As the spotlights have dimmed and the dust has settled following Washington's Thursday Night Football win, it is time to look back on what went well in Week 6 as the Commanders hope to get a streak going.
Undoubtedly one of the more eye-popping stats from the victory, the Bears came up empty on their three trips to the end zone. What's more impressive is that all of those stops by the Commanders defense came within five yards of the end zone.
"The last four games our defense has corrected something," Santana Moss said in an episode of "Command Center" with Logan Paulsen and Bram Weinstein. "If it wasn't for those guys, we could have easily lost that game."
The Commanders' defense had experienced some challenges over the last several weeks in getting those big, game-shifting stops, and a switch flipped on Thursday night. The same can be said for Washington's turnover struggles this season. The Commanders had not recorded a turnover since Week 1, and then, against Chicago, notched two.
"Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good," Paulsen said. "There's been many times this season where the ball has come out, and they haven't gotten it so it's nice to get those two turnovers."
Also seeing a boost against the Bears was Washington's run game. Brian Robinson Jr. got his first NFL start and finished the game with 17 carries for 60 yards.
"I think having Brian Robinson back gives Scott Turner the confidence to call more runs," Paulsen said. "His physical style, his vision I think elevates that group."
Overall, Washington executed its game plan rather decently even though the offensive numbers were not off the charts. There were weaknesses in the Bears defense to exploit with the run game, and that is what the Commanders set to attack and did.
"We expected to run the ball and just to see that…we leaned on the run game as much as we could and got the W, I can live with that," Moss said.
Here's a morning roundup of what the local and national media have to say about the Washington Commanders on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022. All reports, rumors and conjecture are a reflection of the media conversation and are not endorsed or confirmed by the Washington Commanders.
The reports and deals expressed in this article have not been confirmed by Washington, nor do they reflect any insider information from anyone in the front office.
- ESPN's John Keim reports on Carson Wentz's finger surgery.
- The Washington Post's Nicki Jhabvala also reports on Wentz's finger surgery.
- The Washington Post's Nicki Jhabvala writes about the Commanders' rushing success.
- The Athletic's Ben Standig writes about Rivera's passionate press conference following the Commanders' TNF win.
- The Richmond-Times Dispatch's Michael Phillips discusses the celebrations, meaning of that TNF win.
- The Washington Post's Sam Fortier takes a look at the Commanders' defensive stand that sealed a victory over the Bears.
- The Washington Post's Nicki Jhabvala reports on the Commanders' 12-7 victory over the Bears.
- The Washington Post's Scott Allen gives four takeaways from the Commanders' win over the Bears.
Check Out What's On Commanders.com:
- Washington's red zone stops give its defense a boost
- From the booth | Effort matters most
- First-of-its-kind panel, THINK PINK ® game highlight Commanders' historic Breast Cancer Awareness kickoff
- Numbers to know from Washington's Week 6 win
- Game Balls | 4 standouts from Washington's TNF victory
- Commanders-Bears Stats & Snaps
- 5 takeaways from Washington's primetime win
- Instant Analysis | Commanders defense holds strong, secures 12-7 TNF win