a mad scramble into field goal territory but they need two touchdown and a pair of two-point conversions with just 18 seconds left and no timeouts. We’re so close.

Bears 31, Redskins 15: FIELD GOAL! After the offense failed to convert on third down, Eddy Pineiro bounces back with a 39-yard field goal to extend the lead with just under two minutes to go.

Bears 28, Redskins 15: We’ve reached the two-minute warning with the Bears looking at a third-and-5 at the Redskins’ 23.

Bears 28, Redskins 15: Look at the rookie go! David Montgomery blows through for 25 yards to give the Bears a big boost in terms of field position. They’re leaning hard on him on this drive to milk the clock.

Bears 28, Redskins 15: What a play by Danny Trevathan! The Redskins, facing a fourth-and-1 in the red zone, opted for a QB sneak up the gut, but Trevathan smacked the ball from Case Keenum’s extended hand to force a fumble. That’s an absolutely huge stop to keep the lead at 13.

Bears 28, Redskins 15: Midway through the quarter, the Redskins have moved into the red zone. It’s fair to say the Bears’ defense no longer has a firm grasp on this game like it did in the first half.

Bears 28, Redskins 15: The Redskins convert a fourth down near midfield to keep themselves alive. If they can get down the field to score on this drive, suddenly we could be looking at a one-score game.

Bears 28, Redskins 15: Akiem Hicks could be seen walking with training staff on the sideline, so that might be a situation worth monitoring. He’s been crucial to the defense Monday night.

Bears 28, Redskins 15: The Bears successfully stop another two-point conversion, so they’re hanging onto a 13-point lead with about 13 minutes remaining.

Bears 28, Redskins 15: Case Keenum finds Paul Richardson Jr. on fourth-and-goal for the 2-yard touchdown pass. There’s only 13:11 left in regulation, but this game isn’t quite over yet.

Bears 28, Redskins 9: The Bears hold the fort inside the 5-yard line to force a crucial fourth-and-goal early in the fourth quarter.

Third quarter: Bears 28, Redskins 9

Bears 28, Redskins 9: The third quarter ends with the Redskins on a seven-play, 73-yard drive that’s pushed them from their own 3-yard line into the red zone.

Bears 28, Redskins 9: And there goes that. Mitch Trubisky tries to hit Allen Robinson for the touchdown pass, but Josh Norman leaps in front to pick off the pass just in front of the end zone. The Redskins won’t get good field position, but it’s still huge to keep the Bears off the scoreboard.

Bears 28, Redskins 9: Allen Robinson and Taylor Gabriel each have six catches in the game as the Bears have moved inside the Redskins’ 10. Another touchdown here would go a long way toward putting this game out of reach.

Bears 28, Redskins 9: Tarik Cohen comes to life for the first time with a 24-yard gain plus another 15 yards tacked on for unnecessary roughness on Landon Collins. The Bears are already in Redskins territory with a chance to add back onto their lead.

Bears 28, Redskins 9: Washington needs just three minutes of game time to drive down the field for its first touchdown of the game. Case Keenum found Terry McLaurin over the middle from 15 yards out to cut into the Bears’ lead. However, the Redskins failed to convert a two-point conversion, so they’re still in single-digits.

Bears 28, Redskins 3: The offense goes three-and-out despite the strong field possession, then Eddy Pineiro misses his first field goal of the season to leave the Bears empty-handed after their latest takeaway.

Bears 28, Redskins 3: The Redskins had the ball moving on their first drive of the second half, but Ha Ha Clinton-Dix put the kibosh on that with his second interception of the game. The safety also returned the ball 59 yards to put the Bears right into field goal territory.

Halftime: Bears 28, Redskins 3

Bears 28, Redskins 3: A late drive by the Redskins set up a 35-yard field goal by Dustin Hopkins that at least got Washington onto the scoreboard before the end of a brutal half for the team.

Bears 28, Redskins 0: TOUCHDOWN! Taylor Gabriel’s third touchdown of the game comes on a ridiculous 36-yard catch on third-and-17. The referees had to review the play for a while before overturning the initial ruling that Gabriel had gone out of bounds before gaining possession. It’s hard to imagine this first half having gone better so far.

Bears 21, Redskins 0: Following the two-minute warning, the Bears convert on third down to push into field goal territory.

Bears 21, Redskins 0: Right after a big kick return by the Redskins put them near midfield, Case Keenum throws his second interception of the game to give the ball right back to the Bears.

Bears 21, Redskins 0: TOUCHDOWN! Mitch Trubisky hits Taylor Gabriel in the end zone for the second time of the game. During the extra point, a faint “LET’S GO BEARS” chant could be heard in the FedEx Field stands.

Bears 14, Redskins 0: Khalil Mack ... again!!! The pass rusher smacks the ball out of Case Keenum’s hand and Akiem Hicks jumps on it for another takeaway. The Bears have a short field to add to their lead.

Bears 14, Redskins 0: TOUCHDOWN! Mitch Trubisky hits a wide open Taylor Gabriel in the end zone for his first TD pass of the season.

Bears 7, Redskins 0: The Bears convert a third-and-2 with a pass to a crossing Anthony Miller, who gets inside the Redskins’ 10 for first-and-goal.

Bears 7, Redskins 0: The Bears’ offense continues to dink and dunk its way down the field. Mitch Trubisky missed a wide open Anthony Miller near the left sideline for what could’ve been a good gain, but he’s still completed 11-of-13 passes for 82 yards so far.

Bears 7, Redskins 0: NO GOOD! After a Danny Trevathan sack on third down pushes the Redskins back, kicker Dustin Hopkins misses a 43-yard field goal wide to the left. Washington gets no points from an 12-play, 33-yard drive.

First quarter: Bears 7, Redskins 0

Bears 7, Redskins 0: Case Keenum scrambles for the first down after an offside penalty gives the Redskins another chance on third down. They’re threatening as the first quarter wraps up at FedEx Field.

Bears 7, Redskins 0: A fumble recovered by the Bears on third down in the backfield gets wiped out by a hands-to-the-face penalty on Prince Amukamara, instead giving the Redskins a first down near the red zone.

Bears 7, Redskins 0: The Redskins are closing in on field goal territory after starting with favorable field position following the punt. Adrian Peterson has six carries for 24 yards so far.

Bears 7, Redskins 0: After a couple moderate gains, the Bears are able to safely punt the ball away. Well, it could’ve been worse.

Bears 7, Redskins 0: Another sack by the Redskins almost looks like a safety but the Bears get a generous spot closer to the 2-yard line. They’re looking at second-and-29 while practically in their own end zone.

Bears 7, Redskins 0: Khalil Mack earns his second sack of the year with an easy path to the quarterback to force the Redskins into third-and-22. Unsurprisingly, they did not convert and will punt next.

Bears 7, Redskins 0: TOUCHDOWN! The Bears’ new starting safety, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, takes an errant pass from Case Keenum and runs it back 37 yards for the team’s first defensive touchdown of the season. That’s also the first pick six of Clinton-Dix’s six-year NFL career.

The “tug-of-war” celebration is also good:

Bears 0, Redskins 0: The Bears’ first drive comes crashing down with a 14-yard loss on a third-down sack by Montez Sweat, the 26th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft out of Mississippi State, that forced them to punt.

The Redskins declined an illegal use of the hands penalty on Kyle Long on the play.

Bears 0, Redskins 0: Mitch Trubisky has completed his first four passes as the Bears have already moved into Redskins’ territory. None of the plays have gone for more than nine yards but the offense has three first downs.

Bears 0, Redskins 0: For the first time this season, the Bears’ offense gets the ball to open the first quarter. We’ll see if they can get off to a strong start on the road.

Pregame reading

The Bears get their second crack at primetime television this season with matchup against the Redskins on “Monday Night Football” at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland. Kickoff is slated for 7:15 p.m. CT on ESPN, which is also live streaming the game from its usual home on WatchESPN.

The first two games of the Bears’ season served as a sign of caution for a team that has huge expectations. The team pulled off a miraculous Week 2 win over the Broncos thanks to a sketchy roughing-the-passer penalty that set up Eddy Pineiro’s 53-yard game-winning field goal, but they’re fortunate not to be 0-2 like their opponent.

The defense still looks fierce under new coordinator Chuck Pagano, and the running game showed signs of life last week after being largely ignored in Green Bay. But in a division where the Packers, Lions and Vikings have combined for one loss in the first three weeks, there might not be much wiggle room for the Bears to figure out their issues.

Washington similarly needs a victory after losing its first two games to division rivals. Quarterback Case Keenum has been solid so far, completing 69% of his passes for 601 yards with five touchdowns and zero interceptions, but the ground attack has suffered badly with 2018 second-round pick Derrius Guice sidelined.

Through two weeks, the Redskins have totaled just 75 rushing yards off 30 carries, so the Bears should know where to keep their focus Monday night.

How to watch Bears vs. Redskins, Week 3

Kickoff time: 7:15 p.m. CT


Live stream: WatchESPN

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