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Redskins 2016 Season Preview: Chicago Bears, Week 16


As the Washington Redskins get closer to the start of another season, will preview all 16 of the team's regular season games, continuing with today's look against the Chicago Bears.

The Bears are building under veteran head coach John Fox as they try to make it back to the playoffs for the first time since the 2010 season when they lost to the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game.

Result Of Last Game vs. Chicago: Won 24-21 on Dec. 13, 2015

Chicago's Key Additions: Signed LB Danny Trevathan, T Bobby Massie, DT Akiem Hicks, LB Jerrell Freeman, QB Brian Hoyer, G Ted Larsen, CB Omar Bolden; Drafted LB Leonard Floyd (Georgia), G Cody Whitehair (Kansas State), DE Jonathan Bullard (Florida), RB Jordan Howard (Indiana)

Chicago's Key Subtractions: TE Martellus Bennett (traded/Patriots), RB Matt Forte (free agent/Jets), DE Jarvis Jenkins (free agent/Jets), LB Shea McClellin (free agent/Patriots), C Matt Slauson (free agent/Chargers), CB Alan Ball (free agent), S Antrel Rolle (free agent)

For the first time since the 2003 and 2004 seasons, the Washington Redskins will play back-to-back games at Soldier Field in consecutive years, as they'll travel to Chicago to take on the Bears in a Week 16 Christmas Eve battle.

Last season, the Redskins jumped out to an early 21-7 lead over the Bears in mid-December game before holding on for a thrilling three-point victory. It was the first of four straight victories to end the regular season for Washington.

Chicago's offense is centered around quarterback Jay Cutler, who is entering his 11th NFL season and eighth with the Bears.

Cutler has been up and down throughout his career, as fantastic performances are offset by games plagued with turnover issues.

The Vanderbilt product has thrown for 31,408 yards and 204 touchdowns to 141 interceptions in his career, but has appeared in just two playoff games over the last 10 years.

For the first time since the 2007 season, though, the Bears will have a new lead running back with Matt Forte now a member of the New York Jets.

In eight seasons in Chicago, Forte collected 8,602 rushing yards and 45 touchdowns and 4,116 receiving yards and 19 touchdowns. But in 2015, Forte's replacement, then-rookie Jeremy Langford, played well enough to open the door for his bump into the starting lineup.

Langford, six-feet, 208 pounds, totaled 537 rushing yards and six touchdowns along with 22 receptions for 279 receiving yards. Along with Langford, the Bears also have Jordan Howard, Ka'Deem Carey, Jacquizz Rodgers, Senorise Perry, Montell Owens and Darius Raynaud on the roster.

At the wide receiver position, Alshon Jeffery will play the 2016 season under the franchise tag while the hope is that 2015 first-round pick Kevin White can make a full recovery after missing all of the 2015 season.

Check out these top defensive and special teams shots from the Washington Redskins' 2015 Week 14 matchup against the Chicago Bears Dec. 13, 2015, at Soldier Field.

Jeffery missed seven games last season but still managed to put up 807 receiving yards and four touchdowns on 54 receptions. During the 2013 and 2014 seasons, the University of South Carolina product churned out back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons.

White, meanwhile, dealt with a shin injury that wiped out his rookie season. Prior to his selection with the seventh-overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, White earned second-team All-American honors in 2014 after catching 109 passes for 1,447 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Defensively, Chicago ranked middle of the pack in total defense, giving up slightly more than 345 yards per contest.

Along with returning the likes of defensive lineman Eddie Goldman, linebackers Pernell McPhee and Jerrell Freeman and cornerback Kyle Fuller, brother of Redskins rookie Kendall Fuller, the Bears will also boast linebackers Danny Trevathan and Leonard Floyd.

Trevathan joins the Bears fresh off a Super Bowl title with the Denver Broncos. In four seasons in Denver, the Kentucky product recorded 192 tackles with 19 passes defensed, five interceptions, three fumbles forced and a touchdown.

Floyd was the ninth-overall pick out of Georgia.

Chicago also re-signed cornerback Tracy Porter, who spent the 2014 season with the Redskins but managed to appear in just three games.

During the 2015 season, Porter collected 35 tackles with 12 passes defensed and an interception. 

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