The Bad: Commanders defense remains a weak link
32: Much was said about the Washington Commanders' defense this offseason, and as has been the case in previous seasons, it was all talk. This defense is allowing 32 points per game, which would put them as the second-worst in the league after the Denver Broncos.
346: With their loss, the Commanders allowed the Chicago Bears to pick up their first win in 346 days. They had lost 14 straight games. That streak is over.
The Bears had given up at least 25 points per game over the last 14 contests. That streak also over.
199-12: The first quarter was an embarrassment as the Bears finished with 199 net yards of offense compared to 12 for the Commanders. Chicago had seven first downs and scored 10 points compared to Washington's goose egg in both categories.
Justin Fields finished with 145 passing yards in the first quarter, the most for a Bears quarterback since 2011.
307: The Bears finished with 307 first-half yards, which is more than their 305.3 per-game average. It's the first time they had 300-plus yards of offense in the first half since 2018.
Kendall Fuller, who came in as the top cornerback - allowing a passer rating of just 26.5 when targeted - was torched by D.J. Moore throughout the game.
10: The Commanders' defense gave up 10 explosive plays in the game, including passes of 20, 23, 32, 39, 56, and 58 yards, and runs of 10, 14, 16, and 34 yards. The Bears had their longest completion and the longest run of the season against this "top-tier" defense.
That much-heralded rookie cornerback? Well, he was benched in the third quarter.
46.6: The Bears came in converting 38 percent of their third downs and were able to convert on 46.6% of their attempts against the Commanders. However, what makes it worse is what they did on those third downs.
The Commanders gave up a 58-yard reception on third-and-9, a 20-yard touchdown pass on third-and-14, an 11-yard touchdown pass on third-and-6, a 16-yard run on third-and-7, and a 56-yard touchdown pass on third-and-2.
The bend-but-don't-break defense officially broke. Moore had a career game back in the state where he starred in college, finishing with eight receptions for 230 receiving yards, three touchdowns, and a perfect passer rating when targeted.
There isn't too much worse than being embarrassed on national television while having your sold-out crowd boo the home team. Sam Howell for one is staying optimistic.
Yes, this result won't define the team. But it's clear big improvements are needed.