Game Snapshot: Bears-Redskins

<B>KICKOFF</B> Sunday, 1:00 ET<BR> <B>GAMEDATE:</B> 10/17/04 <BR> <B>SURFACE: </B>Grass<BR> <B>TV:</B>FOX

Washington Redskins (1-4) at Chicago Bears (1-3)

SERIES
Bears lead 23-19-1 and have won the last two meetings, in 2001 and 2003. The '01 win came over the Marty Schottenheimer-coached Redskins on a trick-play touchdown pass to linebacker Brian Urlacher. Last season's 27-24 victory was sealed on a last-second field goal by Paul Edinger.

2004 rankings
Bears:
offense 20th (13th rush, 20th pass); defense 27th (19th rush, 28th pass)
Redskins: offense 26th (24th rush, 26th pass); defense 3rd (2nd rush, 5th pass).

KEYS TO THE GAME
The Bears get MLB Brian Urlacher and CB Jerry Azumah back in the lineup. The Bears hope the bye week allowed QB Jonathan Quinn time to get more comfortable as the starter. He was decent in his first outing but, like Brunell, needs to force defense to respect the pass. RB Thomas Jones was a non-factor in the last game, but Quinn has looked sharper in practice and should provide more help in his second start.

Redskins coach Joe Gibbs continues to stick by QB Mark Brunell, despite the fact his lack of arm strength is allowing defenses to bunch the line of scrimmage and stop RB Clinton Portis before he can get going. Until Brunell can consistently make accurate throws down the field, the Redskins will struggle to put drives together.

FAST FACTS
Bears:
RB Thomas Jones, who entered the season with 97 catches in four seasons, is on pace for 84 this season. ... Lead the series 23-19-1. ... Are 10-5 following bye weeks.
Redskins: RB Clinton Portis is averaging 3.08 yards per carry excluding his 64-yard run on his first carry of the season. ... Defense is allowing opponents to convert just 26.5 of their third downs.


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