Key numbers from Week 6: Commanders escape Windy City with a win
The Good: Commanders finally win the turnover battle
+2: It finally happened. Washington won the turnover differential with two takeaways: an interception in the red zone and a fumble recovered from a muffed punt.
1: The interception by Jonathan Allen was the first of his career and was also the first career red zone interception for Justin Fields.
5: Washington came into the game with the seventh-most sacks per game in the league and added to that total, giving the team five sacks in back-to-back games.
7-0: Carson Wentz is now 7-0 in Thursday night games and 4-0 against the Bears. He joins Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, and Russell Wilson as the only quarterbacks to win seven straight Thursday night games. Not bad company to be in.
Despite the pedestrian stats, Wentz played turnover-free while dealing with a shoulder injury and hitting his hand on a defender’s helmet. He was key on the winning drive, providing a big-time block on Roquan Smith on Brian Robinson’s five-yard run right before his touchdown run.
0-3: Washington’s defense held the Bears to 0-for-3 in the red zone, which is a major improvement from last week’s performance against the Titans. On back-to-back drives, the Bears cruised down the field, only to have Jonathan Allen intercept Fields and then have Montez Sweat and Cole Holcomb stop Herbert inside the one for a turnover on downs. On the Bears’ final possession, Washington forced a turnover on downs to seal the victory.
4.32: Although the team didn’t give Antonio Gibson any touches in the first half, when he got his chance, he came out with a vengeance. Gibson and Brian Robinson combined for 22 rushes for 95 yards and a touchdown, averaging 4.32 yard per carry.