Series history, broadcast information, connections and more from Sunday's Redskins-Bears 2015 Week 14 matchup at Soldier Field in Chicago.
REGULAR SEASON WEEK 14
WASHINGTON REDSKINS (5-7) at CHICAGO BEARS (5-7)
Sunday, Dec. 13 – 1 p.m. ET
Solider Field (61,500) – Chicago
The Washington Redskins will begin what Head Coach Jay Gruden has called "the fourth quarter" of the 2015 season on Sunday when the team faces the Chicago Bears. Kickoff at Soldier Field in Chicago is scheduled for 1 p.m.
The Redskins have won each of the teams' last five meetings, dating back to 2004. In the Redskins' last visit to Soldier Field, defensive back DeAngelo Hall recorded an NFL-record-tying four interceptions, including one he returned 92 yards for a touchdown in a 17-14 Redskins win. The Redskins also won the teams' most recent meeting at FedExField, a 45-41 shootout in Week 7 of the 2013 season.
Sunday's game will be played 73 years to the date of Washington's 14-6 victory against Chicago in the 1942 NFL Championship Game. That day, Pro Football Hall of Famer Sammy Baugh threw for a touchdown and added an interception on defense en route to the Redskins securing the franchise's second World Championship.
SERIES HISTORY— Redskins lead overall series, 24-23-1
A look back at some of the top images in games between the Washington Redskins and Chicago Bears.
— Regular season series is even, 20-20-1
— Last Meeting: Oct. 20, 2013 (45-41, WAS)
TELEVISION: FOX— Kenny Albert (play-by-play)
— Daryl Johnston (color)
— Laura Okmin (sidelines)
RADIO: Redskins Broadcast Network— Larry Michael (play-by-play)
— Sonny Jurgensen (color)
— Chris Cooley (analysis)
— Rick "Doc" Walker (sidelines)
Sports USA Media— Adam Amin (play-by-play)
— Doug Plank (color)
THE OPPONENTThe Chicago Bears enter Week 14 with a 5-7 record after suffering a 26-20 overtime loss to the San Francisco 49ers last week. Last year, the Bears finished fourth in the NFC North with a 5-11 record. This season is the team's first under head coach John Fox.
Quarterback Jay Cutler is leading the Bears' passing attack this year in his seventh season with the team. He has completed 229-of-365 passes for 2,712 yards with 14 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
Matt Forte is the team's leading rusher, having gained 676 yards on 172 rushes with three rushing touchdowns. Rookie Jeremy Langford has also contributed 357 yards on 102 carries with a team-high six rushing touchdowns.
Tight end Martellus Bennett has recorded a team-high 53 receptions, posting 439 receiving yards with three receiving touchdowns. Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery leads the Bears in receiving yards (690) on 47 receptions with two receiving touchdowns. Tight end Zach Miller leads Chicago with four receiving touchdowns.
Six players are tied for the team lead with one interception, including cornerback Kyle Fuller, who has also contributed 38 tackles (32 solo). Linebacker Pernell McPhee has one interception this season and is tied with fellow linebacker Lamarr Houston for the team lead in sacks (5.0). Linebackers Christian Jones and Shea McClellin are tied for the team lead with 66 tackles each.
Veteran kicker Robbie Gould handles kicking duties for Chicago and has converted 19-of-20 extra point attempts and 26-of-31 field goal attempts this season. Pat O'Donnell is the team's punter and has averaged 44.2 yards per punt on 55 punts.
Marc Mariani handles return duties for Chicago and has gained 178 yards on 25 punt returns (6.8 avg.) as well as 371 yards on 15 kickoff returns (24.7 avg.).
WHAT TO WATCH FOR THIS WEEK• The Redskins and Bears facing one another 73 years to the date after Washington defeated Chicago, 14-6, in the 1942 NFL Championship Game at Griffith Stadium on Dec. 13, 1942.
• The Redskins snapping a nine-game road losing streak and earning their first road victory since Week 8 last season at Dallas.
• The Redskins improving to 25-23-1 all-time against the Bears, including postseason play, and earning a 21-20-1 all-time advantage against Chicago in regular season contests.
• The Redskins evening their all-time road record against the Bears at 11-11.
• The Redskins extending their current five-game winning streak against the Bears, Washington's longest active streak against any opponent.
• The Redskins recording their seventh victory in their last eight games in Chicago (including postseason play), dating back to 1987.
• The Redskins recording three takeaways in three consecutive games for the first time since doing so in four straight contests across Weeks 9-12 of the 2003 season.
• The Redskins posting their fifth three-takeaway game this season, their most since 2012 (six).
• The Redskins recovering three or more opponent fumbles in multiple games in a single season for the first time since 2005 (Weeks 14 and 17).
• The Redskins adding to their seven multiple-takeaway games this season, the team's most through the first 12 games of a season since 2012 (eight).
• The Redskins setting a franchise record with their third kickoff return touchdown this season. The 2015 Redskins have already tied a team record with two kickoff return touchdowns (2005, 1947, 1942).
• The Redskins recording a kickoff return or punt return for a touchdown to give them their third combined special teams return for touchdown in a season for the first time since 1955 (two punt return touchdowns, one kick return touchdown).
• The Redskins maintaining their 20 sacks allowed through 12 games, the team's fewest in the first 12 games of a season since 2006 (15).
• The Redskins scoring two more two-point conversions to tie the team record for two-point conversions in a season (three in 1994).
• Defensive lineman Chris Baker adding to his career highs in sacks (5.0), forced fumbles (three) and fumble recoveries (one).
• Cornerback Will Blackmon (one) recording a new career high for interceptions in a season with his next pick.
• Blackmon (two) setting a new career high with his next forced fumble.
• Cornerback Bashaud Breeland (two) surpassing his career high for interceptions in a season (two in 2014) with his next pick.
• Breeland recovering a fumble to become the first Redskins defender to recover three opponent fumbles in a season since linebacker London Fletcher in 2010.
• Quarterback Kirk Cousins adding another 300-yard passing performance to his career-high four 300-yard games this season.
• Cousins throwing for 300 yards to tie a team record with five 300-yard passing games in a single season (Sonny Jurgensen in 1967, Jay Schroeder in 1986 and Mark Rypien in 1989).
• Cousins engineering another fourth-quarter comeback victory to become the first Redskins quarterback with three such victories in a season since Robert Griffin III in 2012.
• Cousins (35) chasing No. 12 Mark Brunell (38) on the team's all-time leaderboard for passing touchdowns.
• Cousins extending his career-best streak of 12 consecutive games with a touchdown pass.
• Cousins throwing a touchdown to become the first Redskins quarterback to record a touchdown pass in each of the first 13 games of a season since Jurgensen in 1967.
• Cousins (17) throwing three touchdowns to post the 22nd season with 20 passing touchdowns by a quarterback in team history.
• Cousins (530) attempting to surpass No. 12 Norm Snead (531), No. 11 Eddie LeBaron (539), No. 10 Mark Brunell (542) and No. 9 Brad Johnson (544) on the team's leaderboard for career completions.
• Cousins (290) chasing No. 4 Joe Theismann (293 in 1981), No. 3 Jason Campbell (315 in 2008), No. 2 Brad Johnson (316 in 1999) and No. 1 Campbell (327 in 2009) for most completions in a single season in Redskins history.
• Cousins completing 30 passes to add to his team record for 30-completion games in a season (three).
• Cousins throwing zero interceptions for a third consecutive game for the first time in his career.
• Cousins posting a passer rating of 100.0 or better in a third consecutive game for the first time in his career.
• Wide receiver Jamison Crowder (48) catching six passes to pass Pro Football Hall of Famer Charley Taylor (53 in 1964) for third-most receptions by a rookie in team history.
• Crowder becoming the first Redskins wide receiver since Rod Gardner (four in 2001) to record multple receiving touchdowns as a rookie (does not include backs and tight ends).
• Safety Dashon Goldson returning another interception for a touchdown to become the seventh member of the Redskins to record two interception return touchdowns in a single season (DeAngelo Hall in 2013, Andre Collins in 1994, Vernon Dean in 1984, Dale Hackbart in 1961, Dan Sandifer in 1948 and Pug Rentner in 1936).
• Defensive back DeAngelo Hall returning to the site of his NFL-record-tying four-interception game against the Bears on Oct. 24, 2010.
• Hall intercepting a pass to give him 24 interceptions as a member of the Redskins, which would tie him with Ken Houston for ninth-most in team history.
• Hall (43) picking off two passes to join Charles Woodson as the only active players to reach 45 career interceptions.
• Hall returning a fumble for a touchdown to tie Jessie Tuggle for the second-most in NFL history (five). Hall's four career fumble return touchdowns are currently tied for third in NFL history with Bill Thompson, Derrick Thomas, Keith Bulluck and Ronde Barber.
• Hall returning a fumble for a touchdown to become the first player in NFL history with five fumble returns for touchdowns and five interception returns for touchdowns.
• Kicker Dustin Hopkins converting a field goal attempt of 50 yards or longer to become the seventh Redskins kicker since the 1970 merger to record three 50-plus-yard field goals in a single season and the first since Graham Gano (four) in 2011.
• Wide receiver DeSean Jackson recording a touchdown reception in four consecutive games for the first time since doing so in five straight contests as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles in Weeks 10-15 of the 2009 season.
• Jackson becoming the first member of the Redskins to catch a touchdown in four consecutive games since Fred Davis in Weeks 12-15 in 2009.
• Jackson (23) recording two 50-plus-yard touchdowns to tie Steve Smith, Sr. (25) for fourth in total touchdowns of 50 yards or more in the NFL since the 1970 merger.
• Jackson (19) recording a 60-plus-yard touchdown to tie Bobby Mitchell (20) for third-most total touchdowns of 60 yards or more in NFL history.
• Jackson improving upon his 32 career regular season receptions of 50 yards or more, the most in the NFL since he entered the league in 2008.
• Running back Matt Jones becoming the first Redskins running back to record two 100-yard receiving performances in a single season since Dick James in 1962.
• Jones (one) joining James (two), Craig McEwen (two) and Larry Brown (two) as the only Redskins running backs since 1950 with multiple 100-yard receiving games in their Redskins careers.
• Jones scoring another receiving touchdown to become the first Redskins running back with two receiving touchdowns during his rookie season since Keiland Williams (two) in 2010.
• Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan forcing a fumble to improve upon his 16 career forced fumbles, the most by a member of the Redskins since 1994.
• Kerrigan (16) forcing two fumbles to tie Charles Tillman (18) for the most by any player since Kerrigan entered the league in 2011.
• Running back Alfred Morris (1,017) chasing Terry Allen (1,043) for the fifth-most rushing attempts in team history.
• Morris registering his 13th career 100-yard rushing game to pass Byner, George Rogers and Terry Allen (12) for sole possession of fifth-most 100-yard rushing games in team history.
• Morris (28) scoring two rushing touchdowns to become the seventh player in Redskins history to record 30 career rushing touchdowns.
• Linebacker Trent Murphy (2.5) recording a sack to surpass his career high (2.5 in 2014 and 2015).
• Tight end Jordan Reed adding to his career highs in receptions (58), receiving yards (574) and receiving touchdowns (six).
• Reed posting his third game with multiple touchdown receptions to become the first Redskins tight end since Jerry Smith (four in 1967) to record two or more touchdowns in at least three games in a season.
• Andre Roberts or Rashad Ross (one each) returning a kickoff for touchdown to tie Eddie Saenz' franchise record for kickoff return touchdowns in a single season (two in 1947).
• Roberts or Ross recording his second kickoff return touchdown to tie the team record for career kickoff return touchdowns. Andy Farkas (1938-44), Eddie Saenz (1946-51), Bobby Mitchell (1962-68) and Brian Mitchell (1990-99) are tied for the franchise lead with two each.
A WIN WOULD…... snap a nine-game road losing streak.
... be the Redskins' first road victory since Week 8 last season at Dallas.
... push the Redskins to 25-23-1 all-time against the Bears, including postseason play.
... give the Redskins a 21-20-1 all-time regular season advantage against Chicago.
... even the Redskins' all-time road record against the Bears at 11-11.
... extend the Redskins' current five-game winning streak against the Bears, Washington's longest active streak against any opponent.
... give the Redskins their seventh victory in their last eight games in Chicago (including postseason play), dating back to 1987.
REDSKINS-BEARS CONNECTIONSFormer Bears on Redskins:
- Quarterbacks Coach Matt Cavanaugh (2013-14)
- Strength & Conditioning Coach Mike Clark (2013-14)
- Assistant Offensive Line Coach Shane Day (Quarterbacks Coach, 2010-11)
- Defensive Backs Coach Perry Fewell (2005)
- Asst. Strength & Conditioning/Skill Development Coach Joe Kim (2014)
- C Brian de la Puente (2014)
- LB Mason Foster (2015 offseason)
- DE Stephen Paea (2011-14)
- WR Rashad Ross (2014)
Former Redskins on Bears:
- CB Tracy Porter (2014)
A countdown of the top-12 images of DE Jarvis Jenkins during the 2012 season.
Jarvis Jenkins (2012-14)
Redskins from Illinois:
- Offensive Line Coach Bill Callahan (Chicago)
- Special Teams Coordinator Ben Kotwica (Tinley Park)
Bears from the D.C./Maryland/Virginia area:
- Wide Receivers Coach Mike Groh (Charlottesville, Va.)
- WR Eddie Royal (Alexandria, Va.)
- CB Kyle Fuller (Baltimore, Md.)
- FS Adrain Amos (Baltimore, Md.)
- LB LaRoy Reynolds (Norfolk, Va.)
- T Jermon Bushrod (Fredricksburg, Va.)
- DL Eddie Goldman (Washington, D.C.)
Bears who went to college in the D.C./Maryland/Virginia area:
- Wide Receivers Coach Mike Groh (Virginia)
- T Nick Becton (Virginia Tech)
- T Jermon Bushrod (Towson)
- CB Kyle Fuller (Virgina Tech)
- LB LaRoy Reynolds (Virginia)
- WR Eddie Royal (Virginia Tech)
Redskins who went to college in Illinois:
- Offensive Line Coach Bill Callahan (Benedictine College)
- LB Houston Bates (Started career at Illinois)
Notable Pro Connections:
- Wide Receivers Coach Ike Hilliard (1997-2004) played for Bears Head Coach John Fox (1997-2001) while they were both with the New York Giants from 1997-2001. Fox served as the Defensive Coordinator.
- Fox (2011-14), Bears Offensive Coordinator Adam Gase (2008-14) and Bears Special Teams Coordinator Jeff Rodgers (2011-14) coached NT Terrance Knighton (2013-14) and Bears DL Mitch Unrein (2011-14) when they played together in Denver from 2013-14. Fox served in the same capacity and Gase served in various positions (Offensive Coordinator, Quarterbacks Coach and Wide Receivers Coach).
- Assistant Offensive Line/Offensive Quality Control Shane Day (2007-09), Gase (2008), Rodgers (2005-07) and Bears Secondary Coach Ed Donatell (2011-14) coached S Dashon Goldson (2007-12) at some point in time in San Francisco from 2007-12. Day served as Offensive Quality Control Coach, Gase served as Offensive Assistant, Rodgers served as Assistant Special Teams Coach and Donatell served as Secondary Coach there.
- Offensive Line Coach Bill Callahan (Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line Coach, 2008-11), Quarterbacks Coach Matt Cavanaugh (2009-12), Special Teams Coordinator Ben Kotwica (served in a variety of roles from 2007-13) and Chicago Bears offensive linemen Matt Slauson (2009-2012) and Vladimir Ducasse (2010-13) all were members of the New York Jets.
- Bears Defensive Coordinator Vic Fangio (2002-05) coached Offensive Quality Control Coach Dave Ragone (2003-05, QB) in Houston from 2003-05. Fangio served in the same capacity.
- DE Frank Kearse (2011-13) and Bears S Sherrod Martin (2009-12) played together in Carolina from 2011-12.
- TE Derek Carrier (2012) and Bears LB Lamarr Houston (2010-13) played together in Oakland in 2012.
- DL Chris Baker (2009) and Bears WR Eddie Royal (2008-11) played together in Denver in 2009.
- C Brian de la Puente (2011-13), T Jermon Bushrod (2007-12) and Bears CB Tracy Porter (2008-11) played together in New Orleans in 2011.
- CB Will Blackmon (2013-14), Bears LaRoy Reynolds (2013-15), Bears DL Ziggy Hood (2014), Bears S Chris Prosinski (2011-14) and Bears CB Alan Ball (2013-14) played in Jacksonville in 2014. In addition to that, NT Terrance Knighton (2009-12) and Bears TE Zach Miller (2009-11) played together in Jacksonville from 2009-11.
- DE Jason Hatcher (2006-13), Bears TE Martellus Bennett (2008-11) and Ball (2007-11) played together in Dallas from 2008-11.
- Blackmon (2010-11) and Bears S Antrel Rolle (2010-14) played together for the New York Giants from 2010-11.
- WR Andre Roberts (2010-13) and Bears LB Sam Acho (2011-14) played together in Arizona from 2011-13.
Notable College Connections:
- Offensive Line Coach Bill Callahan coached at the University of Illinois in various roles from 1980-86 and served as the Offensive Coordinator at Southern Illinois University in 1989.
Bears Defensive Coordinator Vic Fangio (2010) coached LB Trent Murphy (2009-13) at Stanford in 2010. Fangio served in the same position. * Bears Wide Receivers Coach Mike Groh (2009, 2011-12) and G Arie Kouandjio (2010-14) were together at Alabama from 2011-12. * CB Bashaud Breeland (2010-13) and Bears DL Jarvis Jenkins (2007-10) played together at Clemson in 2010. * LB Will Compton (2008-12) and Bears G Matt Slauson (2005-08) played together at Nebraska in 2008. * TE Jordan Reed (2009-12), CB Quinton Dunbar (2010-14) and Bears WR Deonte Thompson (2007-11) played together at Florida from 2010-11. * K Dustin Hopkins (2009-12), RB Chris Thompson (2009-12), Bears DL Eddie Goldman (2012-14) and Bears LB Christian Jones (2010-13) played at Florida State in 2012. * LB Perry Riley (2006-09) and Bears LB Lamin Barrow (2009-13) played together at LSU in 2009. * S Jeron Johnson (2007-10), Bears T Charles Leno (2009-13) and Bears LB Shea McClellin (2008-11) played together at Boise State from 2010-11. * LB Ryan Kerrigan (2007-10) and Bears DL Bruce Gaston (2010-12) played together at Purdue in 2010. * QB Colt McCoy (2006-09), LB Keenan Robinson (2008-11), Bears LB Lamarr Houston (2006-09) and Bears LB Sam Acho (2007-10) played together at Texas from 2008-09. * DB Kyshoen Jarrett (2011-14), Bears CB Kyle Fuller (2008-13) and Bears T Nick Becton (2008-12) played together at Virginia Tech from 2011-12.