Bears vs. Redskins: Takeaways from Chicago's 45-41 Loss to Washington

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Bears vs. Redskins: Takeaways from Chicago's 45-41 Loss to Washington
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Regardless of their injury situation, the one thing that became quite clear in the Chicago Bears' 45-41 loss to the Washington Redskins is that they're not going to contend for a Super Bowl title this season.

The Bears have been fighting injuries all season, but on Sunday they lost one guy they absolutely could not afford to be without as quarterback Jay Cutler left the game with a groin injury. The severity of this injury has yet to be determined at the time of this writing, but regardless of how much more time Cutler misses—if any—the Bears simply aren't good enough to contend.

The biggest issue for the Bears this season is the defense. Excuses are made every week for Mel Tucker's unit, but it's become quite clear they can't get the job done. 

While the Redskins entered the game ranked fourth in yards per game, they had a hard time scoring until the Bears let them score over 20 points more than they average. 

I'll get more into their troubles in the following slides, but there were some good things for the Bears. Josh McCown did an admirable job when he came on for Cutler, Matt Forte had another long touchdown run and their return man is still capable of being ridiculous. 

Here are a few quick takeaways from the Bears on this game and what needs to happen going forward.

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