September 24, 2019 / 3:41 AM / 21 days ago

Bears break out early, defeat Redskins

Veteran safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix had an interception return for a touchdown, wide receiver Taylor Gabriel caught three touchdown passes from Mitchell Trubisky, and the Chicago Bears recorded a 31-15 win over the Washington Redskins on Monday night in Landover, Md.

Sep 23, 2019; Landover, MD, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky (10) throws as Washington Redskins defensive tackle Matt Ioannidis (98) applies pressure in the first quarter at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago (2-1) jumped to a 28-0 lead and held on for its second consecutive victory on the road. The Bears’ defense combined for three interceptions, two fumble recoveries and four sacks.

Wideouts Terry McLaurin and Paul Richardson had one touchdown reception apiece from Redskins quarterback Case Keenum. Washington (0-3) is off to its worst start since 2013.

The Bears opened the scoring on a pick-six by Clinton-Dix with 9:42 to go in the first quarter. He intercepted an overthrown pass from Keenum and weaved 37 yards through traffic for his first career touchdown.

Trubisky then put the Bears on top 14-0 with his first passing touchdown of the season. He rolled left and made an easy toss to a wide-open Gabriel for a 3-yard touchdown with seven minutes left in the second quarter.

Another dominant defensive play set the stage for the Bears’ third touchdown. Pro Bowl linebacker Khalil Mack sacked Keenum and forced a fumble, which defensive tackle Akiem Hicks recovered at the Washington 11-yard line.

Three plays later, Trubisky found Gabriel again for a 1-yard score that made it 21-0 with 5:42 left in the half.

Gabriel hauled in his third touchdown on a highlight-reel play with 43 seconds to go before the break. He relied on skillful body control as he twisted toward the ball and got two feet in bounds just inside the front-right pylon.

The Redskins snapped the shutout on a 35-yard field goal by Dustin Hopkins as time expired in the half.

In the second half, Washington pulled within 28-9 on a 15-yard touchdown strike from Keenum to McLaurin. The rookie out of Ohio State has caught a touchdown in each of his first three games.

The Redskins’ comeback bid continued when Keenum flipped a 2-yard touchdown pass to Richardson to cut the deficit to 28-15 with 13:11 remaining in the fourth quarter. Chicago stopped a two-point attempt for the second time.

Chicago made it 31-15 on a 38-yard field goal by Eddy Pineiro with 1:50 to go.

Gabriel (concussion) and Hicks (knee) each left the game in the second half for the Bears.

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