With 534 rushing yards in five games, Portis is the key to Washington's offense. Veteran QB Mark Brunell is nothing without a solid running game. With a four-game losing streak, the Skins are desperate for Portis to have a big game and get them back on track.
"Everybody knows the whole key to stopping that offense is stopping Clinton Portis. He's not real confident yet in that offensive scheme -- you can see that by the way he runs the ball. He just doesn't run as hard as he did out in Denver. We have to get after him early and often and force them to beat us with the pass." -- Bears DE Michael Haynes
Brian Urlacher, Bears linebacker
Urlacher caught the bye week at the right time and got two weeks off to rest his hamstring. Portis is one of the game's best backs and can bust a big one at any moment. Washington loves to run the ball, so Urlacher has a big challenge in front of him.
Another key matchup
Jonathan Quinn, Bears quarterback
After flunking his first test against Philadelphia, Quinn has a lot to prove today. With two weeks of extra practice, the Bears are expecting better results from Quinn. This is a huge game for Quinn to show he can handle the load the rest of the season.
The Redskins are only allowing 79 yards rushing a game (second in the NFL), so the focus will be on Quinn more than ever. Since Washington will try and take away Thomas Jones, the Bears' biggest offensive threat, Quinn will get his chances in the passing game.
Washington and Chicago have played 43 times in series history, the most recent meeting last season when the Bears defeated the Redskins 27-24 at Soldier Field. The Redskins have won six of the last eight games, though the Bears have prevailed in the past two meetings. The two teams have played seven times in the postseason. The Redskins have beaten the Bears twice for the World Championship, although it has been quite a long time, 1937 and 1942.
Redskins coach Joe Gibbs needs nine victories to reach 150 career wins. He has reached 10 wins or more in eight seasons and he has reached 14 wins twice during his career, in 1983 and 1991. Gibbs is also exceptional during the postseason, with a 16-5 record and is one of only five coaches to reach the Super Bowl four or more times. He is also the only coach in NFL history to win three Super Bowls with three different quarterbacks.