NFL News: Thursday Night Capsule – Washington Commanders at Chicago Bears

THURSDAY NIGHT PREVIEW:

WASHINGTON COMMANDERS (1-4) AT CHICAGO BEARS (2-3)

Week 6 of the 2022 NFL season gets underway on Thursday, October 13 (8:15 PM ET, Prime Video) as the Washington Commanders (1-4) visit the Chicago Bears (2-3) in a matchup between two of the oldest franchises in the league. Washington leads the all-time regular-season series, 22-21-1, as the two teams meet for the first time since Week 3 of the 2019 season, a 31-15 Chicago victory. Prior to that game, Washington had won seven consecutive games in the series.

Washington quarterback CARSON WENTZ is coming off a Week 5 performance in which he set season-high marks in passing yards (359) and passer rating (102.9). It marked his third 300-yard passing game of the season, tied with JOSH ALLEN for the most in the league. In six career Thursday starts, Wentz is 6-0 with 16 touchdowns (15 passing, one rushing) against two interceptions for a 107.4 rating. He can become the fourth quarterback ever to win at least seven consecutive Thursday games, joining TOM BRADY (nine straight wins from 2002-15), RUSSELL WILSON (nine straight from 2013-20), and Pro Football Hall of Famer PEYTON MANNING (eight straight from 2004-13). In three career starts against the Bears, Wentz has five touchdown passes with no interceptions.  

Running back ANTONIO GIBSON enters Thursday having scored a touchdown in five of his past six road games. In two career Thursday games, he has totaled 209 scrimmage yards (104.5 per game) and three rushing touchdowns. Running back J.D. MCKISSIC ranks fourth among all running backs this season with 24 receptions. Wide receiver TERRY MCLAURIN leads the team with 326 receiving yards in 2022 and has at least 75 receiving yards in three of his past four games. He recorded a touchdown reception in the teams’ last meeting. Wide receiver DYAMI BROWN totaled a career-high 105 receiving yards last week and recorded his first two career touchdown receptions.

Defensive end MONTEZ SWEAT registered a career-high three tackles for loss and his third-career game with at least two sacks in Week 5. Defensive tackle JONATHAN ALLEN has four sacks in four career Thursday games, while defensive end EFE OBADA has a sack in two of his past three games overall. Linebacker COLE HOLCOMB tied his career high with 15 tackles last week and has at least 10 tackles in five of his past six road games.

Chicago quarterback JUSTIN FIELDS completed 15 of 21 passes (71.4 percent – career-high as starter) last week and set season highs in passing yards (208) and passer rating (118.8). He aims for his third in a row with no interceptions. Fields ranks fifth among all quarterbacks with 194 rushing yards this season and aims for his fourth straight game with at least 45 rushing yards. Running back DAVID MONTGOMERY led the team with 82 scrimmage yards (season-high 62 receiving, 20 rushing) and had his first rushing touchdown of the season in Week 5. Running back KHALIL HERBERT aims for his third in a row at home with a rushing touchdown. Wide receiver DARNELL MOONEY aims for his third in a row with at least 50 receiving yards and has five-or-more catches in nine of his past 11 at home. Rookie wide receiver VELUS JONES recorded his first-career touchdown catch last week.

Linebacker ROQUAN SMITH ties for the NFL lead with 54 tackles this season and is one of three players (JORDYN BROOKS and ZAIRE FRANKLIN) with at least eight tackles in each of the first five weeks. He has totaled 106 tackles (10.6 per game) and 10 tackles for loss in his past 10 home games. Linebacker ROBERT QUINN is one of seven active players with at least 100 career sacks (102) and he aims for his fifth in a row in primetime with a sack. In his past five games against Washington, Quinn has four sacks and two forced fumbles. Defensive back EDDIE JACKSON recorded a fumble recovery in the 2019 meeting and aims for his third in a row at home with an interception. Defensive back KINDLE VILDOR recorded his first-career interception in Week 5 and has a pass defensed in two of his past three.

Prime Video will stream 15 Thursday Night Football games this season (Weeks 2-17, excluding Thanksgiving). The game will feature Al Michaels, Kirk Herbstreit and Kaylee Hartung on the call.

For the Week 6 Washington-Chicago capsule, click here.

COURTESY NFLmedia.com

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