A trip to the nation's capital concludes Week 3 of the NFL slate.
1. Can Mitchell Trubisky and the Bears' offense remedy their ills?
Through two games, the Bears have scored nary 19 points with only six coming on a trip into the end zone.
Once the biggest offseason question, kicker Eddy Pineiro has been just about the only answer for Chicago's offensive ineptitude, though a knee injury could muddy those waters.
Uplifting news comes in facing a Redskins defense (see below) that has been likewise underwhelming and allowed more than 30 points in each of the first two weeks.
While Trubisky has struggled (348 yards in two games with no TDs, one interception, 65.0 passer rating) to a woeful extent, the offense overall must show improvement. Through two games, rookie David Montgomery is the team-high rusher with only 80 yards and scored the team's bright, shiny and only touchdown. The dynamic Tarik Cohen (74 scrimmage yards) has hardly been a factor, receiver Allen Robinson fell off after a 100-yard opener, Cordarrelle Patterson has done little as coach Matt Nagy has tried to creatively involve him, and Anthony Miller has just one catch on just two targets.
It starts with Trubisky, but it ends with everyone on the offense getting involved. And with a second prime-time game in three weeks, the Bears' offense has long been lost in the shadow of its defense, but more than ever needs to shine under the lights.
2. Is this as good as it gets for the Redskins' defense?
It was the defense that was supposed to lead Washington, though. So far, that's hardly been the story. With only two sacks, the Redskins are second-to-last in that category and hovering around the bottom in just about every key defensive stat: total defense (30th), scoring (T30th), rushing (31st) and on and on.
3. Khalil Mack is every bit the game-wrecker you remember
Khalil Mack, terrorizer of quarterbacks, nightmare to offensive lineman, pillager of game plans, is still Khalil Mack. Sure, he has but one sack in two games, but offenses are doing everything they can to stop him -- and the rest of a very talented defense -- from leading the way for a unit that's allowed just a touchdown in each game.
Mack, according to Next Gen Stats, has a league-leading 13 quarterback pressures, so he's still very much the destroyer that breathed life and experience into a young, but talented Bears defense a season ago.
Kicking conundrums and offensive woes have colored Bears headlines from the offseason up until Monday night for the Bears. Somehow the defense has been somewhat overlooked or perhaps more accurately taken for granted. And Mack, the face of the new-age Monsters of the Midway, is emblematic of that. So far, the Bears defense is as advertised even though the team is 1-1.
4. Despite solid play, when will Case be moved for Haskins?
As Week 3 dawned, 20 of the 32 starting quarterbacks were 26-years-young or younger -- the most in a single week in the Super Bowl era. That statistic includes 2018 first-round pick Josh Rosen getting his first start in Miami and 2019 first-round selection Daniel Jones starting a new era up in New York. It does not include Haskins, who the Redskins used the No. 15 pick in 2019 on.
Along with the Redskins' dismal start has come a groundswell to see the the hopeful future face of the franchise, Haskins.
As long as the struggles continue in D.C., so too will the clamoring to see the Ohio State product take the reins.
It's unfortunate and likely unwarranted considering Keenum has performed admirably. Over two contests, he's thrown for 601 yards at a 69.1 percent clip with five touchdowns to no interceptions. Hardly the numbers of someone who should be headed to the bench.
But if Keenum struggles in front of the home crowd, it wouldn't be shocking to see Haskins make his first appearance during the regular season. Then again, debuting your top pick against an often ferocious Bears defense might be a questionable move for any rookie's confidence.
Whether Keenum's trip to the pine is warranted or not, Haskins' debut is a storyline to watch and could happen as soon as Monday.